Well its finally here 2019! The last year just flew by and if talking to plenty of other people out there is any indication, thank goodness its over! So this year as with every new year I’m starting out with optimism. I don’t tend to make resolutions of any sort but I do use it as a reset or a start line to work at some new and old goals. This year I’m looking at the year as 365 days to kick some ass and take some names.
I have a few very audacious goals this year. Keep working on this new passion of writing and blogging. Grow my Instagram, do a trail race, travel to at least one new place we’ve never been, challenge myself physically by the end of the year, maybe a spartan race or beginner triathlon of sorts. Funny thing is I’ve always had these goals but I used to not do things because of not having enough time to train for the win. But this year I’m just going to do it , if I place well then bonus! This year I’m going to eliminate the excuse of why I couldn’t train to win and just do it.
So how can you say focused on your goals for 2019? I‘ve got a special gift for you my wonderful readers, I’ve connected with the talented Lisa Michaud. Lisa works with entrepreneurs, leaders, moms and executives who like us are committed to achieving their goals and having it all. She herself is an entrepreneur a mother and self-made millionaire all by the time she turned 30. She’s going to give us some great tips and tricks to stay on track this year.
Did you know that studies show anywhere from 80-90% of goals people set are never achieved? That number can be discouraging. But instead of being discouraged, it’s a fantastic opportunity to look at what DOES work. What are the people who are achieving their goals differently?
Over the years, I’ve worked in corporations and in my business to help leaders, families, entrepreneurs, and organizations set - and achieve goals. And I’ve personally set and achieved some big and ambitious goals (and failed at lots of others). I’ve seen - and learned - what works and what doesn’t.
Here are the 5 MUST-DO steps to setting - and most importantly, achieving your goals.
Get clear on what you really, really want. Get honest here. So many people set goals that are actually other people’s, or goals that sound like what you “should” do. Don’t just set arbitrary job title goals, weight loss goals, or money-making goals (just a few of the common ones). A great way to do this is to pretend it’s December 31st, 2019. Imagine your year was the best year ever. What happened? How does it feel? How have you changed? Align with that incredible feeling of having what YOU want and you won’t go wrong.
Prioritize your goals. For 2019, I recommend no more than 2 or 3 goals. Often, we overestimate what we can achieve in one year but underestimate what we can do in five. Create a long and short-term goals list. Once you know which 2-3 goals you will focus on this year, ensure that you are making time every single week to take action on your goals. (Need help with this? Grab my FREE Weekly Goal Planner here).
Plan to rock your goal. You need a larger plan with at least a few steps mapped out on how you will achieve your goal - but you don’t need to know every step (and in fact, so many people give up just because they don’t know the how - don’t let this scare you). Start with what you know, and go from there. Take 20-30 minutes once a week to plan the week ahead. (Seriously, grab this planner to make it easy). Then, block the time it will take you to take action on your goals physically in your calendar (digital or printed). Here are two pro tips to take this to the next level:
a. Add 30-50% more time than what you think it will take, and over-schedule. Think that blog post will take you 1 hour? Plan for 1.5. Planning to go to 3 yoga classes this week? Schedule 4 or 5. That way when life inevitably comes up, you’ve built a buffer that allows you to still reach your goals and prevents you from getting disappointed.
b.Communicate your plan with anyone who needs to know or might be impacted. This is great to share with your husband, kids, boss, or accountability partner. This ensures there are no messy surprises when expectations aren’t messed - and keeps you on track with your results.
Create new habits and mindsets. You have to believe you are the person who has already achieved that goal. Believe you already are the entrepreneur, the marathon runner, the nursing student. When you act like the person who already has it, you then take action based on that. You ask for the sale, you train for the race, you apply for the program. Once you own that mindset, you can create new habits. Each goal you want to achieve will require you to change at least one (and probably many habits). When you think of changing habits, think of adding something, rather than just “stopping” something. Instead of thinking “I will stop eating after 8pm”, start thinking (and doing) “After 8pm, I will drink chamomile tea”. We always have to replace a bad habit (or a habit that isn’t currently serving us) with a new one. Think of the habit you want to introduce and overwrite your old habits. If you want to learn more about habits, my favourite book on this is The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.
Get accountability. You are significantly (like 95%!!) more likely to achieve a goal if you have told someone else what you will do, and check in with them on a specific date. Find a community, mentor, accountability partner, boss or coach to support you and keep you on track. You can check in monthly, weekly or even daily. Find what works for you to keep you moving and progressing on your big goals. Oh, and pick someone who will be supportive. Success is not a straight line - in fact, it often looks like you’re soaring one moment, and wondering what the heck you’re doing the next. Find an accountability partner or community that will support you when times get tough and uplift you in the moments when it gets hard. No one does it alone.
You want to crush your 2019 goals. Whether you are ready to finally organize your house and life, or spend more time with your family, or quit your job and travel the world, these 5 steps will ensure you get there. And don’t forget to grab my free Weekly Goal Planner to help make sure you keep your big 2019 goals at the top of your mind!
Well Guys if this doesn’t set us up for success I don’t know what will! A huge thank you to the wonderfully talented Lisa Michaud, thank you so much for taking the time to share with my readers these fantastic tips for achieving our goals this year. I’m definitely going to sit down, fill in the Weekly Goal Planner and refine my goals so that I’m setting myself up for success. What steps are you going to take to insure you achieve your goals this year? Comment below
Bonus!!!!!! Lisa is giving away a FREE 30- minute 2019 Goal Strategy Session. Head over to her Instagram @li_michaud before Sunday, January 20 at midnight PST to enter!! The link is in her bio!