As we get ready for 2018, goal setting is one of the most important things you can choose to do. It takes a few hours, yet most people will begin the new year without goals and a clear plan.
Stephen Covey states “One must start with the end in mind.” Goal setting is the perfect way to begin to envision your desired outcome or target. Committing to your goals will ensure you have a year filled with growth, insights, and learning. Most importantly it sets you up to live life by your design rather than by default.
Over the past 15 years my commitment has been to create each new year with clarity of vision. For me that means my goals and plan must be completed by December 31st. Below are my Top 5 Habits to Keep Your Goals Alive in 2018.
Sit in gratitude and take some time to celebrate your success.
Progress is only possible when you are clear on where you are starting. So before launching into writing your goals for 2018, take a moment and review 2017.
What success did you have this year? Celebrate your success and take a moment to appreciate what you had to learn and overcome to achieve each success.
What are you grateful for? Often when we sit in gratitude we recognize and appreciate the smaller successes. These are the small stepping stones or events that contributed to the larger success. How have you grown and what event or learning created that opportunity for growth?
Finally take a moment and review any challenges you might have faced. What growth will be required to move you forward in 2018?
Now that you are clear on where you are ending the year, you are ready to plan 2018.
Cast A Vision For The Year.
It’s time to begin with the end in mind. Find your favorite quiet spot, close your eyes and allow your mind to wonder.
Imagine it’s December 2018. Take a moment to visualize what you have accomplished and how it has impacted your life. These questions may assist you with your vision.
- What have I accomplished?
- What exciting things have I done?
- Where have I traveled to?
- How have I contributed to family, friends, and community?
- Who have I become?
- What have I learned?
- What relationships have I invested in?
- What have I done for fun?
- What am I known for?
- What am I most proud of?
As you visualize the response to each these question, pay special attention to how you feel, your energy, and the colors, smells and sounds you see and hear. Let your mind create with no limits. Enjoy!
Create Goals That Move You To Where You Want To Be.
Now that you have casted a vision worthy of your life, it’s time to write your goals. I recommend writing one hundred goals. One hundred goals may seem daunting, however once you begin writing you will enjoy the task. I like to write ten goals in ten distinct areas of my life. Most often the ten goals I write in each section make up the stepping stones for a major goal for each section. Below are the areas I most often select for my goal setting.
- Health and wellness
- Business or Employment
- Travel and recreation
- Education and training
Make Your Goals Specific and Measurable.
Once have written your goals, review them to ensure they are specific and measurable. Each goal must have a date you would like it completed, and a measurement that clearly defines what a completed goal would look like. If your goal is to work out, a specific and measureable goal would read, “I work out 5 mornings per week at 7:30 am for 30 minutes.”
Develop An Action Plan For The Main Goal In Each Area.
Remember if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Now that your goals are clearly defined, review your ten goals in each section and begin to develop an action plan. It is said that a goal without a plan is only a dream. I like to create four 90-day action plans each year. I then break my 90-day action plan into 30-day and weekly plans. My weekly plan is then brought to life by a clear daily action plan.
As you step into a new year, remember the wisdom of Napoleon Hill.
“Your mind would not fathom something unless it was possible.”
Blessing and all the best in 2018!
Suzan Hart is an inspirational speaker, master trainer and author. Knowing that Health plus wealth creates freedom, Suzan’s mindset mastery teaches hardworking, result driven, busy professionals and entrepreneurs, who secretly feel isolated, overworked and underpaid, to honour their commitment to get fit, feel fabulous, and ultimately live a rich and fulfilled life. Suzan’s desire is for you to be unapologetically recognized for your value, financially rewarded for your brilliance, and celebrated for the fullest expression of yourself. Suzan Hart went from physically exhausted and financially upside down to become a Black Woman Millionaire. She is the creator of the Fit, Fab and Fulfilled program. To book Suzan to speak visit www.suzanhart.com.