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Before we talk about how to make 2018 your best year ever, let’s talk about how you did in 2017. There were some great things you accomplished, AMAZING things. Start by making a list of all the great things you did. List what you did in 2017 that you are most proud of, and what you never want to do again. What are you going to keep working towards? Think about all of the successes, even the small ones, little things plus time add up to great big things! Think about the goals you reached, or the milestones you hit. Is there anything you wish you could have done better?
Now, I don’t know about you but I did some awesome stuff last year and have some pretty amazing goals for this year, I can not wait to achieve them. I know that I can do anything I set my mind to however, if I don’t set SMART goals, the actuality of me achieving the goals goes right down the drain.
What is a SMART goal you ask? SMART is an acronym that stands for
S – Specific – State exactly how much of what you want to happen and by when. This goal should have significant meaning to you, and should also be a stretch for you to reach.
M – Meaningful – Find your WHY. Why are you creating this goal? What is going to motivate you to reach it?
A – Achievable – Don’t aim too high that your goal cannot be achieved, nor too low that the goal takes no effort.
R – Realistic – Set goals that are relevant, something that you can shoot for and is not too far fetched. Your goal must produce results. if you cant explain how a goal is going to be reached it probably isnt realistic.
T – Timely – Set a specific timeline to achieve your goals. See below on how to keep track of timelines.
Write it down, write every single one of your goals down. Statistics show you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you simply write them down. You writing your goals down could be on a sticky note, could be written on your mirror, could be in picture form such as on a vision board. Do whatever it takes to write them down so you see them everyday or at least every week.
Break it down, now that you’ve made your SMART goals, and written them down, it’s time to break them down even further, these are known as action steps. You want to make 2-4 little goals that will help you reach your big goal. I follow my 90 day plan, (get a blank one here)and after 90 days has passed (or sometimes during), re-adapt and adjust, but most of all I keep going. It is a great way of tracking progress.
Don’t stop, take a break if you need to but just keep going. The time is going to pass anyway, so you might as well do something that is going to make you and others proud. Take a break if you need to but never give up, keep going. Remember your why!
Keep your timeline, I recently bought me a planner to keep my days organized. I am using the bullet journal method, which has actually been SUPER HELPFUL at making sure I get tasks done in a timely manner. BONUS, It helps me look back to see what all I accomplished.
Stay motivated, keeping track of your progress is a great way to stay motivated. Take pictures, keep a journal, you will be impressed with where you were at and where you are if you just write it down. Small changes aren’t very noticeable until they add up to great big things. And trust me, they will!
HAVE FUN! IF your goal becomes too much of a headache take break. Yes your goal should stretch you, and shouldn’t be easy, but you should be able to enjoy what you are doing to accomplish it.
I hope this helps you bunches! ♥♥ You got this! ♥♥