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It is time to begin the process of setting the goals that will make next year fruitful.

This means we need to set true meaningful goals, not make surface resolutions. As with all things of value, this is not a five minute thing where we make a quick list of the things we want to have happen in 2013. I want you to have true success. This of course is unique to you. It is also something that includes multiple facets.

In order to begin the process of designing a great year, we need a clear picture of where we are right now. The best way to do this is the “Quality of Life Assessment.”

I have identified seven aspects of life which make up your overall quality of life. I understand that examining your quality of life can be a very ambiguous thing. However one thing is certain, if you have anxiety, discontentment, stress, unhappiness, poor health, or any other ill feelings on a regular basis, then you are not experiencing a high quality of life. Below are the seven aspects. Rate yourself on a scale of one to ten as to how you presently perceive your level of satisfaction in these aspects. Place a number from 1 to 10 in the blank with 1 being complete dissatisfaction and 10 being complete satisfaction.

State of Physical Health

This takes into consideration your level of fitness, your weight, energy, the way you think you look, physical pain, sickness, or other health concern(s). ______

 State of Pursuits

This may include your career, a project you are involved with, a sport you are focused on, a book you want to write, or anything else you care enough about to want to pursue._____

 State of Fulfillment

This relates to the joy you are experiencing in the things you are doing, and how much of an impact you feel you are having in the areas of your life that matter._____

Standard of Living

This pertains to where you are economically, relative to where you would like to be. This may include monetary assets, retirement, cash flow, etc.____

State of Relationships

This has to do with the condition of your important relationships (i.e. spouse, children, friends, etc.). Essentially any relationship that is important to you would be reflected here._____

State of Mental Outlook

This is how you feel emotionally, how optimistic you are, your self-esteem and confidence, and you spiritual life._____

Capacity to Give

Few things make us feel better than giving. This could mean of your time and talents or giving financially. We all have areas of life where we would like to contribute in which there is no possibility of reciprocation._____

All of these areas have a different level of emphasis depending on you, the person. You are unique. What might be very satisfying to someone else might not matter at all to you. Only you know what is important to you. The point of this exercise is for you to take an honest look at what is going on in your life at this moment because only through personal  understanding can you begin on the path of true positive change.

It would be best to have a journal where you can write down your thoughts about your scores and reflect on what you would like to be different. This will be a good start for tomorrow’s lesson as we build our way towards creating the goals that you can achieve for 2013 and beyond.


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