I recently spoke with a talented woman who avoids writing down her plans because she feels anxious when she thinks about her future. She doesn't write down her goals because she is already overwhelmed with her to-do list and doesn't want to compound the stress. Another woman told me that she was too old to have goals. (She is about 65.)
At one point, I didn't see the purpose of writing down my goals either.
Before I began what I call "life design," I felt extremely unsatisfied: I was living in a place I did not want to be, working at a job I was ready to leave. I didn't have time for the things that mattered most to me.
My life design process began when I conducted an annual review, looking back on what worked and what didn't in the past year. Once that was done, I started working with my planner throughout the year, documenting myself on a monthly basis and envisioning what I wanted: more joy, more community, work that makes my heart sing, more energy. Doing so only reinforced my belief that our words carry power. When we say things aloud, we make waves. When we write them down, we commit to them consciously and subconsciously.
Slowly but surely, over about two years, I shifted. I found a job that allowed me to move back to the state of Colorado, where I feel at home. Still, these shifts led to more shifts as I continued to document and realized that my job and location weren't the only issues.
Could you use a little help moving to the next level in your life? Here's how to get started with journaling and goal-setting: