Foundations of Goal Setting: What Do You Want to Change?

Many of us set New Year’s Resolutions because we know we want to change something.  Often, we can’t quite place our finger on it so we jump into something that we think will make a difference. However, we don’t really think about the root of what is making us want that change.

To make sure we know, we’re going to do some deep diving into what needs to change.

Change List

Start by getting down on paper everything in your head that you want to introduce into your life or just aren’t happy with right now, from the dishes always being left until the next day (or week!), to needing to repaint the outside of the house, to learning a new skill.

You may already have some ideas for some big goals, so get them on the list too. Perhaps there is an event you would like to experience or you dream of emigrating to the other side of the world.

Goals: Projects, Tasks or Habits?

In short: Yes. A goal could incorporate any of those things.

As you write your list you may start to notice that some items look huge, and others look tiny.

Don’t worry about the size of your proposed change. You can list one off tasks or major projects – these are going to be your goals and we haven’t committed to anything yet.

You may also find that some of them feel more like bucket list items. Get those on the list, too, as we can come back to them later.

Find Your Alignment

At this point, you will want to look at your priorities and your values. What potential goals will align with your priorities and values?

  • If you consider your family to be a priority, are you spending enough time with them?
  • If you consider your health to be a priority, are you eating well and getting enough exercise?
  • If you consider proactivity to be a core value, are you building that into your work and home life?


Go back to that list of life categories we looked at on day 1 and start listing the things that you want to change or are unhappy with in each category.

Give yourself at least an hour on this but feel free to add to that list during the day.

Plus, don’t be alarmed if it seems to be a lot of things. We’ll address that tomorrow.


A deep dive into that list – and the first step to identifying your goals for next year.

How big is your list of changes? Are they small tasks, habit changes or major projects? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time, remember, if the excess baggage is weighing you down, you can always leave it in lost luggage.

Best wishes,

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