Setting goals is a science! If you haven’t studied how to set goals, then chances are … YOU WILL FAIL! I’ve done it time and time again, until that is, someone told be how to stop sucking! Don’t worry, I’m going to share this advice with you so that you too, can also stop sucking at your New Year’s Resolutions, and make 2018 your best year ever!
Before we dive in, it’s important to reflect and find appreciation in 2017. Why was 2017 a good year? What could have been better? How can you fix what you didn’t like? By reflecting, you will find accountability in your wins and losses for the years past. By finding what you appreciate, you will jump start your positivity in 2018. Goals are not only achieved by hard work, but they are also boosted by momentum. Create a positive reflection for 2017, and you’ll be surprised how that positivity will not only carry over into 2018, but also help you create momentum, to keep going when you are ready to quit.
My personal 2017 reflection and appreciation is as follows:
2017 was the hardest year of my life. As you might have read in my ABOUT ME, I am the biggest Daddy’s girl you will ever meet, and unfortunately in 2017, my dad, my hero, passed away. It was unexpected, and to be honest, I never thought I would survive. Although it has been hard (and that’s an understatement) I not only managed to push through, but in an effort to continue to make him proud, it became one of my most successful years. I buried myself in work to drowned out the pain, and looking back, I am proud of where this year has taken me.
Check it out:
- 81.9% growth in my brick & mortar business and reaching 6 figures
- Joining a mastermind group
- Reading one book/month
- Spending less time working IN my business, and spending more time working ON my business
- Creating systems & automatization
- Hiring an office manager
- Focusing on client retention
- Becoming a better leader for my team
- Listening to one podcast/webinar per week
What are your top wins for 2017?
Things that I need to hold myself accountable for, and could have done better in 2017:
- Waking up earlier
- Spending more time with family
- Drinking more water
- Procrastinating (although my best work comes from procrastinating)
- Letting go of perfection – done is better than perfect!
What could you have done better in 2017?
Next, pick your top 10 goals for 2018.
Here’s mine 🙂
- Increasing my clientele by 150, or increasing my monthly income by $10,000 (whichever comes first)
- Buying a home
- Taking my dogs on a daily walk
- Taking another day off during the week
- Finding my spirituality (whatever that is)
- Starting a charitable foundation
- Starting a blog (check!)
- Getting 7-8 hours of sleep/night
- Taking an annual vacation
- Doing one thing/day to educate myself or grow my business (reading, webinar, seminar, podcast, etc.)
What are your top 10 goals? Don’t be afraid and don’t play it safe!
Out of these top 10 goals, pick a top three! ONLY THREE! These 3 goals are called your BANNER GOALS.
Using your top 3 goals as inspiration, list 3 answers to each of these questions:
- What new habits, disciplines or behaviors do you need to start to reach your banner goals?
- What existing habits, disciplines or behaviors do you currently have and need to expand to more quickly reach your banner goals?
- What poor habits or behaviors do you currently have and need to stop to reach your banner goals?
Lastly, create yourself a weekly register. This is a tool I got from a mentor of mine, Darren Hardy.
What 10-12 things can you do on a daily, or weekly basis, to help you reach your goals?
For example, if your goal is to grow your business; your daily or weekly register might say something like: Post (advertise) on Social Media at least 3x/week or Make 3 sales calls/day. Whatever your goals are, break them down into daily/weekly habits and stay consistent. Hold yourself accountable.
Consistency is the key to success. It is your daily/weekly small steps done consistently, that add up and compound to reaching your large goals. Most people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions by March 1st. By creating a weekly register and building consistency, your New Year’s Resolutions are no longer resolutions, they are HABITS! They are habits that stick!
Create a chart, and check off your daily/weekly steps to reaching your 2018 goals as you achieve them.
Lastly, hold yourself accountable on your chart! Are you checking things off? Are you failing behind? Were you able to achieve what’s on your chart too easily? Check in on your progress every month and make adjustments as needed. Checking in, and making adjustments on a monthly basis is much easier than realizing that you have reached the end of 2018, and weren’t on track!
Let me know if you have any questions; and I hope this system works as well for you, as it did/does for me!
Here’s to a kick-ass 2018;