I love to play around with Google Earth. The ability to zoom in to see your house and zoom out to see the world is thrilling. The ability to see your life situation in the big picture is a valuable skill. Often times we are stuck in details and challenges we are facing right now, this minute. More often, we panic about future catastrophes that are just waiting for us along our journey in this world.
What is the big picture life that we want to begin creating this year? When we think about setting goals and intentions for 2012, it is important to distinguish between big goals we have for our life and the measures of success we want to achieve. The big umbrella goal leads to measures of success, that are then followed by an action plans. The final step, of course, is accountability!
Big picture goal: I want to allow my body to return to a naturally healthy state.
Measures of success:
- I want to lose 30 pounds of excess weight.
- Join Weight Watchers.
- Remove unhealthy foods from my house.
- Establish an exercise plan.
Accountability: Work with my coach, friend, or other system that holds me accountable.
It will be much easier to think of measures of success that would have an immediate impact on your life. The reality is that the big picture, “zoom out” goals you establish are for a lifetime!