I have to be honest: I’m not a huge fan of resolutions. I think they are often just empty promises we make to ourselves, wishful thinking without an action plan. It’s one reason I love the concept of focusing on one word for the entire year.
Here are some things that have helped me get on track in setting goals in the areas of family, blog, business, and personal growth:
1.) MAKE SPACE.
Goal setting starts with designating time to really think and pray over what we hope to accomplish. One quiet, dedicated hour can provide much needed perspective and direction. Make a way to escape for some solitude and renewed vision.
2.) ASK FOR HELP.
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
3.) WRITE ‘EM DOWN.
Getting your goals on paper is essential to achieving that goal. I like to
- Start with a simple brainstorm
- Prioritize the most important goal areas that I want to pursue.
- Write out an action plan for each goal.
I like a good ol’ fashion list for this step, but use whatever works for you. Just get it on paper, girl!
4.) ESTABLISH A TIMELINE.
5.) MOVE INTO MOTION.
Maybe it’s just a few baby steps, but be sure that you write out action steps for each goal you’ve set. These should be measurable steps: ones you can check off once they are completed.
You may have heard of the little acronym S.M.A.R.T. as a guide to goal setting.
Check out TopAchievement for a helpful, detailed explanation of these 5 points to SMART Goal Setting, specifically more on what a “measurable” step might look like.
My dear friend Kristine, a Mary Kay consultant, taught me this one. She regularly makes little posters with prizes she hopes to earn as a MK consultant. She’ll simply cut out the photos from a catalog and tape or glue to a paper. It’s nothing fancy so don’t make it too complicated. After Kristine has her poster, she hangs it somewhere she will see it every day, like on the bathroom mirror or fridge.
Keeping your goals in the forefront of your mind visually makes it impossible to forget what you are working towards.
Today I created a free printable goal planning worksheet for you.
download pink goal planning worksheet
You may want to print out 12 and get your goals on paper each month.
Pick your choice of teal or pink, just because I like you.