I recently received 2 similar emails from readers asking how I go through the process of setting BIG yearly and/or monthly goals for myself, my business, house projects, etc. (and then how I go about working towards those goals).
Both readers sheepishly lamented the fact that they felt like they had no “big goals” for their lives.
They felt no need to do BIG house projects.
They didn’t have huge aspirations for what they wanted to do with their lives (outside of what they were currently doing).
They didn’t have a “dream job” or a big fancy career they wanted to pursue.
They didn’t have any huge financial milestones they wanted to work towards.
They were simply happy and content with their current lives… but at the same time, they felt like they needed to have big goals in order for their lives to have purpose.
As many of you know, I love thinking and talking about goals… so it’s probably no surprise that I received these emails asking about goals. However, what might be a bit more surprising is that I can actually relate to these 2 readers!
In fact, I’ve had a post in my drafts folder for several weeks now about my lack of BIG goals for my life!
The truth is, I’m much more of a small, everyday-goals type of person.
For the last several years, I’ve actually felt a little guilty about the lack of new BIG goals, projects, and ideas I’ve had for my business, my blog, and my life.
It’s not that I don’t care about my business or my blog, or that I don’t do anything fun or exciting in my life. It’s just that I’m honestly really REALLY happy and content with how things are right now.
I’m happy with how much (or how little) time I need to devote to my blog to keep it running.
I’m happy with the work/life balance I have at the moment.
I’m happy with the progress we’ve made with home renovations (even though we’re still stalling on our laundry room progress)!
I’m happy with how full (or empty) our family schedule is, and I feel my “plate” of to-dos is manageable.
This does not mean that my life is perfect or that I never want anything to change ever again… it just means that FOR NOW, I honestly have no big goals for my life.
However, I DO still set goals on a regular basis.
When it comes to setting monthly or weekly goals, my goals are super simplified.
In fact, sometimes I even think of my daily to-do lists as mini goals for my day. I just keep plugging along until I cross all those miniature goals off my list.
And if I don’t get to them today, they’ll be first on my list for tomorrow.
What if YOU currently don’t have any big goals?
Maybe you don’t have a big goal to lose a specific number of pounds, but instead, just want to eat healthier and incorporate more activity into your day.
Maybe you don’t have a big goal to pay off your mortgage several years early, but instead, just want to pay an extra $5 or $10 a month.
Maybe you don’t have a big goal to move up in your career or land your dream job, but instead, just want to keep doing what you’re doing really well.
Maybe you don’t have a big goal to renovate your entire home, but instead, just want to swap out a few decorations or move some furniture around.
Maybe you don’t want to be a master chef or baker, but just want to grow and expand your kitchen skills and knowledge.
Maybe you don’t have a big goal to travel the world or visit every continent, but instead, just want to take a few local day-trips with your family or friends.
Maybe you don’t have a big goal of reading 100 books in a year or journaling every day, but instead, just want to read and write somewhat regularly.
Maybe you don’t have a big goal to find a perfect cleaning schedule and meal plan for every single week, but instead, just want to keep up with the laundry and eat at the table more often than not.
I could keep going and going and going with more examples… but I think you get the idea.
THE POINT IS…
Just because you don’t have a BIG goal doesn’t mean you still can’t set goals for yourself on a regular basis.
Your life and your days can still have purpose and meaning without the addition of BIG goals… I promise!
And if you DO have big goals?
Good for you! I have lots of experience working towards and accomplishing big goals and it feels AMAZING!
Keep in mind though, it’s not a bad idea to break those BIG goals down into smaller, more manageable chunks so you don’t get totally overwhelmed and give up (yes, I’ve had experience with this too!)
What are some of the small, but important, goals on your list?
top photo credit: Ashely Baxter on Flickr