How to Make Goals You'll Actually Stick To
Goals. Plans. Dreams. Resolutions. Whatever you want to call them, we’ve all had ‘em. We’ve all started the year out with enthusiasm and hope, only to be left disappointed every December. (that good old dream of fitting in that one pair of jeans that haven’t fit since high school, am I right, ladies?)
In the beginning of 2018, I was in the midst of the most confusing and difficult time in my entire life. I was faced with challenges I could’ve never dreamed of, I had no idea who I was, what I wanted, or what my future held. My goals and resolutions for 2018 were quite different from previous years, and I’m proud to say I’ve held true to some of them.
For 2019, I want to continue my trend of “Think, Feel, Do”, but first I’m going to lead with a quote by a woman who inspires me, Ms. Barbara Corcoran, that I believe sums up all of my goals for the upcoming year:
Insecurity is a wonderful motivator.
Be more mindful
Channel insecurity into motivation
Grow and enhance my relationships
Graduate with MSN
Improve budgeting (and actually stick to it!)
Increase professional assertiveness
Exercise minimum of 3x/week
Finish 1st draft
Continue to grow freelance business
Do more of what makes me happy (dog time, baking, reading, family, friends)
Read more books (duh)
So how do I get there?
Notice how this year I didn’t say “lose weight” (!). What I did say was: exercise at least 3x/week. What that will do is 1) get me healthy, 2) get me fit, 3) get me strong, 4) get me toned, you see where I’m going with this.
Having goals isn’t about micromanaging the heck out of every day in order to achieve them. It’s about breaking them down into smaller, bite-sized, achievable things that in the end get you where you want to go. Instead of saying “save money”, I want to improve my budget and stick to it. If I do that, I save money.
I’m not perfect - some of my goals are broad and vague, but that’s okay. The goal is to accept imperfection, right?
I’m imperfect and I own it.
This past year, I’ve learned more about myself than I could have imagined. I’ve also learned that my life is a form of organized chaos, and if I embrace it - things go a heck of a lot better than if I try and fight it. I keep my chaos organized with the Erin Condren Life Planner, which I have been using for years and absolutely could not live without. (I am not affiliated with EC at all, I just simply love love love this planner and it’s worth every penny.)
So my challenge to you - is to think about how you can own it. Think about what you want to achieve and what steps you need to take to get there.
Stick To Your Goals:
Break bigger goals into small, bite-sized steps
Write them down
Review your goals frequently throughout the year
Make your goals visible in your home, office, wherever you spend your time
Own your mistakes and “failures”
What are your go-to tips for creating attainable goals? What goals did you accomplish in 2018? Comment and share!
I wish all my readers safe and happy holidays!