Setting Goals

All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas

Layin' in the sun,

Talkin' bout the things

They woulda-coulda-shoulda done...

But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas

All ran away and hid

From one little did.

-Shel Silverstein

The list of things we’re told we ‘should’ do seems never ending… we should drink a lot of water, exercise daily, get 8 hours of sleep a night, eat a balanced diet, get annual check-ups, get married, have 2.5 children, go to college, get a high paying job, have a pet, volunteer for non-profits, donate to charity, recycle, keep our house clean, travel, stay out of debt, throw amazing birthday and holiday parties, read books, date your spouse, read the news, vote, practice self-care…

But what happens when there is so much we should do that we don’t know what we actually want or where to even start? Our shouldas become wouldas or couldas. We find ourselves going through the motions of life without direction, passion, or intention.

One of the solutions? GOALS

If you’re following along in the Seeing 20:20 handout or journal, you’ll notice every single day has a space for 10 goals. There are tons of studies and information on different types of goals, goal-setting methods (SMART, FAST, DUMB), impact of effectiveness of goals, etc. They all differ and have different pros and cons, but they also all agree on one thing: everyone needs goals.

Goals give us drive and purpose. They help us narrow down the things society says we should do and helps us create a blueprint specific to who we are, what we want, and how to get it.

So, before you do anything else, set goals.

  • Write down 10 audacious, shoot-for-the-stars, give-your-life-purpose type of goals.

  • Write down 5 skills you need to develop to achieve those goals.


  • Stay focused, work hard, and don’t settle.

Keep the momentum going and be intentional with setting goals to help you be Seeing 20:20 by 2020!

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