Note: Before you read all this awesomeness, please note that this post received a makeover! This was the New Year’s post that I did for 2016, I just added a new title, some new graphics and a little more content for you. I hope you enjoy! Ok, back to the awesomeness…
The thought of the word resolution just makes me cringe. I feel like resolutions never seem to stick, so I’ve come up with a more promising idea to be more consistent. Let’s call them GOALS! Since the New Year is upon us, now is the time to take a look at our pending goals (not resolutions) for the year. Although goals are challenging, there are ways to make them a little easier for you to accomplish. Achieving goals takes so much time, effort, energy and sweat equity! Personally speaking, there has been countless amount of times where I jotted my goals down for the year and stopped midway into the year. How many of you experience the same struggle? Utilize some of these tips to help you get through this year and beyond! Here we go!
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1. Re-Evaluate Your Goals Every 3 Months
Truthfully speaking, I cannot tell you how many times we set out to achieve our goals and midway through the year, or even before, we get discouraged and distracted and just stop. On my social media timelines, I see popular hashtag trends like, #FitnessGoals, #RelationshipGoals, #CareerGoals, but are we actually taking the time to take the steps to pursue them? Goals should be designed for you, by you.
One of the sites that I frequent is ‘Businessese,’ which is a great informational site that helps bloggers with tips to stay on the up and up. Recently, they posed a question in their Facebook group about goal-setting for the new year. They asked for the readers input, I gave my tip and they featured my response in their final blog post of 2016! Yippee! Check out the post and share your thoughts in the comments below. My views on dividing your goals in 3-month chunks, really resonates with a lot of people. It really takes away the pressure, because you’re not going a full year without knowing the progression of your goals. Once you take a breath, take a seat, and realize how well (or how poor) you are doing, you can make an adjustment to keep pulling forward, or move that goal to the back seat until you are able to do the work necessary to get there.
For example, increasing the readership of Blog Xpressions is one of my goals. My blog’s exposure will not reach it’s highest potential if I don’t do the work. I will need to invest more time and resources to fulfill that goal.
Here’s a bonus tip – When it’s time to get an update on your goals, ask yourself the 5W’s: Who, What, When, Where, Why (and let’s throw “How” in there, too!) Here’s an example:
“How far have I come since I started?” If one of your goals is to lose weight, then create a start date, take “before” and “after” images and then when it’s time to re-evaluate, you can do a comparison to see where you stand. Did you lose? Gain? Do you need to make any adjustments to your weight loss plan?
2. Create a Vision Board
A vision board is exactly what it sounds like – your vision on a board. Vision boards have been used for many years as a source to visibly track your goals – an oldie, but goodie. Some things never get old and can be just as effective. Here are some quick steps on how to create your own vision board:
- Get a poster-type board or a display board (can be purchased at any office supply stores or Dollar Tree)
- Gather/print and cutout materials pertaining to your goals from magazines, newspapers, etc. and apply them to the board with tape or glue. Think of it like a science project (I hated doing these in school)
- Make it a “Vision Board” party and invite friends over to make it a fun experience (blog post on this coming soon!)
Be as simple or as creative as you like – it’s your board! Post the board somewhere in a space where you can always see it to serve as a reminder to keep up with your goals.
Actress and humanitarian, LisaRaye McCoy, hosts vision board workshops in various cities, which is an indicator of how successful you can be with something simple as a vision board. I would love to attend one of her workshops (Pssstt….per her Instagram, she has yummy food and desserts at her workshop, and ya’ll know I LOVE me some food!) Plus, all vision board materials are provided at the workshop. All you do is show up and get ready to listen and work!
3. Don’t Over-Commit Yourself
I get it – there are so many things you want to do, places you want to see that it becomes overwhelming to accomplish them all in one year. Write out goals that are feasible. Yes, goals are challenging, but don’t make it extra challenging by committing to doing something that you know may not happen. For example, one of my goals is to do some extensive traveling, but it is not a goal for this upcoming year. I have too much on my plate already with a full-time job, being a mother, a wife and maintaining a household. When my son gets a little older, will I be able to travel more? Possibly. And, you need money to travel, and right now, I have other priorities ahead of traveling. Once I get to a point where I can create a traveling budget, then I can commit to being a jet setter! BON VOYAGE!
4. Record Your Goals in a Planner/Journal/Calendar
I admit – I am addicted to pretty paper and a good writing instrument. My addiction has lead me to write and write and write…hence one of the reasons this blog was born. I strongly recommend you get yourself a journal or a planner. No, it does not have to be all fancy, just something simple and well laid out so you can document your goals, your important dates and reminders that align with your goals. For example, if you accomplished losing 10lbs. as part of your weight loss goal, write it in your journal! Sometimes our minds are on vacation and we tend to forget what we accomplished and how much. If you write it down, you can always reference back to it.
One of the places I absolutely LOVE is Paper Source! They have beautiful stationery and beyond! Their wide selection of calendars and journals are so cute and chic; so many needed materials for a #girlboss like myself. You can even buy all your vision board materials here! Check them out!
5. What is Your “Word of the Year?”
Your “Word of the Year” is to be considered as your “motivating” word. It’s the word that keeps you on your toes to help you stay on track of accomplishing your goals. I know of a lot of people who use this method. This will be my second time using it for the new year, so you can join me! One of my favorite blogging experts did a Periscope on this roughly a year ago and shared these tips to help you keep your word:
- Have your word written out somewhere. Post it on a bulletin board (e.g. your vision board) or print it out and frame it, perhaps? Remember, your word should be a charge word that motivates YOU to keep on truckin.’
- Plan out your business and/or personal goals with that word in mind.
- As mentioned in tip #4, get a calendar/planner and write your word in the corner of each month to serve as reminder when you are planning out things for your goals.
- As mentioned in tip #1, revisit your goals and your word every quarter (3 months). Determine where you stand and what you need to do to keep it movin’!
I know you’re wondering what’s my word of the year, right? It’s FORMATION! Yes, I was motivated by Queen Bey! For me, formation means, gettin’ my crap together! Set your goals, ignore the distractions and conquer!
I see it, I want it, I stunt, yellow-bone it
I dream it, I work hard, I grind ’til I own it
I twirl on them haters…
Let’s strike a conversation! What’s your word for 2017? Need help coming up with one? Comment below this post.
6. Enlist the Help of Family & Friends
As mentioned in tip#1, revisit your goals every quarter. Why not make it a team effort and invite family or friends? Share goals and hold each other accountable. Efforts like this will motivate you to keep pushing. For example, when I set goals, my mother is the one who I share them with first…and you better believe she will hold me to them. When the idea of becoming a blogger came to my mind, my mother would ask me about it every single day. She wanted to make sure I was held accountable for the goal that I set out to achieve. Here’s another example – my co-worker and I share goals with each other and every now and then, we’ll check in to see how the progress is moving along.
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As mentioned in the beginning of this article, plan out your personal and/or business goals for YOU, not goals that you see others doing. You got this!
Here’s how I’m rolling into 2017, what about you?
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