By: Amber Branch
Get in shape. Save more money. Start a business. Spend more time with family and friends…These are all great goals we set as New Year’s resolutions. The only problem is, the same goals seem to show up on our lists year, after year, after year. Think about it! In January, you are a rock star! You’re in the gym unleashing your inner Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Your bank account looks like Suze Orman and Dave Ramsey’s wildest dreams. That business is being planned in full force. You’ve even had your first family game night! February comes and you’ve still managed to keep it going. Then March hits you and it happens. You get side tracked with work and life and those beautiful goals you’ve written get put on the back burner like a pot of chicken grease. No, need to feel guilty, it happens to all of us! The important thing is to recognize it and take action now!
So, what’s the solution to make those goals a priority from January to December? Well, we’ve come together to give you our Top 9 Ways to Conquer Your Goals in 2018:
- Write it Down
Dr. Gail Matthews, a professor at Dominican University, researched the science of goal setting. What did she find? Matthews found that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis. Writing your goals down actually puts them into your conscious and subconscious mind. This means that even when you’re not thinking about your goals, you are still mentally aware of them. So, write those goals down and make them clear! Which leads to number 2.
- Be Specific
What’s your goal in 2018? Make more money? Okay, here’s a dollar. Congratulations, you’ve officially met your goals! Now you see why it’s important to be specific? When you set your goals, you should be asking yourself those 6 questions we all learned in elementary school:
In your planning, think about resources, tasks, and steps. HOW you get it done is just as important as WHEN you get it done.
- Set Deadlines
Setting deadlines is CRITICAL while setting goals. If you know me, you also know I’m the deadline queen. Deadlines are important because it helps you to do 2 things. The first thing deadlines help you to do is to be realistic. Sometimes we can be romantic in our goal setting, as you should. Your results are the “babies” of your planning and execution. However, making a million dollars in 2 weeks just isn’t happening. Deadlines put your goals into realistic context. The second thing goals help you do is to ACT. Sometimes we become stagnant because we never set a deadline on when to get things done. If there is no deadline, there is a huge chance, it isn’t happening. So, pull that calendar out!
- Plan Your Execution
This is the “How?” of our ‘Be Specific’ Tip. Make a list, check it twice.
What is it going to take for you to complete a task? Under every goal, you should have a list of “To-Do” items that you need in order to accomplish that goal. As you go along in that year, remember to not only check off your completed items, but also check for any changes that you need to make. You may need to add on or remove things as you go along.
- Put it Out There
Every time I set a goal, I tell someone. Why? Because if I don’t, I might as well tell my goals “Bye Felicia!” Having privacy is great, but secret goals have one HUGE issue: Lack of accountability. You need a circle of people around you to say, “How have your workouts been going?” or “What page of the book have you read today?” or “Do you really need those shoes?” Real friends don’t let friends fail. Find a group of people and tell them your goals, then give them permission to ask you about your progress. You will feel the positive fuel to keep things going.
- Treat Them Like Your Child
A great general rule is to treat your goals like a 3-year-old in a room full of toys. Put them where you can see them, or else anything can and will happen if you lose sight of them. Check on them frequently. You may need to do some clean up periodically. Have fun in the process! Conquering goals does not have to be serious. Enjoy the process.
- Get a Mentor
Once you know what you want, position yourself under someone who can teach you how to get there. A mentor also creates a second form of accountability. So, find someone who is where you want to be and ask them to help you reach your goals.
- Be Agile
Life happens. Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Many people don’t reach their goals because they get sidetracked with something unexpected. However, you should expect the unexpected and plan for it. Agility is the ability to be able to sense and respond to change quickly. Adjust your goals as the year progresses to make room for anything out of your control. Stay encouraged by the realistic though that “life” happens to all if us.
- Participate in National Goal Writing Day
If you haven’t heard of National Goal Writing day, simply search the hashtag #NationalGoalWritingDay and you will find hundreds of people with the same level of drive as you. National Goal Writing Day is a national holiday founded by The Culture Supplier’s very own Chief Director Marcus Gilmore. On December 27th, people from around the country post their goals for the New Year. Participating in this holiday give a you a tribe of like-minded people to attack your goals with. Gilmore also does a midyear check in to see how your successes are coming and to re-ignite your fire. I participated last year and made progress on all of my goals!
Well, these are the Top 9 ways to conquer your goals. You’ve read them, now it’s time to act. Meet us at #NationalGoalWritingDay and lets get moving!