Happy new year beautiful people. How are we in 2020 already?
Lately, the years just keep zooming by. Maybe it’s a thing about getting older? Where the years just fly by, and before we know it, we’re celebrating another Christmas. Whew! It’s hard to keep up.
In this regard, I’m being intentional with my goals this year, going beyond getting shiny new planners and eating healthy only in the first week of January. All that mentality is shifting and here’s how you can set intentional goals and work towards them.
First, review the goals for last year! If 2019 was a good year, great! If it was not good, that’s ok, it is gone now, we reflect and see what went wrong, what didn’t work out, what lessons did we learn, put all those together and form great plans for the year going forward
Personally, 2019 was a good year for me. I made some progress in my personal and professional life, not significant, but hey; progress is progress .
While I’m thankful, I’m also hopeful and mentally charged for this new year/ decade so let’s get to it.
SPECIFIC: just get specific about that goal, like, real specific! “I want…” when you are specific about your goal, its clearer, you can strategize efficiently, and plan towards getting to your goal.
Over the years, I found out that I’m usually not specific about my goals, I just say things like “I want to make more money” or I want to lose weight… etc., But in 2020, I’m getting as detailed as possible. I’ve stated how much more I want to make and the exact weight I want to lose, now I’m thinking about the means to achieving them. In summary, actionable plans are easy to make when you know exactly what you want, so get to being specific about those goals!
MEASURABLE: How will you know if you are making progress with your goals, how will you measure those goals? Let’s use my weight loss goals again, by the time my pants begin to fall down my waist, I know I’m losing weight. The way my clothes feel will be how I measure those weight loss goals. Set yardsticks in place to measure your progress with your goals and reward yourself when you achieve them. Celebrate all your wins, it puts you in a positive place and gets you charged to want to achieve more.
Achievable: lets be realistic about the goals we set. Don’t just say I want to make $50,000 monthly when all you currently make is $200. While its good to dream big, its smart to put some grind behind that faith. Your goal should be stretched to make you feel challenged, but please define it so that you can achieve it. Ask yourself if you have the resources and capabilities to make it work. If you’re working hard for that amount, by all means go for it. Just don’t circle around doing the same things and expect your money to spike from $200 to $50,000. Do not set yourself up for frustration.
REALISTIC: when you set goals, please be realistic with yourself. There’s nothing worse than self-deceit. Be true to yourself. Is this goal within reach? Deep down we already know the answer. I’m not saying we should allow self-doubt or “small mindset” stand in our way of achieving things. Just be true to you. Are you willing to commit to achieving those goals with all your current involvements? Being realistic with your goal is the best thing you can do for yourself.
TIMELY: Put a time stamp on those goals’ girl! Set timelines for yourself. Do things timely. Set deadlines for yourself, and life happens we know, if you don’t meet your deadline, give yourself an extension, don’t be rigid. Be fluid and just set a date for accountability.
The year is still brand new, now’s a good time to set those goals if you haven’t already. Let 2020 be the year you are unapologetically you, and put your best foot forward.
What Goals are you setting the new year?
I hope we find time to enjoy the beautiful things if life in our life’s pursuits.
Have a nice day wherever you are!
Love, hugs and kisses,