Now is the time to reflect and set goals for 2018 to position yourself to make next year “your year.” Determine what went well in 2017 and what didn’t and write it down. Also, start brainstorming ideas on different ways you can better serve your ideal clients.
Don’t be afraid to stretch yourself a little and step out of your comfort zone when coming up with ideas and setting your goals. Change is good and can be very exciting once you begin to see all of the possibilities that can derive from that one change!
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
7 Steps to Reaching Your Goals for 2018
1. Set realistic goals to avoid setting yourself up for disappointment.
For example, if you set a goal to create and launch a new product or coaching program in three months but have no idea what that new product or program is yet or what it entails to ensure a smooth delivery to your new clients, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.
Consider the amount of time and commitment it is going to require of you. Set goals that you know you can achieve within the timeframe you give yourself to reach them.
If you have one big goal for the year, break it into smaller goals to help you with the follow through process. Breaking your big goal into smaller ones lessens the feeling of overwhelm and allows you to make the most of your time, efforts, and energy at each stage. (After all, you can’t eat an elephant in one bite!)
2. Make your goals specific and work on one goal at a time.
It is easier to see what progress you are making when your goals are specific and you are clear on what activities you want to do each day.
Planning out your work schedule will be that more focused on achieving each goal by the projected deadline. Meaning, the chances of you experiencing disappointment at the end of the year because you did not reach your intended goals will be a thing of the past.
3. Determine what tasks/activities need to take place to achieve each goal.
Create a simple goal-setting outline, jot down the tasks and activities on your calendar, and take action. There is no right or wrong way to create your outline. The main thing is that it works for you. Here’s a simple outline I put together as an example:
Primary Goal: _____________________________ Achievement Date: ___________________
a. __________________________ Notes: _________________________________
b. __________________________ Notes: _________________________________
c. __________________________ Notes: _________________________________
Action Steps for Task/Activity:
a. __________________________ Complete By: ____________________________
b. __________________________ Complete By: ____________________________
c. __________________________ Complete By: ____________________________
4. Dedicate at least 1-2 hours per day or 5-10 hours per week to create momentum.
Block out this time on your calendar and honor it. Treat this time as a “client” appointment. Out of respect for your client and their time, standing them up would be unacceptable. Why would you treat yourself any less?
5. Write down each goal on an index card, specifying an end date on the top line and list the steps you plan to take underneath.
Put your goal card somewhere in your office where it can be easily seen to inspire and motivate you to work toward it each day. Seeing your goal card and the related tasks on your desk calendar serve the same purpose—a steady reminder that you are on track and one day closer to reaching it!
6. Don’t keep it a secret.
Publicly state your goal by sharing it with colleagues or with a group you belong to. Sharing your goal with someone will make a big difference because it is no longer just known by you. Others will be aware of your goal and will look forward to hearing about your journey and progress you are making along the way.
Yes, it may be a little scary to share your goal with others but you will be glad you did because they will be there to cheer you on and celebrate with you when you achieve it!
7. Find yourself an accountability buddy.
Your partner should be someone who you can trust to be honest and up front with you. It is in your best interest not to pick someone who might be hesitant to ask you the tough questions if you don’t follow through with what you said you were going to do.
For example, picking your best friend, spouse, or significant other would more likely let you slide or will avoid asking you challenging questions because they don’t want to chance hurting your feelings or starting an argument.
The bottom line is that your accountability buddy should be someone who will “hold your feet to the fire” and who is willing to give you constructive criticism.
Now it is up to you. What goals do you want to accomplish in your business for 2018 that will make it your best year ever? Share in the comments below and you will have “Step 6” completed.