Looking at the calendar and I wonder where the heck did this year go? I wonder was I too busy having fun to notice the time go by? Alas, here I am in the first week of December and reflecting on all the things I accomplished this year.
I started this blog, traveled to Bali for a group trip focused on self-care, made some new friends, attended several conferences, slashed some debt, and made a commitment to taking better care of my body. As I reflected on this, I remembered that all of these things started with a goal and my vision board. I don't do New Year's Resolutions. Why? Because studies show most people give up on those resolutions within the first month! Instead, I like to plan my goals by using a method called goal setting.
Goal setting involves writing down the goal, understanding the reason why you want to reach this goal, and detailing the steps you'll need to take to attain the goal. This method incorporates reflection, intention, commitment, and manifestation to help you be successful. I noticed a difference when I changed my intention regarding reaching my goals. There was a shift in my thinking and no goal became too big, though I remained realistic about my efforts. I believe by making small, attainable shifts in your thinking and behavior, you can reach any goal. So if you want to lose 20 pounds then your goal setting plan should go something like this.
Goal: Lose 20 pounds
Reason: I want to have more energy and fit my favorite pair of jeans again.
Plan: Three 30 min workouts per week, eat vegetables with every meal, remove sugar from my morning coffee. Hold yourself accountable. Tell others about the goal for support.
See how this is different than just listing a bunch of goals? By having a plan, you are more likely to follow through.
Reminder: "A goal without a plan is just a dream"
I also like to use my planner for setting daily, weekly, and monthly goals. I realized I can't keep as much information in my head and expect to remember it without writing it down anymore. I have a planner and use the notes app on my iPhone to keep me on track with events, appointments, and my work schedule. One of my goals for 2018 is to have better time management which means I need to set aside time just for blog work instead of working on content sporadically during the week. A planner-whether virtually or hand held (my preference) -will come in handy. I picked up my planner from TJ Maxx and I was gifted a few from recent events I attended. You can find one in store or online like the Get Loved Up planner, Limitless Living Journal, or the Full Focus Planner
Another way to plan goals is to use a vision board. This has become all the rave in recent years. Essentially, you place words and pictures on a board (or a wall or area of your house that you'll see every day). These words and pictures represent areas of your life you are working on and goals you want to attain. I have heard some powerful stories from people who have created a vision board and seen the board manifest into reality over time. You can go to the craft store for materials or attend a vision board party (or hold one of your own). I remember hearing an episode of the podcast, Support is Sexy, in which Lucinda Cross spoke about her Activate Your Vision Board Kit. This kit is filled with everything you need to complete a vision board and includes other items such as a gratitude jar, journal, and affirmation cards. You can find it on Amazon for $49.99. (this is not an ad, I was thinking of ordering and wanted to share. This does include an affiliate link so if you order from my link, know that I get a percentage of what you purchase. Thanks!)
However your choose to set your goals for the upcoming year, just set some. And give yourself some grace because there is no failure, only learning experiences. I'm here to let 2018 know I'm coming for it!
Comment and let me know if you've started to plan your goals for 2018. What methods do you use?