Goals by Age, not by Year.

I get asked about goal setting a lot. Today being New Year's Eve, a day notorious for audacious goal setting, allow me to share how I do goals. Perhaps it may help you like it has helped me.
I do not set goals that start on January 1st. My goals, a.k.a. resolutions, get set on February 12th, the day I entered this world back in 1980. Instead of setting my 2016 goals, I have a list of things I want to accomplish in the 36th year of my life.
Here is what it looks like:
Last December, about 3 months from my birthday in February, I created a note in Evernote titled “Year 35” where I kept track of the things I want to accomplish as a 35-year-old. I started listing things here that would be great to do. They included people I want to meet, places I want to go, things I want to learn, challenges I want to overcome, etc.
On my birthday, I go through the list and make it official. There are always things on there I no longer want to do. I delete those. Things that I cannot accomplish in age 35 I move to another note I created called Next 5 years. The “Next 5 Years” has a bunch of stuff I thought I would want to do one day, but as my life evolves, or better, as my life unfolds I no longer want to do some f the things I once thought wee important or would be fun. I’ll refer to this list when I start creating my Year 36 note (which I created a few days ago).
I refer back to the list “Age 35” at least once a week to see if I made any progress (to date, with two months left, everything on the list is checked off J). When/if I did, I created a bullet underneath that goal. When I accomplished the goal, I check the box and write a little summary about it. These are fun to look back on and reminisce.
Here are a few things from Age 35:
✓Work at IMG Academy
  • Date completed: December 19
  • Hired as a leadership coach
✓Complete 6 classes of MA in Performance Psychology with >3.5 GPA
  • Completed 6 classes with 3.8 GPA
✓Publish 40+ coach notes
  • 41 total notes, and counting. Notes have evolved from long form (1000 words) to less than 500 words per post, 3 days a week.
I am currently working on the Age 36 list. One thing I notice when looking at my pasts list is this: I need to dream bigger. I think we all could dream bigger. What do we have to lose?
Here’s to your best age ever.