How To Make 2018 Your Year! Set Goals and Keep Them!
It’s almost that time. It’s almost the turn of the year, and you know what that means…? New Year’s Resolutions. Gah! Let’s set some goals!
I’ll be honest with you. I LOVE New Year’s Resolutions! I love the fresh start and setting new and challenging goals for myself. It puts something I want in sight, and I know which direction to go. That’s why I’m sharing this goal setting post!
Notice I didn’t mention anything about a gym membership. You know, because how many people follow through with that after March? Or even January?
I didn’t, and I’m not ashamed to admit it!
Now! On to the important stuff!
Find out what’s important to you
This is the fun part! The first step is the brainstorming step! I don’t want you to skimp on this one. To make it fun, I would recommend getting creative with this part. Grab a big piece of paper, a variety pack of markers, and don’t hold back!
What’s important to you? How do you imagine your best self? What kind of person do you want to be? Think back at what you wanted to be as a kid. Do you still share some of those dreams? What do you want to improve about yourself? Think about things you want to learn. Do you have a hobby you’ve been putting off for when you have “more time”?
Don’t be boring and generic. So go big! Get creative! There is no limit, and there is nothing too small.
Happiness? Health? Self-confidence? Promotion? Learn to paint? Learn carpentry? Have more fun? Save money? Eat less dessert…(or more in my case)? #cantstopwontstop #noshame
The second step is for organizing your beautiful mess of ideas. Circle first priority ideas with one color, second with another, and so forth.
I like to challenge myself and set a gazillion goals for myself. I thrive on having too much on my plate, so this works for me! Personally, I’ve separated my goals into three categories: personal, blog, and my art business. You can imagine how long those lists got!
Set goals that are easily attainable. Set goals that are a bit challenging, and set goals that scare you. The only way to know how far you’ll go is by testing it. Don’t hold back my friends.
You are far more capable than you think you are.
List the necessary steps to get there
Write down basic steps to get you moving in the right direction. Don’t get too detailed yet because you’ll have plenty of time for that throughout the year. Plus! It might get a tad overwhelming.
Use a fair timeline to attain your goals. Don’t give yourself too little, or too much time. Too little time might leave you discouraged, and too much time might leave you unmotivated.
Write down what might hold you back
Something interesting that I thought of while brainstorming for this post is overcoming obstacles. I put myself in the mind of someone reading this, and thought to myself that this may be overwhelming. I also thought about how everyone inevitably treks through obstacles throughout their life.
Set yourself some goals, then give a little thought into what might hold you back? Do you lose motivation easily? Is money an obstacle? Are you scared of failing?
Use these possible setbacks as a way of foreseeing the future. We all make mistakes, fall down, and fail, so don’t expect achieving all these awesome goals is going to be easy!
Now, jot down counter attacks to your obstacles
What will you do in the face of adversity? How will you pick yourself up? What would you tell your best friend if they failed at something? Say those encouraging words to yourself.
Most importantly, forgive yourself for your mistakes. Everyone makes them, and you’ll only make it worse by tearing yourself down farther.
Make a list of affirmations
Hoo hoo! What’s an affirmation you ask? An affirmation is the action or process of being affirmed. It is support and encouragement. The important thing about affirmations is that you have to say it as if it’s true RIGHT NOW.
Instead of… “I want to be successful this year.”
Say this… “I am capable and success flows to me freely.”
See how much more empowering that is?
Get a bullet journal and keep track of your progress
I know, I know…this crazy bullet journal craze! I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and I may never go back! I bought myself two bullet journals (one for personal, one for my art business) and some colored pens.
Then, I pinned a ton of inspiration on Pinterest and customized mine to fit my needs. I really love that I can personalize it to every little goal I have. I can track my daily habits and give myself tons of space for writing.
It might just be the best type of planner I’ve ever had! I am all about planning and organizing so I love bullet journals!
What are you 2018 goals?
Tell me in the comments!