Are You Ready for 2019?
To have an awesome 2019, you have to plan for it. We are all familiar with #relationshipgoals #Careergoals #moneygoals and other similar hastags. Well, these goals, do not just happen. Goals have to be set and practical realistic steps have to be planned and taken for these set goals to be achieved. As they say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
So, what is Goal setting?
It is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality. The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You’ll also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you astray.
By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals, and you’ll see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. You will also raise your self-confidence, as you recognize your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you’ve set.
Before we begin, I need you to grab a notebook and pen and get ready to write. Afterall, the Bible says write the vision down and make it plain.
How to Set Goals.
The first step in setting personal goals is to consider what you want to achieve. What is your vision for 2019? (You can also do the same for the next 5 years, 10 years and/or your life in general). Envisioning your goals gives you the overall perspective that shapes all other aspects of your decision making. You can set
Career goals (what level do you want to reach in your career),
Financial goals (how much much more money to do you want to earn/save?),
Academic goals (what information and skills will you need to have in order to achieve your goals?),
Attitude goals (is your mindset or attitude holding you back? If so, set a goal to improve) or in any other categories that are important to you.
Spend some time brainstorming. Shut off all distractions. Think. Picture your future. What do you want it to look like? Now, write down one or more goals in each category that best reflect what you want to do. Write down a small number of really significant goals that you can focus on.
Step 2: Setting Smaller Goals
Once you have set your 2019 goals (big picture goals), break them down to smaller, actionable mini-goal. You can break them down to Bi-Annual (6months), Quarterly, Monthly, Weekly and Daily goals.
Then based on this breakdown, create a recurring to-do-list (it can be daily or weekly etc, depending on the type of goals you set) of things that you should do to work towards your goals. Finally, review your plans, and make sure that they fit the way in which you want to live your life.
Step 3: Staying on Course
Once you’ve decided on your big picture goals and broken them down to smaller actionable goals, keep the process going by reviewing and updating as needed. Periodically review the longer term plans, and modify them to reflect your changing priorities and experience. (A good way of doing this is to schedule regular, repeating reviews using a journal).
Remember, your goals have to be SMART
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable/Action-Oriented
R – Relevant
T – Time-bound/Trackable
For example, instead of having “save more money” as a goal, it’s more powerful to use the SMART goal “To have saved X amount by December 31, 2019.” (Step 1).
Then break down into smaller goals – save X amount every month (Step 2) and periodically check your savings to ensure you are on track.
Having an amazing 2019 is definitely possible, you just have to plan and act towards it.