Written by Jenny Monzon
2018 is creeping up on us. Where does the time go?! Hopefully you’ve had major success with those goals you wrote down at the start of 2017. If not, don’t beat yourself up. You can still get back on track. Did you make some progress, at least? If so, awesome! Hope you celebrated your successes along the way. It’s important to acknowledge all your accomplishments no matter how small. If you slacked off and aren’t happy with how 2017 turned out, I’m here to give you some tips so you can hit the ground running for an even better and successful new year!
1. Write down your goals.
Think. Get crystal clear on what your goals are and why you want to achieve them. Envision yourself achieving each goal and feel those positive emotions as if you already achieved them. Keep them visible and read it daily.
2. Include your action plan and deadline for each goal.
Take massive action. What are the steps you have to take to reach your goals? When do you want to accomplish it by? Be careful not to get stuck and stay in the planning & prepping process that you don’t actually take action towards reaching your goal. You’re going to have to get uncomfortable at some point. Remember you don’t have to learn or know everything ahead of time. If you’re waiting for the perfect time, it’s now. Just get started!
Focus on the correct activities and commit to doing them daily in order to reach your goal. Don’t get distracted. It’s OK to say no to people and things that don’t help you grow or progress towards your goal. Know your priorities and non-negotiables. People make to-do lists, why not make a NOT-TO-DO list and stick to it?
4. Believe in yourself.
C’mon have some faith in YOU! Like the Maju Mindset book says, “Your mindset is the doorway to your greatness”. Know that you are worthy of success and achieving your goals. Watch how you talk to yourself. Avoid words like “I can’t”, “I don’t have”, I will never”, etc. Plugging in to some positive & motivational audios or videos can do wonders for your personal development and growth. Try it out! I strongly believe that once you realize you are worthy and deserving of success and happiness, that’s when you’ll see a shift in your energy and demand more of yourself.
5. Find an accountability partner.
Grab a friend or coach. Share your goals with them to keep yourself accountable. Check in frequently to ensure you’re staying on top of the actions necessary to obtain your goals. Once you publicly put it out there, how can you not follow through? Surround yourself with people that will inspire you and challenge you to be better, people that you can learn from, people that believe in you, your dreams and vision.
In case you were wondering how I did with my 2017 goals, I’m an amazing starter and a less than amazing finisher. Raise your hand if you know what I’m talking about! To be honest, I did OK in the beginning of the year but quickly faded and had to re-evaluate my goals in May. Because of, let’s say personal life happenings, I allowed myself to get distracted and I lost focus. When I rewrote my goals, they all focused on rebuilding ME – my health, fitness, happiness, self-esteem, confidence, mental wellbeing, and my spiritual and personal relationships. Once I realized that I needed to take care of myself first, I went to work and let me tell you, I feel great! I am a work in progress but not only do I feel a difference, I have had friends and family tell me they see a positive change in me, too. How awesome is that?! Since then, I have given myself more goals to work towards before the end of this year. I share this with you because it is the reason one of the tips above is mindset and believing in yourself. We all get thrown curve balls from time to time but if we are equipping our mind with positivity, motivation and encouragement, it may give us the mental strength we need to handle it better and continue to stay focused on our path to crushing goals.
Now that I’ve shared these 5 tips to crush your goals that I’ve learned from my own personal experience……WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Get started! Yes! NOW! Who says you have to wait until Jan 1st? You still have time to finish 2017 strong!