#1 Get Inspired!
What do you want your life to look like? What are your biggest dreams? What actions can you take this year to move in the direction of those dreams and achievements? The best goals are a bit scary, challenging, and still motivating. Get excited about what you are going to achieve this year.
Chat through some ideas with your partner, mom, dad, siblings, colleagues, and friends. Whoever is on your ‘board of directors’. The people who help shape and direct your life. People who are interested in seeing your success and happiness.
#3 Goal Setting
Traditional goal setting would tell you to set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timebound. These are good guidelines, however, my recommendation is a mix of straight forward SMART goals and a mix of dream goals. Setting these both helps stay focused on the long-term dreams and the immediate activities it takes to achieve them. Go get ‘em!
#4 WRITE IT DOWN
This is one of the most important steps. Write your goals down. A favorite journal, a 3 X 5 card you look at everyday, write it on an Iphone Note, and keep it as your background; any of these approaches would be excellent. Studies say people are 40% more likely to achieve their goals if they are written down.
Talk about your goals. Post them on social media if you want. Tell your partner, friends, family, colleagues, and your ‘board of directors’. Don’t be shy. These folks love you. They will help you succeed. They want to see you achieve your goals!
#6 Revisit and Reflect
Take a look periodically at your goals. Post-it reminders of big goals at your desk or bathroom- help keep your goals front of mind. Reflect on how you are tracking against them. Discuss your progress with your peeps. Adjust as necessary these are YOUR goals. You can do what you want with them, change them, expand them, abandon them, and create new ones.
#7 Enjoy Your Success
Speaking from experience this works. You will move in the direction of your dreams. Your life will take the desired shape. You will be surprised at how far you have come in a year.