It is hardly too early to start your annual planning cycle. To help get you “kick-started” I am re-posting an article from the Intersection of Purpose and Now archives. 2011 is the “now”; what is your Purpose?
What if you made this year about exploring the limits of your ability to experience life and add value to the world around you?
Approach your question from four perspectives. First, if you could try anything new this year what would it be? Choose a specific goal in this category then approach it like a true beginner. That means you don’t know much and must learn a great deal, which is difficult for many people to consider (especially us “grown-ups”). Ask questions, research, read, try, try again, be willing to fall down and get up again, practice, practice, practice.
Second, start climbing your own “Mount Everest”. I once told my coach that my peak experience was helping people discover and reach their loftiest goals. Her response:
Stretch yourself to pursue your wildest dream this year. Your life will be transformed, especially if that dream somehow serves others.
Third, nearly everyone has a problem to be solved. Identify a problem that, once solved, would add value to the world around you. It is amazing how picking up the “litter” where you live or work can brighten the days of those who live and work near you.
Finally, consider your strengths and those experiences you find most fulfilling. Then focus your days on using those strengths to serve others. Learn, achieve and serve to make this a very special year.