It’s a new year and you know what that means? No, not new years resolutions, new years goals!
What’s the difference you ask? Well, resolutions usually don’t last very long. You make a decision in your head, you might say them out loud and tell a few people, but by March you’ve fallen off the wagon…again. Goals, if you set them up the way I’m getting ready to show you, will let you accomplish the things you really want to do.
We all have dreams and aspirations. Things we would like to do. Things we would like to learn. So why do some people reach their goals while others just keep dreaming about theirs? Keep reading to find out why and how you can set yourself up for success in 2019.
What are your goals?
Schedule some time to sit down without distractions and really think about what you would like to accomplish in 2019. Wake up before anyone else if you have to. Get out a piece of paper and start brain dumping. Just start writing. Write down the things you want to do this year, things you want to learn, projects you want to complete, business goals you have. Get it all out of your head and on to your piece of paper.
After you have all of your goals written down, circle the ones that mean the absolute most to you. The ones that would really make a difference in your life or your family’s lives if you accomplished them. Now, if your like me and have a ton of goals I’m not saying you can’t reach them all, but you don’t want to overwhelm yourself and set yourself up for failure at the get go. Remember, you are not coming up with resolutions. Your setting goals and you want success!
Rewrite your goals clearly and descriptively.
Now that you have your top goals for 2019 figured out it’s time to clearly write them out in a way that you can develop an action plan for successfully achieving them. Studies show that people who clearly and descriptively write down their plans are 80% more likely to achieve their goals. That’s a pretty big success rate for just writing them down.
While writing down your goals use the SMART acronym to guide you. Your goals should be:
For example, one of my goals in 2019 is to write one new blog post a week for the next two months. That goal is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound.
Keep your goals somewhere that you will see them often.
If you’ve done all this hard work on setting your goals only to never see them again then what the point? You need to place them somewhere that you will see them frequently. Maybe on your desk, nightstand, refrigerator or in your home management binder.
Make a plan.
Creating and writing down your goals are a big part of reaching your goals, but only part of the process. Having a plan is what’s going to get you there. When and where will you work on these goals? Come up with this plan now not later. Will you get up early? Will you stay up late? Will you work on your goals during nap time? After you decide when and where you will be working towards your goals, write it on your calendar and schedule this time in.
Stick with it.
Commit to yourself to stick with your plan for a specific number of days. It’s so easy to get sidetracked, derailed, and fall off the wagon. But if you commit to working on your specific goals at specific times, eventually they will turn into habits and you won’t even have to think about working out or getting up early to read your Bible or work on that project you’ve always wanted to finish. Won’t that be nice?!
Give yourself grace.
Go ahead and prepare yourself for grace not perfection. You will hit that snooze button one morning and you will not feel like working out one day. But when that happens, give yourself grace not guilt and start anew next time!
Best wishes and happy New Year!
What goals are you setting for 2019?