Each December, I revisit my business plan. Sounds pretty dull right? I actually love doing this because it's my time to sum up the year. I take a look at what's working, what's not and where I should be focusing my energy for the coming year.
Each January, I set aside some time for personal goal setting. It's easy in this business of crazy hours and no days off to get completely engrossed in the minutiae of a transaction and closing the next deal. These are some of the best parts of the job! But it's important to me to also not lose sight of the fact that I have a family that needs my attention and a life that wants living.
Last year I took a giant piece of paper and my black sharpie and made my personal goals list. Little goals, big goals and even one unlikely, out-of-the-park huge goal.
This is what happened: the little goals--the ones that would have taken an afternoon and very little effort--didn't get done! BUT the big goals--those that required planning, saving or training? I crossed every one of those off. And even my huge, out of reach goal was crossed off by July!
So this year, I'm aiming high again. I realized that my goal list is not so much a To Do list but a reminder to find some fun, connect the dots of lifetime goals with annual ones, and dedicate some energy to myself.
Go make your list!