It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday spirit and the many celebrations that come with it. Amidst the parties and shopping, we want to remind you of the importance of setting your goals for the New Year now!
Goal setting is one of the most important aspects of entrepreneurship. Goals can be created any day, at any time of the year. The following information can be applied to any area of your life and can be reworked to fit any period of time. However, today we are going to talk about the process of setting New Year’s resolutions and goals.
Grab a journal and a pen, and you may even choose to grab a spouse, colleague, or friend to play along. Enrolling another person in your goal-setting process can help create accountability and he or she may also encourage you to stretch yourself to achieve goals that maybe you do not believe you can
Take some time to set goals. These are not the types of goals that you write down on your Post-It note at the beginning of the work day, and then cross them off before you leave the office. These goals should be well thought out and have depth, consist of a combination of short-term and long-term goals, and should not be limited to just career goals, but should also include life, relationship, family, and health goals.
The personal and professional growth that takes place in just one year is astounding. Before you can write out your goals for the upcoming year, you must reflect on the past 365 days. Look back on the last twelve months and take a moment to acknowledge your achievements and be proud! Then, remind yourself what you learned from the challenges or setbacks. How did you feel during these times? Who was impacted? What did you learn? Taking this time to reflect allows you to revisit the experiences and feel the feelings you felt during those times. Write all of this in your journal and be thorough!
After a great deal of reflection, it is time to start creating your goals for the upcoming year. This is a very fun process, because you can literally choose to create whatever you want.
First, list all the areas of your life where you want to set goals (hint: this should be every area) — family, business, health, fitness, relationships, finances, etc. Then start to breakdown the specific goals, big and small, within each of these. What are the steps you need to get there? What are the lead and lag indicators associated with each goal? Who do you need to network with, or hire, to achieve it? Remember, you want to add as much detail as possible in this creative process, as it allows you to truly visualize achieving each specific goal. You may even choose to create a 2019 vision board — something that you can actually look at every single day.
After you have listed all your goals for each area of your life, share them with someone. Don’t be shy in sharing what you wrote down. In sharing your goals with other people you are able to enlist support and create accountability.
In my experience in setting my business and personal goals, I have found that one of the greatest reasons I lose momentum or even fail to hit the mark is that I do not keep my goals “front of mind”. Literally, I do not keep them in front of me and therefore become unaware of what objective I am seeking to achieve. How do you counteract this and create greater awareness of your goals? One thing I’ve done is made a bookmark out of my objectives! I write out a summary of my goals on a sheet of paper (or smaller) and I use this piece of paper as my bookmark. I read most nights, and so every time I open up my book to where I had ended the previous night, I am forced to glance at my goals. Just the simple act of taking 10 seconds to read a goal or two creates the awareness I need to not lose focus on where I am heading.