As we edge closer to the end of the year it’s impossible to not start dreaming and scheming about 2018 - there’s nothing like the start of a fresh new year to set some big juicy goals and dive into making them happen!
Perhaps you’ve already started?! In case you haven’t, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
To be honest, I’m not a fan of resolutions at all - I believe you can set a new goal or commit to making a change any day of the year, but I do think the start of a new year is the perfect time to re-assess where you’re headed; commit to being intentional about your time, as well as making solid plans for the year ahead.
Let’s be honest for a moment - how many times have you set an ambitious new year resolution or goal, only for it to fall flat on its face not too long after?
The problem with setting goals and resolutions at the beginning of the year and then see them fall over soon after comes down to two things:
1. Setting the wrong kind of goals.
2. Not having a solid system and plan in place to make them happen.
So today I want to share with you the 5 simple steps to rock every.single.goal you set in 2018 and beyond!
Let's dive in!
1. Align with your “why”
The number one reason why we don’t reach our goals is when they’re not aligned with our purpose - A.K.A our ‘why’.
The lack of any kind of meaningful attachment to the outcome of what we’re setting out to pursue, doesn’t give us the motivation or inspiration we need to go after our goals with passion or perseverance.
Start getting into alignment by asking yourself -
What do I really want?
What does my ideal life look like?
Where do I want to be in 5 years time?
What is holding me back?
As soon as we get this clarity on our biggest desires and what is important to us, the process of setting goals aligned with this vision becomes really easy as we’re bringing this amazing energy to consciously create this future version of our lives.
Aligning with our purpose also means we’re setting up our future success as the goals we set for ourselves feel inspiring, exciting and possibly make us feel slightly freaked out!
But this is a GOOD thing, because setting goals like this mean we’re leveling up and pushing us outside of our comfort zone.
Goals worth pursuing should give you that butterfly feeling. Always go with the butterflies.
2. Break Down Your Goals Into Actionable Steps.
How many times have you set a huge goal for yourself and then wonder how the heck you are going to actually make it happen? Yep, you’re not alone!
Which is why it is essential that every goal we set needs to be broken down into smaller, actionable steps.
Perhaps you've set the goal to start your own business; or maybe you want to make a big career change which will mean retraining in something entirely different (how freaking exciting BTW!) - but looking at these goals alone is enough to wonder what the heck comes first and what your next move will be.
Then we just get so overwhelmed by this big goal we’ve set for ourselves and put it in the ‘too hard basket’ - and guess what?
Yep, we stay exactly where we are.
So, for each goal you set for yourself this year, commit to backing it up with a plan that details the steps you need to make for this goal to be met.
A good tip here is to break your big goal up into monthly goals, followed by smaller weekly goals so you can review at the end of each month/week the progress you’ve made.
Not only does breaking our goals down into actionable steps help keep us on track for reaching our bigger goals, it helps to motivate us as we can then chart the exact progress we’ve made - WINNING!
3. Review Your Goals Daily
This is a big trick and easy to miss, but so powerful once we build a strong habit to support it.
Reviewing our goals daily ensures they are top of mind - this step is essential for keeping the momentum going with any goal we set.
The No. 1 reason why people don’t reach their goals is because they don’t stay close to them, making it super easy for us to forget, lose interest or plain just ‘can’t be bothered'.
Out of sight, out of mind, right?
When we make the commitment to keeping our goals close by and document them in our journal or goals planner and create a daily habit of making them part of our morning routine - it makes it SO much easier to keep our next best steps top of mind; plan each day with intention and we know exactly where we are headed!
4. Be Flexible In Your Approach
One of my favorite quotes by Tony Robbins sums this up perfectly: Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
It’s perfectly ok to be flexible in how we go about achieving our goals.
Let’s be real here: it is pretty much given that "life happens" and as a result we need to be able to shift and make changes based on unplanned circumstances that come up.
The path to achieving any goal rarely goes as planned and is always filled with obstacles and challenges that make us really question our commitment to making them happen.
What’s important is that while our path may look different to what we had originally envisioned, we are still 100% committed to working out a new plan that sees us achieving our goal.
A good tip here is at the end of each month set aside some time to review your progress - ask yourself:
What went well?
What didn’t go so well?
What do you need to tweak; or perhaps make some changes on?
5. Celebrate Your Wins!
This is often overlooked, but by taking the time to celebrate every goal we crush, we're creating space to honor ourselves and the hard work we've put in to making it happen.
When can also use this celebration as an opportunity to reflect and assess the key factors that led to making this a success - we can then use these learnings to fuel our subsequent goals.
Pausing to acknowledge how awesome we are for rocking the goals we set for ourselves also helps motivate us and fuel us with the confidence we need to keep going. Knowing and believing we’re able to achieve anything we set our mindset to essentially becomes the proof we need to know just how capable we are.
Nope, it doesn’t need to be elaborate, but why not treat yourself to an afternoon of Netflix; buy your favorite magazine; or getting your nails done - just enough to celebrate your awesomeness!
There you have it - my 5 steps to crushing EVERY single one of your goals.
Now it's over to you: I’d love you to share in the comments what helps you stay on track to reaching your goals!
To taking your next best step,