The 5 F’s of Goal Setting

In a staff meeting this week I was talking to the team about GOALS. As many of us start to wind down the year, it’s a great time to be introspective.

How did your year go?  Did you do the things you wanted to do?  Did you move toward your goals?  I talked about the 1 thing holding many people back here.

In addition, I spent a bit of time talking about my thoughts on big goals.  I believe you should stretch yourself.  These big goals are not Pass/Fail.  Read more on that here. But there is one thing that I don’t think we talk about enough when we talk about goal-setting.

If you want a well-rounded life, you should probably have well-rounded goals.

Most of us have goals that center around two areas; finance and fitness.  Though those are both important areas, they are not the only ones.   That’s why I talk about the 5 F’s of Goal Setting. Finance, Fitness, Family, Faith, and Fun.  If you want a well-rounded set of goals (and a well-rounded year), this is a good list to start with.

Finance:  This time of goal might center around how much money you want to make, how much you want to save or the sales number you want to achieve.

Fitness:  Do you want to lose 10lbs?  Want to run a half marathon?  Maybe you just want to improve your diet.  These are all great and they fall here.

Family:  This is the place where I remind myself that I want to spend time with those that I love.  Do I want to have a date night with my bride?  Do I want to do something specific with my girls?

Faith:  Do you want to give more?  Do you want to get involved and volunteer?  How can you make an impact in this area?

Fun:  Yes…I think this area is important too.  And it’s great if a few of these might overlap.  For example, if you want to take a great family vacation, that might cover two of the five “f’s.”

This is not a comprehensive list.  But it’s a great start to getting you thinking about creating a year that you will be excited to live.  Now let’s get them on paper!  Oh…and if you want to dig deeper on goals, we have created a FREE course on goal setting here.

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Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.