Are you ready to make goals and stick with them? This year set your goals up in a way that inspires you to dream big.
You hear it often, set goals. Or better yet as the new year begins people often ask, What are your goals for this year?
I love setting goals. I like looking back and seeing what I hoped to accomplish and how I did or didn’t. Some of us want to set goals but aren’t sure how to get started.
My husband likes to talk about our dreams and visions but breaking things down, writing it down is so not his speed.
Here are five ways to start setting your goals.
The first thing to remember is to start small. You don’t want to set completely unrealistic goals and then give up. Tricking yourself that you can’t and you won’t. Start small because you can and you will.
Here are seven questions to ask.
- What do you want?
- Why do you want it?
- What’s holding you back?
- What will you do to get it?
- How will you prioritize it?
- When is your deadline?
- How will you reward yourself?
Small steps are crucial so you don’t feel like giving up. What are some smaller steps you can work on first to help you achieve your main goal?
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Break your goals up into Short-term goals and Long Term Goals.
When writing out these goals be sure to create a deadline for the goal. It’s like putting the period at the end of a sentence. Give yourself a mini reward when you complete it. Write that down as well. If you love crossing things off the list leave a space to put a nice big checkmark when you complete it.
A Goal without a plan is just a wish.
When you are planning your goals and what you hope to accomplish it helps to create a gratitude tracker. This is just simply a list of things you love and are grateful for. Doesn’t need to be life-changing things as simple as sunny days, my kid’s smile, or my husband’s warm touch.
I like to create a space just for the things I have achieved. This year I looked back on 2017 and filled in some major accomplishments for my personal/business growth. One was reaching over 1 million page views in 2017 with my blog.
The key to following through with goals is to stay motivated. This is why writing goals down and hanging them up in the kitchen is a motivator. When you are reminded of your goal and see it daily you will stay motivated. Giving yourself small rewards is another way to keep going.
An example I have right now is to change all my old pin images to new updated ones. I’m only a handful of the way to finishing this and the month isn’t up. My reward is a Starbucks latte! This works for me because I can’t go to Starbucks and buy a drink just to buy.
It’s something I think is ridiculously expensive, yet I enjoy it. ( I was a Starbucks manager for two years which started my love for it) So when I feel like I earned my Starbucks drink it becomes enjoyable and guilt free. Let’s be real, spending $5 on a drink is crazy! 🙂
Questions to fill in to get started:
- Reasons I want to Be____
- Reasons I want to Do____
- Reasons I want to Go_____
- Reasons I want to Try____
- Reasons I want to Change____
I’m not as visual when it comes to setting goals. I still prefer to read blog posts then watch them on Youtube, BUT my husband is the opposite. If you need a visual create a vision board. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. Just use a note paper and draw from the following questions.
How to get started:
- Know what you want
- Gather or draw images that define your vision
- Arrange and create your collage
- Review it daily to stay motivated
If you hate drawing like myself I thought it was fun to create my own bucket list. Something for me personally wasn’t so business focused but lighthearted and things that would just bring more joy to my life if I experience.
That’s it! After creating your own plans and goals you are well on your way to success. It feels amazing to look back from month to month or year to year and see your own growth.
There are a few goal planners you can buy as well on Amazon if you want it to be organized. If you’re frugal like me, just writing these down in a notebook works great. I stick mine up on my cork board in the office.
That way I can look through each month and reflect back. I also use a planner for my everyday tasks and monthly goals I picked up from Michaels.
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