Everybody knows goals are a big deal. As the new year gets underway, making goals is on everybody’s mind. We’ve been told goals can help us succeed and can help make our lives better. I fully believe this. Having goals can truly make your life better, but only if you focus on completing these goals throughout the whole year. So how do we make these life changing goals?
If this is the first ever article you’ve read about making goals, where have you been? Since it probably isn’t, you’ve most likely seen the S.M.A.R.T. technique for making goals. Again, for all of those incredibly people who haven’t seen this technique, I’m going to explain what it is (seriously, though, where have you been?).
S - Specific
M - Measurable
A - Achievable
R - Realistic
T - Timely
In other words, to make smart goals, you should make a goal that is specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, and has a time element to it. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you should write down lose weight as your goal. It should read something more along the lines of this: My goal is to lose 20 pounds by June 2017. There’s a time element by June 2017. There’s a measurable element - 20 pounds. It’s achievable, realistic, and specific.
As someone who loves to plan, goals are my bread and butter. I always have goals going. Sometimes they are conflicting, sometimes they aren’t even what I want, but they are there and I have them. I’ve gone through a ton of different goal setting resources. It’s kind of an obsession. I don’t like to talk about it - but just for you, I will.
I am currently using the “Your Best Year 2017” workbook. So far, I am in love with it. It’s really gotten me to focus on the actual action steps I need to take, instead of setting a goal and then staring at it waiting for it to come true. This is getting me to stop looking at those goals and actually get some stuff done to make those goals come true.
The Make It Happen Powersheets and book - I just bought the book and will be reading it very soon (I’ll probably write a review for you), but I haven’t gone through the powersheets yet. Everyone I know who has has nothing but ecstatic and incredibly positive things to say about them. I’ve heard people seriously rave about them. These are definitely on my wish list for July. I’m going to purchase the 6 month track and go through them. I’ll write a review for you then too!
The You Got This Workbook from Alexis a.k.a. Miss Trenchcoat. This woman has got some serious goal smashing power! I’ve been following her on and off and have seen her set and accomplish some awesome goals. I loved her workbook and while it’s not something my mind was super excited about, I know there are a ton of other people who use it and swear by it! For me, there was too much writing and not enough direction. I’m a little kid - there needs to be an oversimplification and specific direction for it to work for me.
Many, many YouTube videos. I can’t stop watching videos on this. I watched this video most recently. There’s also this video that everyone should watch. Basically, all you have to do is search goal setting in YouTube and you will get an amazing array of videos to check out.
Try not to get lost in this vast sea. I know it can be tempting to watch video after video. I find the best practice is to use one of the channels I’ve already subscribed to and see if they have a video on their goals and how they made them. The reason for this is because I already know I like them. I know their style and what their personality is. I know who they are and why I like them and therefore, I know the way they are establishing goals and the goals they make are going to be at least relatively close to each other.
There are a couple more resources I want to give you, but they aren’t for goals specifically. They are more supplemental resources that can help you reach those goals that you want to set. The first one I want to introduce you to is from byRegina.com.
It’s her #GoIndependent course. Actually, any of the courses located here or anywhere on this woman’s webpage are worth going through, but before I go off on an unrelated tangent on how epically awesome Regick (a.k.a. Regina) is, I want to bring it back. Her #GoIndependent course is all about getting your business to a place where you can finally go independent.
She wants you to be able to take the leap and be able to quit your job. Now, of course, she does have disclaimers after you’re through with the 30 day course, you still may not be ready to quit your job. That’s okay! It doesn’t mean you failed and it doesn’t mean the course was a waste of your time. You are now more prepared than ever to go independent and when you feel more comfortable or are actually able to take the leap, you will be grateful you went through this course.
The next resource I want you to take a look at is from Melyssa Griffin. She is another awesome boss lady that I can go on and on about, but before I start, check out her Pinfinite Growth Course. I was blessed and won this course from a giveaway I entered. Let me tell you, it’s one of the best things I’ve gone through. Not only can I stare at anything Melyssa makes (it’s so pretty and well-branded!) but I learn so much every time I do.
Time To Get Going
There are many, many more methods to setting goals. Honestly, I can talk about making goals for hours, but that isn’t going to help you or me. The idea isn’t to find the method that beats all other methods. It’s to go through the resources you need to craft goals which make sense to you and help you to actually achieve them. The goal is to move your business and your life forward and continually improve.
We are all different types of learners. Some of us need to touch things to truly understand. Some of us just need to see it to get it. Others can’t learn by just audio, they need something else to connect it too. We learn in different ways and as such, we need different methods to set goals. For instance, you may not care about getting a reward for every goal you meet. Maybe you need to set consequences instead. Your motivation could be to get that check in your tracker.
Once you figure out what works for you, stick with it! Use it as much as you can. Don’t be afraid to tweak it and add new things. As soon as you find out something isn’t working for you, drop it. Don’t focus on making your goals over and over again. It can be tempting to rework your goals using every single one of the resources I mentioned above, but that isn’t helping you in the slightest. When using resources to make goals, stick with one or two of them. It can be tempting to go through one resource and then go onto the next one.
Try to limit yourself to no more than three resources a year. Go through one and if it truly feels wrong and isn’t helping you, move on. If what you’re using feels decent, but you’re not sure if it’s the one, keep with it. See where it will take you and what you do or do not like about it. This will help you figure out what you need in your next resource. In terms of the You Got This workbook from Alexis or Miss Trenchcoat, my brain said it was too much writing and not enough interactive questions. I also wanted some examples of how someone else did. Figure out what you want and like and go for it!