December can be a hectic month with many activities and things to do, but it’s absolutely one of my favorite times of the year! I love the time with family, the good food and finding thoughtful presents to give!! I also love the reflection and planning that takes place during this time of year. It’s the conclusion of the year – a time to reflect on what has happened and a time to start planning for the new year.
As you plan for 2019, let’s talk about goal-setting. It’s important to set goals for personal and professional growth. As you set these goals, make sure you take the time to develop an actionable plan on how you will attain your goals. “A goal without a plan is just a wish,” – there is so much truth to this quote! It’s as important to spend time on getting your goals written down on paper as it is developing a plan to make them happen. As we finish up these final days of 2018 and look to 2019 – it’s an exciting time for a fresh start. Think about your goals – where do you want to be at the end of 2019? When I think about my 2019 goals, both personally and professionally, it sets my heart on fire and scares me at the same time! As I have been doing some reflecting and planning, I thought it might be helpful to share some tips that have helped me develop more actionable goals:
- Make goal setting a priority and schedule time to make it happen. It’s more than just setting the goals, it’s developing a road map on how to get there. Invest the time into making a plan that helps you attain the goals you set.
- Take the time to write out your goals – and be detailed! Understand what steps it will take to get you where you are going and write them down. Then determine how you will track your goals (including a timeline) and what success will look like once you achieve your goal. I have developed a FREE PRINTABLE to help guide you. You can also see an example below.
- Set goals that excite you and scare you at the same time. In order for you to achieve growth, you have to get outside your comfort zone.
- Your goals are just for you. You don’t have to share them with anyone else if you don’t want to. So shoot for the stars!
- Make sure to have a daily reminder of your goals. Whether you develop a condensed version in your planner or have them posted in your office, a daily reminder helps you focus your daily activities around moving you towards the bigger picture.
- Make sure to allow for evaluation throughout the year. I plan to build in a quarterly check-in on my progress towards my goals.
Here is an example of one my personal, action plan goals for 2019:
- GOAL: Make healthier life choices.
- THE HOW:
- Eat at least 3 fruits and 3 vegetables per day
- Exercise at least 4X/week
- Drink at least 64 oz of water per day
- Meal plan on Sundays
- One self care day per month
- THE WHY: to be healthier and have more energy, to help resolve skin issues and to teach my kids about the importance of healthy choices.
- HOW WILL I TRACK: by recording in my planner at the end of each day. Evaluate progress quarterly.
- WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE: More energy, less stress by having a plan. Toned body and clear skin.
- THE HOW:
All of these are measurable, actionable and attainable activities that will help move me towards this goal.
As you think about your goals for 2019. I challenge you to dream big and set your sights high. I will leave you with some quotes to ponder as you fine-tune your goals for the upcoming year:
- “Great things never come from comfort zones”
- “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Fred DeVito
- “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
- “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins
- “You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to strive for.” – Ted Turner
Happy goal setting to you!