It’s the beginning of the year and I’m sure you’re still feeling energized to accomplish your goals. The newness of the calendar changing, the energy on social media, and the fresh start you felt like you needed is still alive within you. But before long, that’ll wear off. I know, I hate to deliver the bad news, but we all know it’s true. The excitement starts to wane and one morning you get back into bed after turning your alarm off instead of getting up, aaaand it all goes downhill from there, amIright? haha!
Not this year, though. This year you’re going to do things differently. You want to. You just need the right tools and that part I can help you with.
Today we are going to talk all about goal setting. Not just talk about the lofty goals that you hope to reach “one day” with no step-by-step action plan. We’re going all in. Getting serious this time.
I’ll be honest, there are tons of people telling you how to set goals and sure, you might feel a little overwhelmed by all of the different ways to do it. I’m here to help you make this an easier, more manageable, but strategic process. Let’s get started!
I’m giving instructions below and at the very bottom, there are worksheets for you to download to make this even easier.
How to Set Goals
Define Your Values
Start by defining your values. Not many people teach it this way so let me explain why I do. I believe that recognizing your core values will help you know yourself better and know what goals you want to strive for this year. Let’s say you value simplicity. If that’s the case, you might set a goal to declutter your home this year or say no more often. If you value fun, you might want to schedule more girls nights or take weekend adventures that excite you. Your values give you a foundation for who you are and how to orient your life to what matters most.
List Your Goals Into Categories
If you’re feeling stuck about what goals you might want to set, this is a great start. Here are some general categories and I recommend you go through these and list out your thoughts and ideas. Keep it broad for now.
Categories: Personal Bucket List, Learning Opportunities, Business Accomplishments, Health, Financial Milestones, Philanthropy + Community, Big Crazy Dreams, Other
Maybe you say: get out of debt, lose weight, volunteer more, regular date nights, daily devotional, take a trip to Europe. List all of your ideas under the categories.
Define Your Goals
Here’s where we are going to get specific. You want your goals to have these characteristics:
I work with clients on a three-month time frame so when we set their goals, they have to be sure they can be achieved within that time. Be sure to consider your time frame. However, you also want to challenge yourself. You want your goals to push you. In addition, your goals should stir feelings in you and instead of moving away from something negative, “I don’t want to watch 2 hours of tv at night anymore”, you want them to be moving toward something positive, “I want to spend 2 hours at night reading a book.” See the difference? One makes you feel bad for doing something while the other makes you look forward to accomplishing it.
Here’s where we are going to break down your goals into why they matter and what actions you need to take to get you there.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Why do I want this goal?
- Who do I need to be to accomplish this goal?
- What resources do I have available to me to achieve this goal?
- What resources will I need to achieve this goal?
- What 3 action steps will I complete in the next week to move me closer to this goal?
- What 3 action steps will I complete in the next month to move me closer to this goal?
If this still feels overwhelming trying to read this and set your goals, I have worksheets available for you to download. It includes everything I listed here plus much more and is all packaged up nicely for you to print off and fill in. Just click the photo below, and it will take you to a page where you will pop in your name and email, and the bundle is all yours.