Painting a picture is different than taking a photograph. When you take a photograph, you see what actually is. When you paint a picture, you can see it as you would like it to be.
If you could paint a picture of what your life would look like one year from today, how would you paint the picture? What details would you put in? What details would you remove? Where would you be in relation to your career, your family, your spirituality, and your health?
Earl Nightingale once said, “People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.”
The art you create is how you live your life. Your goals are simply the paint and the brushes needed to paint your future on the canvas of time.
Goal setting is all about bringing the picture of the future you have in your mind into reality. We must set goals for the future based on what we want that future to look like.
If it is our life, and it is, we can control the colors, we can control the brushes, and we can control the strokes.
Too often, we let life circumstances, other people, and a variety of outside influences control these elements in our painting. When we are the ones who set the goals that we work toward, we able to take that control back.
Here is a four-step process to paint your own picture of the future.
You will want to follow the four-step process for each of the areas of your life you intend to focus on. Set a goal in each area and then prioritize them numerically. If you have fewer than 5 goals, you can add an additional goal for a category. If you have more than 6 goals, remove anything that had a lower priority than 6.
Between now and the end of the year, there is plenty of time to flesh out these goals and add more specifics to them. And, the best part is that you do not have to wait until January 1st to start working on them. Now, go out and paint your picture of your best future.