For the past couple of years, Brian and I (Victoria) have intentionally taken a few days to get away for a vision and goal setting retreat. It may seem counterproductive to step away in the midst of work schedules or busy seasons of life, but we have found that if we don’t, it is easy to let the busy and the new year run us right over.
During our retreats, we enjoy focused times of planning, both for our personal lives and for our businesses. We plan individually and together. We take breaks along the way to soak up nature, admire sunsets and have meals with one another and friends. As we return to our normal routine, we feel refreshed and focused.
What Victoria and I (Brian) have learned is to build goal setting around a vision for our lives. We write out our vision though an exercise called: “come as you will be.” We look ahead a few years, currently we use three years, and write out a vision for what we want our lives to be.
We look at various areas of life that are important to us, from our spiritual life, family, work, relationships, finances, personal health, etc. You would use what is important to you, it might be different for everyone. Then we look at where am I now and what do I need to do next to move closer to that vision for my life.
Goal setting thus becomes small pieces of that puzzle. When we set goals without having a “why” behind it, it’s easy to get off track from them. Let the things most important to you and your vision for the future become the foundation of your goal setting.
We encourage you to carve out some time in the next few weeks to slow down first. Find time to nurture your soul, to seek solitude, to plan and reflect. Take the time to discover the vision of what you want your life to be based on the things you value most, evaluate where you are and determine the next steps to get there.
Come as you will be.