I know...where do you even begin? 2019 has already shown that it's going to be a year of big movements and change. So why not change for the better? True goal-setting goes deeper than simply listing the things you want to “do” in the New Year. When it comes to your big, bold goals, it’s more about who you want to “be”. So it can be so overwhelming deciding what goals to focus on, so here's some advice on how to create your goals for the coming 12 months and how you can stick to them.
How to choose your goals
1. Simply ask yourself 'Why is this goal important to me?' - simple!
2. Create goals you're excited and inspired by. There is literally no point working towards goals that you're just 'meh' about. Tony Robbins says 'People are not lazy, they simply have impotent goals. That is goals that do not inspire them' and he's right! Ask yourself what excites you and what inspires you enough to make big changes.
3. DON'T be realistic - I totally believe in dreaming big. In fact it's my favourite thing to do. When I hear people say 'oh be realistic' I feel like it's such a negative statement. Who wants to be realistic? Nobody! BUT what I DO think you should do, especially if you're a big dreamer, is organise your goals by how big they are. If you have some milestones you want to hit within your business? Awesome! Keep all of those in one place. Then have a separate sheet of paper (maybe from one of our packs) for your OUTRAGEOUSLY awesome dreams and goals - because the BIG dreams, are of course, harder to achieve and you don't want to feel you're not making progress.
I truly believe magic comes from thinking big, dreaming big, day dreaming, envisaging yourself in unreal scenarios. Sipping Rosé on a yacht you now magically own? Fabulous! There's nothing wrong with allowing your mind to wander because that's where your creativity lives and creativity will be your path to greatness.
4. Make Achievable Goals - So now you've got your OUTRAGEOUSLY awesome goals set, you should also create your achievable goals. Sometimes it's the thing that we're not as challenged by that we leave until the last minute to complete. The irony is leaving these niggling tasks for long periods of time can make them feel like they're hanging over you. They then become these HUGE burdens and can feel IMPOSSIBLE to face when in reality they're super easy to tackle.
5. Focus on growth - The goals we work the hardest for are the most rewarding. Studying for an exam, passing a driving test, working towards a promotion, starting your own business...whatever it is - those goals that you have to grow and learn to achieve, are the best of all! The irony is that it then promotes more growth as you then evolve as a person to make room in your life for what you've achieved. Growth and moving forward are the components to feeling truly fulfilled.
How to smash your goals
1. Create a plan to accomplish your goal by breaking down the simple actions that will need to be carried out and create a To-Do List / Action Plan - What are your realistic next steps?
2. Brainstorm - create and think of different things that will help you along the way. Maybe you know someone who can help? Maybe getting up earlier will help? Maybe setting phone reminders helps? There will be little things you can come up with just by knowing yourself enough. For example I know that my Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays get hectic - So it makes sense to make Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays my power days where I smash through workloads or hit the gym. Just knowing yourself enough will help you formulate a plan.
3. Get to the detail - It's all well and good saying 'I'll cycle more'...but how much more? Once a week? Twice a week? For how long? How far? The detail is the thing that stops you cheating on yourself and keeping you honest. It's so easy to fall off the wagon and in order to make real definitive changes you must set yourself definitive, clear and concise goals.
4. Work towards something - If you've written down that you're going to 'Get fit for 2019' then set yourself a timeline and put something in place that creates enough pressure to stick to it. Get that holiday booked and work towards it. Having an end point makes it feel like it's not just the vastness of 'Forever'. There's an end point that's in sight.
5. Celebrate and reward yourself - I know so many freelancers who skip this and I've been guilty of it too. I've worked for myself for a long time and you forget to celebrate the small wins. BUT YOU MUST CELEBRATE SUCCESS IN EVERY FORM. It's what puts fuel back in the tank. It's what reminds you to continue. It's what makes you feel like it's worth it. More importantly it replenishes your soul and gives you the confidence in what you're doing. So set yourself little rewards along the way - giant ones too! And reward yourself accordingly.
I hope these tips have helped you figure out what you want from 2019 and how you can take the steps to get there. Our 2019 Yearly goal planner might help too - check it out here if you haven't already https://www.beiconic.london/product-page-1/get-organised-af-2019-edition