New Year Resolutions: How To Set Goals And Achieve Them
Happy New Year, Kicking Asana fam! 2017 was a crazy year. It was filled with so many incredible memories. Even so, if you’re like me you are READY to take on 2018 and make it the best year yet. On Sunday evening as we waited for the ball to drop, I made a point to sit down and write down everything that I wanted to achieve in 2018. And, rather than looking at each item as a “New Year Resolution,” I sat with my Passion Planner and created SMART goals.
Why Goals Are More Powerful Than Resolutions
I get it - there’s something tangible in the air around January that screams “New Year New Me!” but I’ve found - and maybe you have, too - that these so-called resolutions often end up being forgotten or ignored only weeks down the road.
The problem with resolutions is that they tend to be grandeur gestures of radical change in life asking us to stretch far too thin from what we are used to.
From “I’m going to go to the gym every day after work in 2018” to “I’m finally going to quit smoking,” we are setting ourselves up for failure by defining these resolutions on such a general high-level.
On the other hand, when we set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-Focused, and Time-Bound) we set down the tracks which we need to be able to make those life changes - one step at a time. For example, saying “I am going to go to the gym at least once a week in January” is much more achievable than throwing in a strict 5-day schedule your body and mind isn’t ready for.
Different Types of Goals
When you sit down to reflect on what is important for you as you head into 2018, there are so many different goals that can get you from Point A to Point B.
Whether you are looking to deepen your spiritual practice with meditation or get a new job, there are two different ways to look at your goals and set a plan to achieve them.
Think about one goal that would be the biggest game-changer in your life right now.
Notice that the goal might have a few steps that need to be taken before you can get to it, but we’ll work through that a little further down in this piece.
This larger goal will be considered your long-term goal and can be time-bound to the end of the year or maybe even a three/five-year plan depending on how big it is. It is important to define your long-term goal now so we can reverse-engineer the other goals and benchmarks you need to hit along the way.
The smaller steps you take along the way to your long-term goal are considered your short-term goals. These can be anything from a weekly goal, monthly goal or even a 90-day goal.
With all your short-term goals, it’s key to ask yourself, “By doing this, am I getting closer to my long-term vision?”
How To Set Goals For The New Year
While “New Years Resolution” tends to have a question mark of how to actually achieve it, setting goals will not. Below we’ll work through the steps of how to set your goals for 2018 and how to achieve them.
Think Big: What Are Your Goals?
Although we want to create small goals to help us ease into the new year rather than throw everything on at once, it’s important to have a long-term vision and work your way back from that larger goal.
Start by writing down big goals that you have for this year or even your lifetime. What areas of your life do you want to see a change in?
As you write down these goals, truly feel into what it would mean to have these goals achieved in your life. More financial freedom? Better health? Allow yourself a moment to sit with these goals and express gratitude as if you already have them. The moment we start living as if we already have what we need, the Universe responds with the opportunities we need to get there.
Work Backwards: Reverse Engineer Your Goals
Now that you know what your big goals are, it’s time to write down all the necessary steps you need to take to get to that goal.
For example, if you want to start working from home by the end of the year, you may write down that you need to create an office space, find freelance work, and actively search and apply for work-from-home positions at least one time a week until you find something.
Add A Deadline For Your Goals
Besides sending a clear signal to the Universe that you are ready for the abundance of your goals, setting a deadline to the necessary steps you need to take details out a clear plan of action for you to ensure you are hitting your mark and completing each goal you set.
If you do end up missing a deadline, be gentle with yourself. Then ask yourself, “If I was doing this for someone else, would it have gotten done?”
I admit, I am the first to let myself down before letting others down. This is a goal that I am working on myself in 2018. Do your absolute best to not miss deadlines because when we work hard for ourselves, the world takes notice and the things we want to achieve become easier and easier.
Go back to your goals and set a deadline for each one. Grab a planner if you can and jot down your deadlines so you’re reminded every time you open it up.
Find An Accountability Buddy To Help You With Your Goals
Everyone is setting goals or resolutions for themselves this year and having that additional support to help you obtain yours is so impactful for small or large goals. My accountability buddy is my fiance, Corey, and we’ll be checking in with each other every Monday morning to ensure we’re both staying on track.
Find your accountability buddy to check in with daily, weekly or monthly. The more frequently you meet, the more on top of your goals you’ll be.
How To Achieve Your Goals
When you look at the bigger goals, it may seem harder to grasp that it’s possible, so truly take the time to plan out your small goals and stick to that plan. A major part of goal setting is understanding that discipline and motivation are key elements to successfully achieving goals and often times that means making minor changes in life in order to make room for these new things.
What Does It Take To Achieve Your Goals
Alright - you’ve got the energy ready to accomplish your goals, so now it’s time to look at the exact specifics you need to set in place in order to be successful. Each and every goal you set should be broken down to provide you with the steps you need to take in order to achieve the goal.
For example, if you want to nail a handstand by the end of the year, what do you have to do on a daily, weekly or monthly basis in order to accomplish this?
Be realistic with these steps and ease your way into each goal. Remember, we’re going for long-term changes, not short bursts of radical lifestyle shifts.
Tips For Achieving Your Goals
Goal setting is exciting! But, it can also be overwhelming especially if you’re looking to accomplish some big shifts in 2018. If you feel the weight of your goals weighing you down, remember why you started. Come back to that feeling and visualization of you accomplishing your goals and sit with that image for a while.
It isn’t always going to be easy. Nothing in life that is good ever is. So stay focused, be gentle with yourself, and know that each day is an opportunity for you to get one step closer to your goals.
Achieve A Goal? Treat Yo’Self
YES! You did it! You accomplished a goal! Now that you’ve got one under your belt, it’s important to treat yourself to something nice as a means of motivation for your future goals. As you set each goal for 2018, make sure to include a small treat for yourself for each goal you achieve. This will help to drive you closer to your goals faster.
My New Year Goals List
To give you an idea of what long-term and short-term goals look like, I’ve included my major 2018 goals below for inspiration. Notice that some goals seem super easy, while others are a bit more challenging. It’s important to have a variety of both. So you are able to keep up momentum and stay committed as you complete each one.
My Long Term Goals
Turn Kicking Asana into my full-time gig with no freelance on the side
Six-figure launch of my Kick-Ass Branding Course
With with Alo Yoga as Brand Ambassador and Yoga Teacher at La Jolla Location
My Short Term Goals - How I’m Going To Get To My Long Term Goals
Write at least one blog a week
Launch course in January
Promote course via ads and social platforms
Pitch brands 1-2x month
Host event in San Diego in August 2018
Get Paid speaking gigs or podcast
Connect with Alo Yoga marketing team
Over To You: What Are Your 2018 Goals?
Now that you’ve seen my goals and the steps you need to take to reach your goal, I’d love to hear: what are your life goals? Also, what are the step-by-step actions you will take to reach your desired result?
Leave a comment on the post and remember: stay focused, you’ve got this!