5 Strategies To Master Your 2018 Goals This Year & Beyond
This year, let’s talk about taking a different approach to how we glide into the New Year. As opposed to hopping on the New Year’s Resolution train this year, let’s explore a new mindset that sets you up for different results with your 2018 goals.
Historically speaking, only 60% of the population actually takes the time to set a New Year’s resolution! Of those people, only 10% stick to their original goals and end up succeeding.
These are not very encouraging odds, so I understand why people would want to forego goal setting all together! But if the conventional system is broken, let’s dig into WHY and try to fix it!
Here are 5 strategies for you to consider while you are forecasting your 2018 goals.
Get clear on your vision: WHAT do you want and WHY?
Get clear on why you want this goal. Ultimately, your why is going to need to be more powerful than your why nots in order to overcome any roadblocks and speed bumps along the way.
Connecting to why that is meaningful to you and aligns with your values is one of the best ways to keep yourself intrinsically motivated.
If you are only focused on a superficial goal that does not somehow light you up inside, you are much more likely to toss it out the window the first chance you get.
Create a vision board
It is easy to have tunnel vision as you are going through the daily motions. Writing out your goals somewhere that you can clearly and regularly visit them, along with having a tangible vision board is an effective way to keep yourself accountable and connected to the big picture.
This is your place to dream! Fill your board up with things that make you happy and excite you to get up every morning. If you are not moving in the direction of your dreams, what is the point right? Everyone deserves to live their dream life…so start now! For further perspective on visions boards, New York Times bestselling author Jack Canfield illustrates the art of an empowering vision board here.
Diversify your goals and vision board: When it comes to wellness especially, many of us automatically jump straight to diet and exercise. However, there are so many facets to wellness that contribute to our entire well-being and overall vitality.
I encourage you to consider all pieces of the pie when you are visualizing yourself and your life over the next year or so. Where could you shift your focus and spend more time and attention to balance out your wheel?
Celebrate your wins and forgive your losses
Any failure is an opportunity to learn and grow, so don’t be afraid to fail! Every experience is serving you in some way…reflect on what you can learn from your failures and they won’t seem so daunting.
Try not to get caught up in the need to be perfect. Ditch the all or nothing, black or white, thinking that leads to self-sabotage and negative self-talk.
Start getting comfortable in the gray zone. If you get off track along the way, remember that every day is another opportunity to start over.
Consider how you are framing your 2018 goals
Are you restricting yourself with resolutions or are you empowering yourself with good intentions?
Making small shifts in how you perceive your goals can motivate you to stay the path. We’ll unpack the concept of goal framing in an upcoming resolution vs. intention post, including real-life examples!
Follow through on your good intentions
“Focus in 15” – Take 15 minutes a day to focus inward, connect to your visions, goals, and daily action plan. For a sample worksheet that I use during my Focus in 15, click here.
Be Intentional – Align your actions with your intentions. When you are making decisions, ask yourself if your actions are going to move you closer in the direction of your goals. If not, you may need to reassess your goals OR reconsider your actions.
Be Accountable – Be honest with yourself in what you need to hold you accountable to your 2018 goals.
You may be someone who is really good at holding yourself accountable. OR you may the person who would benefit from an accountability coach (like the coaching services offered at InsideOut Wellness & Rehab), a partner with similar goals or unwavering support, or a group/community of people that can help to keep you on track.
- Group fitness classes are a great way for people to feel part of a community and stay accountable to their wellness goals.
- Health Coaches and Life Coaches are incredible resources for people who desire additional trained support and guidance.
- Journaling is a great resource for individuals who like to keep themselves accountable.
2018 Goals Summary
I sincerely hope this is your best year yet! As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated. Leave comments throughout your progress on which strategies are working for you.
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