In a previous post (2017 in Review) I promised to share tips for setting goals for the coming year. In order for you to fully get the context, I would suggest that you read 2017 in Review.
Perhaps you are like me, you’ve given up on the very thought of a New Year’s Resolution and you’re tired of even hearing the term as it has become a joke to you. I stopped making New Year’s Resolutions for maybe four years now and started setting long and short term goals two years ago. The trouble with New Year’s Resolutions is that we never really applied a process to them or any plan to cause us to stick to them.
Goals are pretty much the same as resolutions as a goal is an aim or desired result, It’s just that goals can be made at any time and not just at the start of a new year. I strongly believe that goal setting is done by people who are serious about life and want to go places. You have to be willing to make a commitment and employ the steps necessary to see it through.
“Goal setting is the process of identifying something that you want to accomplish and devising a plan to achieve the desired result.”
With that being said here are 10 Tips for Setting goals for 2018:
- Pray – no matter what it is that you’re doing, always invite the Lord into the mix before you start.
- Brainstorm – spend some time and think of some things that you want to do in the upcoming year and write them down whether big or small.
- Narrow down – go through the list that you came up with and narrow it down to about 5 goals that you want to achieve in the coming year. This is so that you are not bombarded with too many goals.
- Build on them – ensure that they are S. M. A. R. T (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-bound)
- Create a visual concept – this can be done by using the vision board concept or creative journaling. You can also use sticky notes to place that on your bathroom mirror or other highly visible places. This will help you keep them at the top of your mind.
- Create a planner – this will help you to keep track of your process with you goal and create a strategy for achieving it. Most goal setting planners or workbooks have a timeframe set out in the template. You can look online for a free one, create your own or you could purchase one.
- Tell someone – this will help to focus accountability and give you the extra push you may need as time goes on. Most of us ten to remain committed to the things that we tell others about.
- Be positive – about the whole process and the possibilities and don’t give up on your goals. A positive attitude will give you the push you need from within and make it harder for setbacks to get you down.
- Get right into to – “procrastination stop wear” (it’s a thing of the past). Be proactive and work towards your goals as soon as you’ve created them.
- Be flexible – as sure as the sun will rise, we know that in life, anything can happen or as we say in Jamaica “Any cyaad (card) can draw”. Unexpected things can happen, causing you to revise your goals and that’s fine, just keep going forward.
An additional tip to note is to always keep God in the mix. Seek Him throughout the year and ask for help and guidance because you can’t do it without Him.
Disclaimer: All 10 tips did not originate from me. I did my research, employed these things to my life and now decided to share with you as a goal setter.
Thanks for reading!