New Year Goals
We are coming up very quickly on the end of 2018! Wowza the year went by fast! Why is it that the older you get, the shorter a year feels? It felt like we lost a few months in 2018. Hopefully we’ll get them back in 2019!
As we move into the new year, what are some of your New Year’s Resolutions? Do you have any or did you jump off the bandwagon? I get it. New Year’s Resolutions are pretty cliche. That’s why I like to say they are my New Year Goals instead!
Goals VS Resolutions
Goals are more planned out and honestly has more of a punch when you say it. Goals require action plans, stepping stones, and maybe even some change of habits. People understand goals are real. They have umph behind them! It may seem kind of silly to swap out the word resolution for goal and all of the sudden it's totally different. Well, I think the 2 words evoke different mindsets.
The word resolution makes it sound like you have to correct or make up for something you didn’t do or you failed and have to start over. Plus, resolutions never stick because, well, no one expects them to! One of the biggest jokes in America revolves around the “New Year’s Resolutions”. People make fun of them all the time. I honestly think that's part of why people have a hard time sticking to them. Everyone expects you to fail before you even start! Now goals on the other hand are things people set and achieve all the time. That’s the difference.
Making It Happen
So, what are your goals for 2019? I’m sure you have some! I recommend you write down all the things you want to accomplish in 2019.
Do it, right now… I’ll wait.
Got them? Ok, if you have a lot, let’s get your total goals down to 10 or less. Michael Hyatt, who created the Full Focus Planner* and is an author about all things productivity and habits, recommends having 10 or less annual goals. This way, you don't get overwhelmed with too many goals to juggle!
Done? Next, write down your reasons for wanting to achieve each goal and action steps you need to take to make it happen. This will help you really dig into the reasoning behind your goal and how it will become a reality. Also, make sure they are specific goals. Not just make more money or lose weight. More specific like make $500 a month from side business or workout 5 times a week.
Finally, write down what your reward will be! Yes, you should have a reward waiting at the end of the goal tunnel to create an incentive. It will make you work harder and help keep you on track thinking about that awesome reward at the end!
Don’t Give Up
One thing I struggle with the most with setting goals and actually putting in the work is getting back on track when I’ve made a mistake or missed a few days. I feel like I have to start over because I failed. I find myself starting over more and more as the year goes by. I have to keep reminding myself that missing a day or getting off track doesn’t mean I failed. It just means I have to be more diligent with that goal.
We can be so hard on ourselves when things don’t go how we want them to. We put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect. Well, guess what… you aren’t perfect. No one is! We will miss days at the gym, run out of time to fix the deck, or forget to write in our journal everyday. That’s OK. Just don’t let it stop you from continuing to move forward!
*I mentioned the Full Focus Planner. If you want to learn more, click here. I am very excited to start using it at the beginning of the new year. It has everything you need to stay focused on your goals and taking actionable steps towards making them a reality. I’m really hoping it will help me stay on track and organized this year!