7 WAYS I PLAN TO REACH MY NEW YEAR'S EVE GOALS
It has been one week since New Year's Eve, 2017. So... how are your resolutions going? Have they turned into a "first week of the year To Do List?"
This year... I had a change my approach to my resolutions.
This year I had my 2017 goals in my head, but I took the time to write them down on January 1st. It was a nice lazy day. The boys were sleeping in after the late night, the night before. So I took the opportunity to sit and write out what I wanted to accomplish this year.
I have had goals written down for the last 2 years, but I was never specific enough. I still have my goals from two years ago laminated and posted on my bathroom mirror, which is a great idea and I will do that again for 2017. But this year, I wanted to put more thought into HOW I was going to accomplish my goals, not just, WHAT my goals are.
First I set a goal that I was going to accomplish. Give birth to our baby girl in the spring. I have written specifically how I want to accomplish this, but have not put a specific date on it obviously, she’ll come when she’s ready. However, by the time December 31st 2017 comes around we will be a family of 5 not 4. So I know one goal will be accomplished in 2017.
The other goals I wrote down were a professional goal, family goal, relationship goal and health goal. I’m trying to be a well-rounded goal attainer.
After writing them down I started to dissect them. How I planned on being successful with them and set timelines. I wrote down the baby steps I needed to take on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and how I will make myself accountable. Here are the 7 ideas I have to make sure I accomplish everything, I set out to, in 2017.
7 IDEAS TO IMPLEMENT TO HELP YOU ATTAIN YOUR GOALS
1) Write them down and look at them every day. Typing them out and putting them on my bathroom mirror or on my fridge so I see and read them every day.
2) Be specific. I have my goals and I’ve set timelines and benchmarks of when to attain them. I looked at where I wanted to be by the end of December 2017 and worked backward. I broke down, bi-annually, monthly and weekly and how I was going to get there.
3) I need to remember WHY I started. I wrote this at the bottom of my goal sheet. For example, maybe you want to earn more money, but do you want to earn more money so you can say I have more money? Or because you want to take your kids on a life-changing vacation, or buy a new wardrobe, etc. I have to be specific, so when times get hard, I stick with it.
4) I’m making it a routine and changing my old routines. I set goals this year because I didn’t attain them last year, so I need to change my routines to make them happen this year.
5) Acknowledge that it will be a challenge. Nothing worth doing is ever easy in the beginning, so when times get tough I will continue to put the effort in to move closer to my goals. Even when I want to quit.
6) I’m a visual person as most of us are, so I make a vision board or a secret Pinterest Board or I draw what I want to see happen this year. These create the visual q’s for my goals and keep me motivated. I look at this when I need the motivation to stay focused.
7) Holding myself accountable. If I was brave I would post all my goals in this article and revisit my progression in 2018 to the world. However, I’m not THAT brave so, I am telling my husband and business partner my goals in order to be accountable.
This is my plan. I had to change my system, to change my outcome. My main changes were setting deadlines, which will help me be more organized. Organization is going to be key for me this year as we continue to build Loco Bebé and welcome a new little one into the family.