ARE YOU READY TO SMASH YOUR 2017 GOALS?
December 30th. Today marks the last Friday of 2016, and as I type this I’m surrounded by several sheets of paper, full of notes in preparation for the New Year.
I don’t know about you but the last 2-3 days of the year are extremely important for me, they are a time for me to reflect, be grateful for the year I’ve had, and most important of all, get my ish together, so I’m ready to step into the New Year with a bang!
One of the many ways I prepare for the New Year, is to take time out, sit myself down, and have a serious think about what I want to see happen in my life over the next 360+ days. I allow myself to daydream about ‘my perfect life/things I want to achieve'[15 – 30 minutes], and then I snap back to reality and begin to think about what it is I need to DO in order to achieve them [30 minutes – 1 hour]. Once this has been done, I put pen to paper and start with the real work… Setting my goals! [1 – 3 hours].
Here are the three most important steps of my goal setting process:
1. Create a vision board/sheet
For the first part of my goal setting process I create a vision board. In my case this is a page in my bullet journal, decorated with fancy swirls and tonnes of bullet points, stating the things I want to achieve, and the character I must have in order to achieve them. For others a much easier and inspiring way to create a vision board, is to do so with photos [example of how to do this here]. Creating this vision board before I write my goals is very important, because it helps me to pour my heart out about the things I consider important ,and become inspired in the process. There’s something extra powerful about being able to see your success written down, before you actually achieve it.
2. Decide on your most important goals and create an action plan
I’m a huge believer that less is more, so when it comes to my goals I stick to setting just three to five goals for the year (long-term goals). These goals are my juiciest and most important goals, and having just a few of them means I can really dedicate myself to them with no other distractions. To help me decide on which of the goals from my vision board are the most important, I reach for my long term goals worksheet [free download below], and jump straight to the second section of the sheet ‘why is achieving this goal important for me?’.
With my vision board and goals worskheet side by side, I begin the process of asking myself how important achieiving the goals I wrote on my vision board really are, and how bad I want to achieve them, based on my knowledge of how much work and effort, would be required of me in order to do so. This simple task of asking these two questions helps me to identify my most important goals, and push aside the not so important ones.
Only once I’ve done this, do I then write my goals down.
Want to get your hands on the worksheets that helped me create an epic action plan to smash my 2016 goals?
[CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD]
3. Make a daily habit plan
Last but not least, if you follow me on snapchat [‘finallyfiona’] you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Charles Duhigg’s top-selling book, ‘The Power of Habit, Why we do what we do and how to change‘. This books hits the nail on the head when it comes to understanding how to create new habits and get rid of old ones. Let me be more specific here, this book gives a long-term procrastinator the formula needed to reverse their ways and become a full-time doer! It’s that good!
One of the major lessons from this book and one that I live by is, ‘Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going‘ – Jim Ryun.
If you want to succeed and smash your goals, your life has to reflect this on a daily basis. You have to set up systems that will allow you to make the progress needed to fulfil your dreams.
I use this daily habit tracker as a part of my goal setting process [free printable below], and I can tell you it’s a serious game changer! It helps me to take my goals a step further by deciding on which habits I need to adopt daily, in order to make any progress. It’s the perfect daily reminder of the effort required in order to see myself grow. [click on image to download]
How to use the habit tracker: Simply write down all of the habits you want to do on a daily basis [in the column to the far left], and then tick off/shade each mini box when you do that habit. Print a new sheet for each new month!
I hope that these three steps and printables will be a huge blessing in your life, and I look forward to continuing this awesome journey to success and happiness with you in the 2017.
Happy New Years Loves