“A Look Ahead” Goal Planning Exercise (+ free template)

A Look Ahead Goal Planning and Future Journalling exercise

I enjoy future journaling and one of my favourite New Year traditions is doing a visioning reflection. It’s meant to be a casual, non-structured writing and dreaming activity like the one I’m sharing today.

I first created this worksheet back in 2013 and in light of everything we’ve all endured this year, I thought it was time to give it a fresh makeover.

A Look Ahead Goal Planning and Future Journalling exercise

The practice of writing down your deepest, sincerest hopes and dreams for the future is shared by many around the world.

For example, Japan is home to “kakizome”, celebrated on January 2, which loosely translates to “First Writing” Day. On this day, individuals share auspicious words, poetry or other symbolic statements for the new year. Much like Western New Year’s resolutions. In Japan, calligraphy is a big part of this “First Writing” practice, but for me, a (nice!) pen and paper will do fine.

My New Year goal planning exercise is a bit different from others you may have seen because it encourages you to look ahead one year. Then, you answer the questions from that future perspective.

Rest assured there are no wrong answers. Just write what you think/feel and you may be surprised what comes through!

This exercise may help you dream and explore what you would like to do, learn, donate, visit and otherwise achieve over the next 12 months.

If you are new to this type of future visioning, you might like to give it a try! Visit this page to download your free 4-page New Year visioning exercise and fill it out while you’re thinking ahead to the potential of the coming year.

But if I can offer a word of advice?


Anything is possible!

Let’s be optimistic and let’s not allow the incredible difficulties and challenges of the last 10 months linger too long in our memory and psyche. We are resilient and strong. We can adapt to whatever comes our way. Allow yourself to explore a future with opportunity and optimism.

As Gloria Vanderbilt said:

You must always have great, secret, big fat hopes for yourself in love and in life. The bigger, the better.”

Let me know… Do you set goals or make New Year’s Resolutions? Why or why not?

Life is a plate… Eat up!


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