I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Everyone is still in a festive mood and the stress of the holiday season is winding down. I enjoy the after-Christmas sales and I usually take the week off between the holidays.

My number one favorite activity this last week of the year is reviewing the goals I set for myself last year and seeing how much I have accomplished over the past year. Every year I am amazed at how much I can accomplish if I do one simple thing. That one thing is writing down my goals!

Along with reviewing my progress in achieving my goals, I will create goals for myself going into next year. The top reason why I set goals is to steer my life in a particular direction. For me goal setting is no different than taking a road trip in my car.

I don’t just hop in my car and start driving; I have a destination in mind. If my road trip is across the country, I will map out how many days it will take to get there if I elect to drive between 500-600 miles a day.

Goal setting is no different. I want my life to head in a particular direction. For example, if I have a goal of retiring by the time I’m 65, I need to know how much I need to save each year in order to hit my financial goal and retire.

For years, I just went along with life like a fishing bobber floating on the surface of the water. The winds and currents took me where they may; I had no particular direction in mind. Once I decided to write down my goals and take action on achieving them throughout the year, my life changed.

The best way I can describe it is that it expanded. I found that with intention, focus and action I continuously exceeded my goals. Hitting my goals has given me the confidence to expand my life into areas I never dreamed of. Blogging three times a week was nothing that was on my radar scope over a year ago. Let alone blogging on Huffington Post and Aspire magazine to name just a few of the publications I’ve been featured in.

The number one reason I love goal setting is that it has given me the freedom to dream and dream BIG about how I want my life to look. Evidence on continuously achieving my goals over the past years is proof enough that when I set my goals high I will hit them.

I would encourage you to look to set goals for yourself this coming year. If you’re struggling with getting started, send me an e-mail and we can discuss.

Author's Bio: 

Debbi Dickinson is a professional woman who understands the challenges of balancing work, home, love and carving time out for you. Her website is filled with blogs, articles and newsletters written specifically for women. To gain access to a free gift designed exclusively for professional women, visit her website at: http://www.steppingintojoy.com