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2015 My Year of No Goals

Goals

If you’ve been following this blog for a while or you know me personally, you will no doubt have realised that I am a stickler for a plan. I am a planner, my life has been mapped out with plans and much of what I have achieved in life to date has been the result of a plan.  So yes I like plans, they have served me well and if you’re not a planner there are huge benefits to having a plan as I’m sure you already know, they can significantly impove your productivity in life and in work and are well worth considering.

However, like most things in life there are pro’s and con’s and one of the con’s of planning is that if you take them too far they can confine you. Every year ever since I can remember, on the 31st of December I have taken time out to write out a series of goals for the proceeding year and assessed how I’ve faired that year, based on the goals set on the 31st of December the previous year. Once I got married I would hijack my husband for an hour or two to define the visions he had for our family for the next year. Now, my husband is a visionary, he’s just not as formal as I am, so  I can’t say he finds this yearly request riveting lol. Where as I will request a meeting for everything (including sending him  Outlook meeting requests for date nights) he likes to flow a little more freely. This year  I will be taking a leaf out of his book.

For the first time in my adult life, today  I will not be setting concrete goals for 2015. I have absolute clarity on the direction God is taking me, and I know without  a shadow of a doubt that 2015 will be a year of radical change, but I’m just getting ready to flow with God in  a way that I never have before. The thing about a plan is that it can cause you to close yourself off to great opportunities because they don’t fit neatly into your box. I sense that 2015 will be a year of divine opportunities, unexpected opportunities and even mind blowing opportunities. I’m reminded of the words of Isaiah:

Isaiah 55:8-9 New International Version (NIV)

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

I’m getting ready to enter my year of flow and I’m excited about it!

As you get ready for 2015 listen to what God is speaking to your heart, if you get quiet enough you’ll hear it, often it takes the form of a deep sense of peace or an innate sense of knowing. He has a plan for you that is more wonderful than you can comprehend and he wants to communicate it to you directly. So on that note there are two books that I highly recommend you read, both have impacted me tremendously and I believe reading them will profit you greatly:

  1. Living as a Spirit: Hearing the Voice of God on Purpose by Chris palmer
  2. Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God by Dallas Willard.

Finally, thank you for visiting this blog I realy appreciate it and I pray you have a phenomenal 2015!

Love and blessings,
Katrina x

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Dreamlining: Turning Future Dreams into Tomorrow’s Goals

Dreamlining

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you’ll know that I’m a big fan of planning and goal setting. So when I came across the idea of Dreamlining in The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss I found it both interesting and useful, and worth sharing with you.

The first step in turning a dream into a reality is to move from abstract goals to specific objectives and the idea of Dreamlining is about doing just that.

In the book Tim Ferris Break’s this process down into 3 key areas:

  • Things you dream of having
  • Things you dream of being
  • Things you dream of doing

I found the process more difficult than I thought, it’s funny how you think you know what you want until you’re asked to specify the dream in detail. Another thing I found difficult was to set goals without limits i.e. current income, circumstances etc. and it’s quite liberating to do so.

I really found the process useful, even though I think about my goals often, the Dreamline template made me think about them in a way that I hadn’t in the past.

Ferriss states that he’s not into long-term goal planning and this is evident throughout the book,  I really like that the template breaks down the goal from 12 months, to 6 months and then to what you can do to accomplish it today and tomorrow. It’s so easy to procrastinate and put off for tomorrow what we can do today and this idea of Dreamlining is all about overcoming that tendency.

What’s also useful is that the template doesn’t just address what you need to do in order to make your dream a reality, but causes you to think about the means you’ll need to do it.

I’m still reading The 4-Hour Work Week and so far I don’t agree with everything that the book promotes but it does have some useful ideas, dreamlining being one of them. If you’re considering starting your own business and relinquishing the 9-5 it’s definitely worth a read.

If you do decide to try the template or read the book I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Speak soon,
Katrina

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