We often neglect to set new goals because of past failures to accomplish much from years past. We become discouraged because of setbacks and delays and quite frankly, we oftentimes lose sight of our purpose and the end goal. However, with the new year fast approaching, I trust that you are all putting pen to paper in preparation for an extraordinary 2020 and an even more extraordinary decade. What do you hope to achieve? What are your plans? I’m a big believer of setting goals, vision boarding, keeping a planner, dreaming and believing and everything in between.
Life coaches will be hosting vision board parties. If that’s what you’re into, go for it…go with caution but definitely go for it! It may benefit you to meet up with your like minded peers to share ideas, be inspired, brainstorm and plan for the future. On the contrary, feel free to find some quiet time to make plans on your own. Regardless of what the naysayers believe, there is power in planning and setting personal or business goals.
In the wise words of George Washington Carver, “Where there is no vision, there is no hope”. To accomplish anything in this life, you must first have a mission, a vision, a dream, a plan, a goal or something to look toward. It matters not what you call it but you need to have it.
Here are some tips for setting and achieving your goals in 2020.
1. Write down your goals for 2020 in a planner.
One of the most effective steps in planning is writing down your goals. Write them down so that you have a physical point of reference. Mental notes are awesome but our memories fail and it’s much easier to lose focus when you’re not able to see the plan with your eyes. You may also need to make slight adjustments to your plans as it relates to timeline or otherwise. I can’t speak on how effective a mental adjustment to a mental note is. That sounds like a recipe for forgetfulness and frustration to me. What do you think? Get yourself a planner and get into the habit of writing in it everyday. This is a sure way to keep track of what you plan to do and what you have accomplished thus far. I was gifted the Erin Condren 12 – Month 2020 Deluxe Monthly Planner 7×9 (you can buy it here https://amzn.to/361Hlun ) for Christmas and I’m already in love with it. The planner features positive quotes to kick start each month. It’s colorful, customizable and suitable for planning special projects and setting monthly goals.
2. Divide larger goals into smaller goals.
It proves useful to break down larger goals into smaller goals. So, basically, you’ll have a main goal or an end goal but along the way, there are smaller, actionable steps necessary to achieve the main goal. Make those smaller steps your mini goals. Check them off the list as you make your way toward the main goal. This way, you won’t become too overwhelmed trying to achieve a particular thing that may seem unattainable. For example, in 2020, I want to improve my writing skills and grow my blog. To achieve this, there are several steps I’ll need to take. Each step will be considered a milestone or a mini goal for me. At the end of the year, I expect to reach the target I have set for myself.
3. Stay motivated.
Setbacks are inevitable. Failure is inevitable. Disappointments will come. You will be frustrated with the process. This is not a reason to give up or lose focus. Push through! When you make the mistakes or fail at something along the way of achieving your goals, learn from it. Figure out why you didn’t get it right the first, second or third time. Pinpoint the areas of weakness or the reason for the failure. Breathe, calm down, go back to the beginning and start again. As per usual, I’m talking to myself here. I’ve struggled with this step. I have to constantly remind myself that I’m not perfect and mistakes will happen. I don’t know everything and I don’t want to know everything. Once I understand why something didn’t work a particular way or a couple of different ways, I am able to break out of the box and try other methods. The moment you finally figure it out and get over the hurdle, you’ll be glad you didn’t give up.
4. Reward yourself.
Now, for the fun part! Reward yourself for all your achievements. You’ve stayed the course and you’ve made it to the end. You deserve a treat for a job well done. It’s ok to reward yourself after smashing a mini goal. However, be sure to reward yourself in proportion to the job you’ve done. Reserve the big celebration for when you’ve accomplished the main goal.
I trust that you’ll be encouraged to set goals for 2020 and work diligently to accomplish them. You’ll be happy you did!
Until next time!