I believe in goal setting and making actionable steps to get those goals accomplished.
It makes you feel good when you progress forward. A couple of weeks ago, I decided
to make some forms to help me keep up with my goals, and I thought you might
enjoy using it too.
If you are looking for a system, and you don’t have one, here is mine.
Every month I make my monthly goals. I then plot out what action steps I need to accomplish
these goals. For instance, if I am going to paint a page in my book, I will first have to know
how I want it to look by the time I am done. I pick my colors, I pick the subject, I pick the
layout, and I begin to create. In the action steps department, I give myself weekly tasks
that need to be done to accomplish this within the month.
Three goals are an attainable number; however, I am ambitious, so I always have mini
goals to accomplish because I usually complete my main goals earlier than I had anticipated.
When I complete it, I write the date down. I also like to ponder some quote, thought, or
verse for the month, so I put that within the appropriate box. My mission reminds me of my
life’s driving force. It keeps me focused. My personal guidelines are the three things to help
me guide myself in the next year. Things I want to remember that I learned in the last year.
For instance, one of my guidelines for this year is to put my oxygen mask on first.
It has deep meaning for me.
My monthly action plan is used at my Awesome Club. What is an Awesome Club you ask?
An Awesome Club is likeminded people that are going to support you. They don’t just support
you with words, but they are willing to step in and assist you when needed; in fact, with each
goal, they tell you how they can help, and they follow through.
The Awesome Club is for another post on another day. Needless to say, the monthly action
plan not only holds me accountable to myself, but I show it to my Awesome Club, and my
paper holds me accountable to the club. There is something to be said to have to look at
another and say, “Yeah, I didn’t do that one because…. I couldn’t.” You will be met with “You
couldn’t or didn’t want to….” Challenging people help you grow.
If you become flustered thinking about personal missions and guidelines, and you want to
bury your head, I understand. I didn’t wake up one day and discover this. I have spent the
last two years being asked very hard questions, which made me think about myself and
what I want in a way that taxed me to the core; however, with each step forward, I understood
myself better, and I began to see things a little more clearly. Remember you don’t need to fill
in this section yet. You can just stay focused on your monthly goals, and you can work
up to the other stuff.
The 2018 Action plan has a similar setup as the monthly action plan, but it has a lot more spaces
for the goals you are looking to attain in the coming year. One of my goals for 2018 is to
understand light better. Light is foundational to compositing, photography, and painting.
My action step is to go through a three-day class on light. I have purchased my class, and it is
plugged into my calendar. I structure my goals for professional, personal, and family, and I
then try to mark it on the calendar. When it gets that far, it will get done. Too many times we
don’t follow through, or provide ourselves with action steps, and we just sit and do nothing.
Sitting leads to stagnation, and I see too many people living in those types of waters. With
each small step forward, you will get to where you want to go; you just need a plan.
I hope you find these resources as helpful as I am.
I love improvement. If you think there should be something added to the paper,
let me know below, and I might add it for next year.
I have printed mine out on aged paper. If you want to print it out on copy paper, just select
the ones labeled “plain paper.” These ones have a built-in texture for you. Right Click on the
image, save it, and print it.