There is something about the first of anything that contains a bit of wonder and excitement– the air is full of unlimited possibilities.
The first day of school ….
The first page in a new notebook…
The first date…
…and of course , the first day of the year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!
It’s is pretty amazing, here we are in 2018! Another year ;fresh full of opportunities , goal, plans, and good times ahead. The first day of the year is somewhat cleansing after the hectic 2 months of non stop holiday parties,extended work hours , giant meals, trips, and all that comes along with the season.
For some, that can also mean feeling a little overwhelmed and stressed trying to properly participate in the holidays and , you know …. live your normal life.
Deadlines were still due . Projects still being dished out. House work still required doing. Finances still required watching .
The holiday are wonderful and amazing ,but Life still goes on and that can make for a lot to deal with .Now that the dust has settled its time to kick things into high gear to jumpstart a successful and amazing year .
Have you thought about what you want this year to look like for you ? Is it a year of building confidence? Or maybe a year of trying new things? Maybe your goal is specific , like travel to a new place, or finish your school year with that coveted 4.0 GPA.
Whatever your goal is , know that this is your year to accomplish it . You have the power and ability to achieve the goals you to set out to achieve as long as you arm yourself with the proper tools to do so. Every winter, I spend the end of the year preparing myself for the year ahead.
Armed with the question – What do I want my year to look like ? I create the image , plan and process by which I intend to get me to that vision. A roadmap for year head so to speak . When you are armed with a plan and a method for executing that plan – you are much more likely to accomplish your goal. I know many of us have quite a few ambitious goals for ourselves this year , and I want us to all I’ve our best lives this year . So today I am sharing my 5 Goal Settings tips to keep you aligned, focused, and on track all year long.
STEP 1: CREATE A GOAL FOR THE YEAR
STEP 2: CREATE A PLAN + PROCESS
STEP 3: COMMIT TO ONE THING THIS MONTH
STEP 4: TRACK IT
STEP 5 : AUDIT + EDIT
CREATE A GOAL FOR THE YEAR
Whether your goals is to start that business this year or finally run that marathon you always said you wish you could …
The time is now to make those wishes and dreams a reality. But that first begins with developing the will to get there. Spend time thinking about what you hope to achieve, do, or feel like this year. This may mean you have one mood for your year
I.e. – I want to have a more peaceful and calm life
Or it could mean a series of goals but related and unrelated
I.e. – I want to improve my savings by 10%, spend more time with family , and sleep better .
CREATE A PLAN + PROCESS
One of my biggest lessons of 2017, was that planning is not enough by itself.
What does that mean ?
It means, when we outline our goals and set them- often we have no method in place for proper execution of those goals. If you want to take an international trip, do you know the steps you have to take to make that happen within the time ad budget you have available ? The truth is, setting your goal is only the first step. You must outline how you will execute
Even if you have to deviate from the process or edit it, you have a framework to reference for quick and efficient changes.
COMMIT TO ONE THING THIS MONTH
One of the biggest reasons people quit on their yearly goals before they even really get started is that they get overwhelmed. It can feel like you have to figure out and solve your issue in one swift motion instead of the reality, which is step by step.
Avoid overwhelm and stay on tack by taking your over all goal and breaking it into smaller pieces or milestones that you can manage over time .
A plan and process helps us to be accountable to ourselves. Pay attention to your progress to your commitment. Are you able to honor your plans or do you find yourself consistently missing milestone deadlines.
AUDIT + EDIT
What happens when our plans aren’t working ?When the method we thought would be successful
, is not ?
Nothing in life is certain, and no matter how amazing our planning may be – something things just dont work out the way we hope. This is why it is important to be flexible with our plans, know that it is okay to access if you need to change your method. Life is a fluid experience, is it not structured perfectly in a way that we can plan for everything. With this understanding we can release ourselves of the expectation to be perfect. Instead , look for the opportunities to grow and adjust.
This is how you achieve the goals you set .
2018 is yours for the taking. There is no more time to wait, the power to create the life You want ( and deserve) is to do the work. The first step begins with setting and committing to your goal. Take the first step and commit to your milestone goal for this month with the FREE 31 Day Habit tracker.
Download the Habit Tracker from the Becoming Collective Library to set your goal and stay accountable for 30 days .
Photo Credit : Shaleek Brown