When you mark the beginning of something, you want to do it right. For me, I wanted to hone in on how to properly set goals for the year. A goal is an idea of the future or desired result that a person envisions, plans and commits to achieve. But a goal without a plan is only a dream.

Nobody just drifts into the kind of life they've always wanted. It's attained by first having clarity on what propels you, and then being purposeful of your daily activities. However, there are times when we catch ourselves just coasting aimlessly, desensitized with the dreariness of our days. We forget that we're not mere observers of our lives; instead, we are our own catalyst of change.


In the corporate setting, we have a yearly performance review. It's when we discuss our accomplishments, identify areas where we've exhibited both strengths and even weaknesses to then gather relevant feedback to become better at the job. I know what to expect moving forward by aligning with new goals. It's quite informative to decompress a year's worth of work and see how I'm doing overall.


Then it hit me. I can adapt this routine of annual examination and progress measurement in other areas of life also. Goal-setting should not be confined only to my job. We often neglect the fact that life is multi-faceted. Leadership Mentor Michael Hyatt in his course '5 Days to Your Best Year Ever', pointed out that there are ten domains of life and each one matters.


They are:

SPIRITUAL - Your connection to a higher power

INTELLECTUAL - Your engagement with significant ideas

EMOTIONAL - Your psychological health

PHYSICAL - Your bodily health

MARITAL - Your spouse or significant other

PARENTAL - Your children, if you have any

SOCIAL - Your friends and associates

VOCATIONAL - Your profession

AVOCATIONAL - Your hobbies and pastime

FINANCIAL - Your personal or family finances


When was the last time you sat down to write specific goals for every single one of these areas? Did you go back to review how you fared with it?

Set your goals paper bubbles with clip hanging on the line against purple background.

I broadened my scope of goal-setting and made sure my life is not lop-sided. Now conscious of the entire landscape, I felt as though I'd expanded my territory in crafting my goals and it's been a fascinating process for me. I followed a 'SMARTER' framework from the same course, which stands for:








If I may share a few of my 1st quarter goals:

In the Spiritual Domain:

Read the Bible from cover to cover 10 minutes a day as part of my daily personal devotional routine in the morning between 5-6AM.


In the Emotional & Financial Domains:

Set-up a Command Center in the kitchen by January 31, 2019, to create a system for processing our mail and keeping organized with household paperwork to be on top of all bills and correspondence at all times.


In the Social Domain:

Participate in a Mastermind Group to be held accountable with annual goals and conduct weekly meetings physically or virtually starting January-2019.

I encourage you to think through your goals deeply and write them down. Circle back to them and objectively quantify your progress. Come-up with 7-10 annual goals across all domains. Then focus only on 2-3 goals per quarter. Record your weekly wins and then set your upcoming weekly goals. Create accountability structures to keep you in line throughout the year.


When you do these, you set yourself up for success. Gone are the days when you're passively waiting when your life is going to change. You abort neglecting other areas of your life with imbalanced goals. So be intentional and move the needle to your dreams by giving them a deadline. Make plans and make them happen too!  Move to have well-rounded goals in various domains so that you enjoy the wholeness life has to offer.





Shiela Bernardo is a budget nerd who is keen to stay on track with her family’s financial goals.  She perpetually seeks to demystify how to keep the house clean. She is a business analyst by profession & a self-taught computer programmer. She blogs about family, faith, and finances in her spare time.

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