Set Meaningful Goals with an Inside-Out Approach

Set Meaningful Goals with an Inside-Out Approach

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This time of year we tend to reflect on the past year, and set our sights on the future.

Are you taking an inside-out approach to your resolutions and goals for the year? Or are your resolutions and goals more of a catalog of “shoulds” or a task list?

Alfred Adler believed that we all have one basic desire and goal: to belong and to feel significant. Finding our unique path to belonging and significance can be our greatest source of fulfillment and well-being. As you establish your goals for the New Year, consider how those goals will support you in connecting and contributing to the world in ways that are deeply meaningful to you. Connecting those dots will deepen your motivation and follow-through, and will make every step you take more fulfilling, enhancing your overall sense of well-being.

  • How will you find ways to connect and contribute your unique gifts this year?

Defining a theme for the year will also deepen the way in which you hold your goals and resolutions. A theme is easier to focus on that a to-do list, and can be a more profound and meaningful compass for day-to-day choices. One year, when I wanted to intentionally step out of my comfort zone, I declared as “The Year of Living Dangerously.” And my theme for this year is “Flourish through Focus,” to remind me of the importance of well-defined, strategic focus rather than a scatter-shot approach to growth. Some of my friends pick a single word to focus on each year, such as “Fun” or “Freedom” or “Courage.”

  • What theme might you define for this year?
  • What will it give you, if you hold focus on that theme for the entire year?
  • What structures might you put in place to help you hold that focus?

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