It's January 4th of the New Year and everyone is still focused on setting their goals. Between reviewing last year and deciding what you want to accomplish this year, it seems like the world spends January in a state of planning.
This year, I wanted things to be different. I've spent so many years worrying about my PLAN and what I was going to focus on each year. I started every year with a set of goals I was going to accomplish and worked on them for all of two days. I would come back to them every once in awhile, but never really did anything.
If I was lucky and had a super productive streak during the end of my year, I'd finish a couple of goals. More often than not, I ended my year with maybe one goal completed. In 2017, I didn't even finish my reading goal! That's not okay for someone who used to devour books in a day.
The New Path
I'm choosing to start 2018 differently. I'm choosing to stop doing the same things over and over, expecting a different result each time. I'm choosing not to be insane anymore. :D I started January without any goals. I have a general idea of what I want to accomplish and how I want to feel, but I still don't have anything concrete.
I know I want to read at least 20 books this year. I know I want to make at least $25,000 in my business this year. I know I want to end this year in a position where I can take December to relax and enjoy the holidays - not worry about what's to come or how to afford bills which come our way.
That's about all I know. I have no definitive plans or broken down, color-coded mind maps. I have me and my brain. As a Type A person, this is a bit scary! However, I decided 2018 is going to be the year of doing. Instead of picking a word for the entire year, I'm picking a word for each Quarter. This way, I can pick a focus which represents where I am with my year.
Quarter 1's word is Action. I'm not going to plan out what I should do anymore. I'm just going to do it! I know it's only been four days, but not only have I checked off everything I needed to get done, but I've also boosted my confidence levels everytime I checked an item off.
At the suggestion of Jenny Beres, an online six-figure freelancer I'm taking some courses from, I set three actions as non-negotiables. These are the three items I have to get done in a day. It doesn't matter what else I need to do, what time it is, or how I feel. These three items will get completed. If you want to follow along with my progress, check out my Facebook Page. I post updates there regularly!
The three items I decided on were to do 30 minutes of mindset work, write one pitch a day, and brush and floss my teeth. I know what you're thinking - brushing and flossing your teeth? You have to make that a non-negotiable? Really Kaylee?
Yes, I have to make it a non-negotiable. My number one issue is consistency. I haven't been consistent in anything other than my lack of consistency. I wanted to start out with something I could control. Something which would make it easy to complete. I get the added benefit of having some pearly whites too!
Now it is only Day 4, however, I've completed every single task every single day. It's already been a struggle. I put it off until it was way past my bedtime two days ago and spent much of last night trying to talk myself out of doing the mindset work. After all, what was missing one day going to do?
Before I could let myself agree with the reasonable-sounding voice, I went and did some mindset work. My confidence levels would have dropped had I given in and not completed these tasks. Yes, my confidence in my abilities is a fragile thing, but that's the consequence of not trusting yourself to provide.
Not only have I completed four days of #365daysofaction, but I've also completed four days of fitness! I have been working out every single day, which has also helped boost my confidence. I know four days doesn't seem like a big deal, but for someone who can't go past day two, I'm really excited.
After all of my planning and scheming, I am starting this year with no idea where I want to end up. I know how I want to feel and I'm going to do everything in my power to get there. That being said, I am making goals for each quarter. I need some type of stability.
My goals for Quarter 1 are:
- Sign 2 clients at a specific retainer
- Finish 6 books
- Finish writing the first draft of my book
- Workout every single weekday
- Complete my non-negotiable tasks, EVERY SINGLE DAY
- Set up my YouTube Channel
- Publish my first 12 videos
- Publish 12 blog posts
That's all for Quarter 1! All of these goals are going to be results of me taking action every single day. All I can do is move forward. I'm hoping taking this new approach to my year will get me to where I am feeling good about my progress. I'm feeling really optomistic about this year. There's something in the air which feels different. I'm excited to see where I end up.