I am a goal setter. Are you?
I’m currently mapping out 2019. My list is long and spans many facets of life (business, marital, social, physical, spiritual, financial, family, hobbies…), but the one thing you won’t find on my list?
Resolutions are for quitters. One slip-up and you feel like all is lost. You’re a failure. You didn’t try hard enough. Game over.
That kind of self-talk flat out stinks. It’s not motivating. Goals, on the other hand, help you frame everything with a growth mindset. “Today (fill in the blank) happened. What can I learn from that to take the next step toward the goal I set for myself to achieve in 2019?”
I literally just finished four miles on our treadmill, then picked up my phone and started typing this post. Probably not a huge surprise for those that know me, but two of my goals this year are:
1, Set a new PR for a half marathon. (Benchmark: Surf City 2017 1:50:14//8:25 pace)
2. Write daily. It could be in my journal, working on book four (another children’s book), or the next blog post – it all counts to me – I just want to make writing a part of my daily rhythm.
If you want to use the same goal tracker I’ve been using for years – here is the monthly and quarterly template view:
No matter which way you chose to attack 2019 – be courageous. Set big goals and set out an action plan for each.
Yes. You have to write it down.
More specifically you have to write down the S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) action steps that will point you in the direction of your goal, and let you know if you actually got there!
Once you’ve decided on a goal and written down your S.MA.R.T. steps, share it with someone. A boss, a spouse, a friend, Instagram. Me. It doesn’t matter who, but it does matter that YOU DO.
This year I started by writing down every goal I could possibly hope to achieve in each category. Then I spent the next week just letting them swirl around my head to see if…
…anything else came to mind…
…then really consider which one was most critical in each category.
Not which was the easiest to achieve, but what would truly take that area of life to the next level.
Next week I’ll be putting them in to my template so that I can track them weekly (honestly, sometimes weekly becomes monthly, but do what you need to do to keep yourself accountable).
Don’t be afraid to let this goal-setting process take a week or two. Remember, you are planning out the next year. That’s pretty major.
You’re pretty major.
GO GET THIS YEAR!
I’d love to hear which goal you are most excited to work on in 2019. Drop it in the comments below.