4 steps to Slay your Goals in 2019
Happy New Year! I am not sure what it is about a new year that makes people want to finally get their shit together. I believe it is the feeling of new possibilities and the promises of something new. People love the idea of new things or a clean slate. Every year, people create the failed New Year’s resolutions list that never last past January 10th. I am confident that this will be the year you achieve your goals. It does not matter the goal: you want to lose weight this year, travel to that new destination, buy that house, or just be at peace. These four steps will help you achieve those goals.
1. Learn your Passion: I believe that the reason why 90% of your goals are not reached is because you are not genuinely interested in them. You have to sit down and examine why do you want to reach this goal? For years, I told myself that I wanted to lose weight. But at the time, I did not really have an issue with my weight. I just felt like I should be a certain weight because of beauty standards. So I always put that weight loss goal on the back burner and then became upset at the end of the year. One outlet I use to verify if I have a passion for a goal is personality assessments. Yes, like the ones you took in high school. People really underestimate how much their personality plays a role in the things we love and/or good at. And if you have multiple loves, that is okay too.
Career Personality & Aptitude Test
2. Make a List: I have an unhealthy obsession for journals. I have a journal for every list I create because I love seeing my goals written down. By writing your goals down, it makes it feel more concrete vs. the possible idea floating around your head. Start by writing down just ONE goal. Then follow with WHY you want to reach that goal. Differentiate between SHORT-term vs. LONG-term goals. Long-term goals are the end game. For example, in 5 years, I want to open a bed and breakfast (real life goal). Short-term goals are things you want focus achieve in the near future. The near future can mean in one hour, a month or a year.
3. Consult with an Expert: “An expert is a person who has made every possible mistake in a small field of study” –Unknown. When goal setting and writing your end game, remember that there is someone in the field that knows more than you. That is okay. Reach out to the experts of that field for advice, mentorship, or just plain direction. When I started blogging, I reached out to several bloggers who have been blogging for years on ways on how to start a blog. Social media has made everyone accessible; use that to your advantage. Read books or blogs by your idols in the field. Never stop learning.
4. Put in the Work: You can write the list, read the help books, and talk to every expert in the world, but you have to put in the work if you want to reach your goals. Remember there is reason you created this goal for yourself, and remember that there will be times when you are tired or unmotivated. When those times come, go back to your WHYs in your list. You have to put in the work in order for you to achieve anything. How badly do you want it?
We are reaching goals in 2019, what do you have planned?