Establishing the right goals for you in the new year will take careful consideration. It will require you to get honest with yourself and have some self awareness. Don’t just set a goal that “sounds good” or is “good for you” with no real intention or plan to follow through. You need to be aware of what it is you need and want. There has to be a strong desire and a will to do it.
First, think about what is important for you and to you. Grab some paper and start brainstorming. Prioritize your list with simple and clear details. If you have subscribed to my email list you will get a free download goal setting sheet to help you. I have also included a weekly goal sheet to help you along the way.weekly goals
Answering what is important for you and to you, will give you a sense of direction. If you can’t answer this then it’s time you start putting yourself out there- meet people and take up a hobby or two.
Know your destination
What do you want to accomplish and why? What are you hoping to achieve? If you do not know this, then you need to explore what it is you could possibly want. Know the facts before you take a big leap into embarking on a big goal. The more you know the easier and clearer it is to get to your destination. Get specific.
Research your destination so that you have an idea of what you need in order to get there. Think about it this way…when you take a trip somewhere you’ve never been, what do you do? You plan, prepare and have back up plans.
The farther the destination, the bigger the chance of getting lost. Many obstacles can occur in the process as well: your phone service cuts you off so no gps, your car breaks down along the way or your credit card gets declined while at a gas station. Be safe, not sorry.
Know what steps to take
- Who is going to help you?
- What are you needing to help you?
- When are you going to do it?
- Where are you going to do it?
- How are you going to do each goal?
All good questions to ask yourself. Write down, as this could be a really helpful thing in the future when you need to reflect. Put each action step in order with specific instructions. You are better than a one step action. Click To Tweet
Create a 2-5 step process, starting from easiest to hardest. Anything more than 5 steps and you may want to quit entirely. Anything less and you are not challenging yourself enough.
Let’s prioritize now
- What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
- Where does your money go?
Is it moving you to where you want to be in the future? If it’s not then we need to re-prioritize. Get rid of all the unhealthy things that you are prioritizing.
Sometimes we are aware of this and sometimes we aren’t. One or two of our closest trustworthy friends can see things we can’t always see in ourselves. We may think our behavior or actions are normal and even sometimes healthy but that’s where we can deceive ourselves.
Here is an example I’m sure many of you can relate to. You spend numerous hours on social media. Your intentions could be good. You say “I just want to help inspire people.” However the problem comes into play when it consumes. Many of us are completely unaware when we are in addiction mode.
In my case I am an input junkie who loves researching and discovering new creative ways to better myself and people. This isn’t helpful though when instead of creating, I’m consuming. Time is an issue. We can never get it back so how you spend your valuable time is important.
Prioritize what you need to do with an appropriate amount of detail, time and attention. Block out time to get what you need to do done and clear yourself of distractions which can waste our valuable time.Monthly Habit Goal Tracker
Track your progress
I’ve included a free pdf that I have made to help you on this journey. There are so many benefits to tracking your goals. For instance, you can look back and get a very clear picture of what specific goals need tweaking.
When you are on a trip, you can get a feeling for where you are at based on tracking. Same is true for your goals. Tracking your goals has many benefits. You can see what needs more focus and less focus.
It can also build your confidence and faith in yourself in this journey. You will become more aware of how far you’ve come and how long it took you. It can especially be helpful as you continue in the future. You will be able to see the growth through reflecting.
Revise when necessary
Whatever isn’t working, tweak it a little. Give it some thought and attention. Don’t just throw out a good goal right away. There is no rule that says you need to do a specific goal just like everyone else. Click To Tweet You are unique and what works for one person, may not work for you. Tweak it in a way, that you know will move you forward in your goal.
You were made to succeed and you will succeed! Just by reading his post alone you have succeeded. Your knowledge, desire and willpower can move you to incredible heights. I believe in you. Let’s do this!
Be blessed & bless others,