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Revisting Your 2011 Goals-How to Have a Very Good Year

Updated on September 7, 2012

How to reevaluate your goals

It is the middle of the first quarter, you started the year with a game plan, now comes a pivotal moment: do you fumble, drop the ball or continue to move forward successfully? No, I’m not talking football, I am referring to New Year’s Day, 2011 when a fresh start sounded exciting and 365 days were a blank slate for you to write your destiny on.

It isn’t easy to make long range goals and keep them unless you periodically take time to re-evaluate them. One of the easiest ways to do this is either monthly or quarterly. With each re-evaluation you will be able to assess whether: your goal is on target, unrealistic, or needs tweaking.

What did you hope to accomplish in 2011? What direction did you hope to travel? Did you write your goals down in a notebook or was it hurriedly scratched out on a piece of scrap paper?

If you cherish the time given to you to accomplish great things you will be organized and attentive to the dreams that are important to you.

If you are failing miserably, or worse, cannot even recall what your goals were on that first day of the year, I would encourage you to take a moment to reflect on what you want to accomplish in the next three months.

Steps in setting goals

Helpful ways to contemplate your future and set your sails for successful achievements are:

1. Take time to write out one or two goals in the areas that interest you. Here are some of the areas I evaluate: health, wealth, spiritual growth, personal growth.

2. Write down each area and list any and all things, no matter how outrageous or small, that you would like to accomplish in this lifetime before you die.

3. Find a goal partner and meet via face-face or phone to discuss weekly goals. This is your ticket for accountability and support. Remember, your goal partner is counting on you for support to help him meet his goals as well. Once a week for 15-20 minutes is a commitment you can keep. Write down both your goals and your partners goals for the week. Each week you will begin the meeting with a review of whether you met your goal or not. You may offer a reason, but that is not the purpose here…it is just a report.

Look at patterns that keep you from your goals, such as procrastination, depression, hopelessness, doing the same routine instead of moving outside of your comfort zone

Future Goals

Remember: the quality of your life can be improved at any point but, it is up to you to make this happen. Dream big and achieve all that you dream. You are unlimited potential.

Find an Accountability Partner

I follow the tips I have offered here with much success. I make progress toward long range goals and feel that at any time I can pick up my notebook and read where I’ve been and where I’m heading. My goal partner is my sister, Danette Watt, who is also a hubber here. We meet weekly, although she lives in Illinois and I live in North Carolina. Our meetings are done via the phone and we encourage and support one another in our goals; and celebrate our accomplishments with each other. We’ve been doing this for two years now.


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    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Vinaya-I appreciate you reading this hub and am glad that you brought it back to my attention. I think I will repost this hub at the beginning of December.

      I agree that it is good to get a 'head start' on planning for the new year. I love fresh starts and am always invigorated by it.

      I have taken the challenge on a few tries. I was successful in January of 2011, and have a few hubs written about planning for success if you care to read them. I took my second attempt in April but there was too much going on in my personal life to succeed. Still, it brought no shame as I look at it from a positive view: I added more hubs to my profile.

      My third attempt is this month. I am behind, but again, no shame or distress. It is all to spur me on, I know what my life is like (busy) and the necessity of finding balance, and it again, adds more hubs to my profile.

      Plus, I've been busy creating poetry for the contest, LOL

      You have too! Your poetry and photography is outstanding.

      So, thank you for reading and I wish you much success with goal setting. I ended up being scheduled to work on New Year's Eve and New Years Day (both on the midnight shift, so I will 'see' the new year in my hospital and then be unavailable to spend that quiet, quality time alone planning for the New Year like I usually do. Oh well, that is the way it goes.

      Thanks for your visit.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal

      Since 2011 is at the end and 2012 is at the threshold, I wanted to read your say so that I can make the new year really interesting. The idea, 30 hubs in 30 day hubchallenge looks very interesting. In the month of November, I had taken the same kind of challenge but could not complete because for few days my internet connection crashed. Perhaps I will do this in 2012.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Jo-I used to belong to a goal 'group' years ago that consisted of my husband and I and the other couple. Eventually, one of the goals that we 'supported' for them was to move ahead and get married-both had been married before. It is a powerful 'holding' space to have one or more people support, without judgement, criticism or analysis i.e. "How is THAT going to happen". It is important to bring to yourself someone with positive energy. Wonderful for you. Take care and do let me know how it works out. Thanks.

    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image


      9 years ago

      Bravo! Really great information in a well written hub. I will have to consider maybe applying your # 3 tip about getting a goal partner. This could be my other half. Thank you so much for writing this. I will keep you posted! take care..:-)

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Reprieve-I appreciate your comments. It is true-but with the desire...true desire, we find support somehow, somewhere. Best to you.

    • Reprieve26 profile image

      HS Contino 

      9 years ago from Oregon Coast

      "Remember: the quality of your life can be improved at any point but, it is up to you to make this happen."

      I LOVED this line! It's never too late to change, but change takes effort.

      Great hub. Voted UP! :)

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Sofs, for your comments. Awww, shucks. Maybe next time. I think I will try to do another one this summer with Cara. Maybe you'll be freed up by that time.

    • sofs profile image


      9 years ago

      The success of any goals depends upon your determination and commitment to make them succeed. Periodic review of progress made and clear planning is another major contributor. Yes, the buddy system always works, you goad each other into achieving the best. That is a surefire method of getting to your goals. Thanks Denise for sharing.. I wish I can join you in the the April 30-30 but I have too much preplanned for that time. God bless!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Ashantina, Acaetnna, and Susan--a delayed response from me b/c I was out of town and out of computer access, on retreat.

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I'm glad you found the info useful.

      Ashantina-Thanks for the hubchallenge cheer--why don't you join us? :)

    • Susan Miles profile image

      Susan Miles 

      9 years ago

      Great Hub! The thing I like most about setting goals is that even if I do not completely accomplish what I've set out to do, I accomplish something. Goals keep me on track. I agree it's a good idea to reassess mid-way through.

    • acaetnna profile image


      9 years ago from Guildford

      This article makes perfect sense Denise. It is important to keep revisiting goals and adjusting them where necessary. A goal partner is a great idea, I hadn't thought of that before.

    • Ashantina profile image


      9 years ago

      Hi Denise, thank you for the kick butt reminder!!

      Wishing you the best with your April hubchallenge goal!!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Karanda-how are you? Thanks for the comment. Good luck with your goals. :)

    • Karanda profile image

      Karen Wilton 

      9 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for the reminder to check the goals I had set for myself this year. Some are on track and others, well...perhaps they weren't that important. A quarterly review is a great idea.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Dear Darski-I'd love to have you join the April challenge group. I know it is exactly that: a challenge! Especially now with all of the new rules the hubteam is laying out regarding hub quality and product reviews. Still...there is power in the group support. We'll cheer each other on. Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Viryabo, Fossillady and always exploring-Thanks for stopping in for a read. I'm so glad to learn that the 'goal partner' idea is a winner for so many people. Good luck!

      Sister-my thanks for YOU for being such a great partner all these months. REally helps to keep me focused and accountable!

      @De Greek-only you could have come up with such a marvelous suggestion, LOL Thank you for sharing. You are a trip!

    • De Greek profile image

      De Greek 

      9 years ago from UK

      I have discovered that the secret to a happy life is to give up on all goals as soon as you first make them :-)

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      9 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I especially like the concept of having a partner in reaching your goal. Thank you for the informative tips.

    • Fossillady profile image


      9 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Yes, hard to stick to sometimes especially when you're like me, easily distracted! lol, The goal partner is a novel idea and I bet it works well, thanks for sharing!

    • Danette Watt profile image

      Danette Watt 

      9 years ago from Illinois

      Great reminder to "check in" with ourselves on where we are in achieving our goals. Having a partner is key for me (thanks for being that, sister!) because otherwise it is easy to get busy with the day to day living and lose sight of the big picture. Voted it up and useful.

    • viryabo profile image


      9 years ago

      Thank you Denise, for sharing this.

      I admit i have tried to achieve goals i set for myself, year in, year out, but without much success. Most times, i simply forget the goals i set.

      Now, having a goal partner is such a wonderful idea, and i think i will now 'restrategise'. i know i'll achieve better results the way you have advised.

      Bookmarked and rated up.


    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      9 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Hey Denise, I think I would like to join you in the group effort of 30 hubs in 30 days, I did that once and it almost killed me, but once I finished I was so proud of myself. That might be fun, also this is really a great hub, my year always starts on my birthday at my hour of birth, that is when I set goals and meditate over what my life should be. Now that I have gotten older and retired I just go with the flow. But I silly, LOL. I love you hub, it is a great time to re-asses goals and prorities. Rate up up love & peace darski

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Good morning Marie-how are you? I'm glad you are 'recommitting' to your goals. It is so easy not to stay the course b/c of all of the lists of things we have to do that keep us busy; as well as the ones we don't have to do, but keep us distracted.

      I hope these tips help...the goal partner really is a boon, if you can find another person, such as your partner, to share your goals with.

      Have a good week.

    • VioletSun profile image


      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I needed this refresher, as I admit I have not been very consistent with my goals. It's perfect timing as Spring is in the air, so, I commit to writing them down and following through!

      Voted up!


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