Anyone who knows me knows that my latest frenzy is all about the financial guru Dave Ramsey and the common sense he rants on about daily during his radio talk show. (I have my sister-in-law to thank for this…) Anyways, when I was listening to one of his older podcasts, Dave Ramsey listed 7 areas of life in which you should write goals and measure the progress made each year. I quickly typed them into my cellphone so that I wouldn’t forget, but it turns out they were already available in a handy article online as well. Here are the 7 areas that need goal setting:
- Physical – This one is a no-brainer for me as to why it’s included on the list. As dietitians we help our patients improve physical aspects of health (e.g., lifestyles, behaviours, and food choices) through goal setting whether that is to lose weight, have more energy, lower blood pressure, or exercise more. Have you ever found this goal area to be a challenge? Lucky for you – that’s why I’m here! At Beyond the Dinner Table, I will give you some of the tools to kick start positive changes in your life!
- Intellectual – When I was in college, this area was easy enough – just complete the assigned tasks in the syllabus, and I was set! Fast forward to life as a mom, and now I have to be a little more intentional at lifelong learning. This goal area could include taking a college course, reading “X” number of books in a year, completing online training, or learning a new language.
- Career – It’s always a good idea to scribble down a few goals that will either get you closer to your dream job or move you forward in your career. Are you a stay-at-home mom? Then this goal-setting category can go hand-in-hand with the intellectual category. For example, meet with a mentor or read a book with the “how-to” on running an organized and economical home.
- Social – I didn’t even think of goal setting in this area before hearing it from Dave Ramsey. But it makes sense – without making goals to regularly visit with family, friends, and fellow church members, you will miss out on opportunities to build on relationships.
- Financial – This one speaks for itself. We all need to make plans in this area whether that is paying off student loan debt, saving for a child’s education, or creating a retirement plan.
- Family – Your goal setting for the New Year should include helping family members achieve their personal goals as well!
- Spiritual – Try teaming up with a mentor to assist you in goal setting with matters of the heart. Spiritual goals may include having a daily devotion time, memorizing scripture or songs, setting aside time for prayer with your spouse, or seeking out professional support in problematic areas of your life.
Let me know what you think! Do you try setting goals in specific areas like the 7 listed here? What would you add to the list? Have you found goal writing worthwhile and useful in achieving your dreams in the past?