It’s officially 2019 and this next year is full of potential, opportunity, and unknowns. It can be either exciting or overwhelming to think that we have a whole year ahead of us. It all depends on the way you look at it.
Whenever I find myself in a new beginning, I feel it fitting to quote the great Hunter Hayes:
“There’s nothing like starting over. There’s nothing like shedding a heartache, writing a new page, say what you want to say. There’s nothing like a heart wide open, that bittersweet comfort of knowing you can let go, take the weight off your shoulders. There’s nothing like starting over.” - Hunter Hayes, Nothing Like Starting Over
At some point in 2018, you may have had heartaches. I know I did. Things that didn’t work out like I planned. A relationship that ended with much heartbreak. Whatever that heartache was for you this year, lean into that bittersweet comfort of knowing that you can let go and take the weight off your shoulders. This is a new year. It’s your year.
But to focus on 2019, we must leave 2018 behind. Remember the good things that happened and be happy because more good things are coming. Be grateful for the bad things and remember the lessons you learned. Then, let the past be in the past.
Today, we are following the words of Hunter Hayes. We are writing our new page and saying what we want to say! We’re going to set beautiful goals and kickstart those goals to make 2019 the best year ever.
Many of the goal setting strategies we’ll talk about today come from my very wise and productivity talented friend Alyssa, from episode 3 How to Create a Plan that Brings Your Dreams to life. If you haven’t checked that episode out, go listen to it for more awesome goal setting advice.
On New Year’s Day, I went over to see Alyssa and her husband Heath and we had a 9 hour goal setting party. Yes I said 9 hours. Why so long? Well one, we were having a lot of fun with it and enjoying a lot of good conversation/reflection. Two, Alyssa is a serious planner and made us all spreadsheets to track and plan our lives. Bless you Alyssa. 🙌
So, based on what we did at our goal setting party, here are my tips for kickstarting your goals to make 2019 the best year ever!
Make goal setting an event
Before we even get into the actual goal setting, we need to hype the energy around goal setting. Even if you LOVE planning, you may not always love reviewing your goals (especially if you feel behind on achieving them).
This is why we had a goal setting party. We did not simply write goals, we made it an event, with friends, food, and activities! Everything is more exciting when you make a big deal out of it. You can turn anything into a “party”, even reviewing or making goals on your own.
Instead of simply sitting down to write your goals, you could:
Put on a great music playlist (slower for reflection, upbeat for goal setting, with dance breaks in between tasks)
Make some tasty snacks and drink your favorite tasty beverage
Go somewhere really beautiful and pack a picnic
Sit down at your favorite coffee shop with a latte
Invite friends over and do goal setting activities (make vision boards, bucket lists, affirmations, and more!)
Keep this in mind when creating your goals in January and when you're reviewing your goals throughout the year. This is your life. Make it fun!
Start with gratitude
To focus on 2019 and get into the right mindset, start with having gratitude for all the wonderful and not so wonderful things that happened in 2018. Ask yourself these questions:
What am I grateful for about 2018?
What are some really good things happened?
What heartaches or challenges did I overcome and what did I learn?
What would I like to see more of in my life this next year?
Be grateful for who you were in 2018 and let it be. Now, let’s decide who you’re going to be in 2019.
cHOOSE 3 VALUES FOR THE YEAR
Next, we are going to set a framework for the year and we will do this by setting 3 values for 2019. We will use these values to create goals and make decisions.
The values I chose this year are Financial Stability/Freedom, Travel, and Growth (Personal/Business). It felt weird to make my number one value this year about financials, but if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be prepared to do all of the really fun things I want to do this year.
I spent a lot of my savings last year because I invested in my album “Music & Lyrics”, travel, and personal growth opportunities and certifications. I’m so happy to have my album, travel memories, and certifications! Now that I’ve invested in those areas of my life, I need to invest back into my finances.
Having these values in place, will be so helpful this year when making decisions in all areas of your life. For example, if I have the opportunity to go on a trip, I’ll ask myself “Would I rather go on this trip or have that X amount of money (cost of the trip) in my savings right now?”.
Based on where I’m at with my finances, I can decide to go on the trip (spend the money), not go on the trip (save the money), or find a third option (make that much extra money!)
Think about what these values for the year will be for your life. Here are some ideas to get you thinking:
Starting a business
Growing a business
Your values can be a word, a phrase, or a feeling that you desire. After you choose your values, rank them in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. This may change throughout the year, but the order is important in decision making.
Set goals in 5 MAIN areas:
Next, we are going to look at goals in 5 areas of your life: Financial, Personal growth, Health/fitness, Relationships, and Business. Start by setting 2-3 annual goals for each of these areas. Here are some examples:
Make X amount a month
Put X amount in savings
Pay off X amount of debt
Read 25 books
Go on a solo trip
Start a meditation habit
Try a gluten free diet for 30 days
Walk for 15 minutes a day
Run a marathon
Go on a girl’s trip
Have a weekly date night
Have X amount of family time each week
Start a business
Create another source of income
Get a promotion at work
Break goals down into action steps for Q1
Now that you have your main goals for each area, we are going to break down what you’re going to do in the next 3 months or the first quarter of the year. Realistically, what can you accomplish by the end of March in each of these areas? Then, work backwards to write down what you need to accomplish each month to reach that goal.
For example, to save $3,000 by the end of March, you’ll need to put $1,000 a month in savings in January, February, and March.
To try a gluten free diet for 30 days by the end of March, you’ll need to research the diet and meal plan at least 30 days before the end of March.
Some goals will be short term (try a 30 day diet) and some will be long term (save X amount of money). Use your values (and your schedule) to determine what goals you will work towards during Q1 and what goals you will complete.
Once you’ve done this first part of the year, you can work on breaking down your goals and action steps for Q2, (April - June), Q3 (July - September), and Q4 (October-DecEmber).
Then, get to work on completing those action steps!!
Now that you’ve set up your goals, here are some tips for how to kickstart your progress on all the great things you want to do this year.
Identify some type of reward to go with each of your goals. This will give you something to look forward to and work towards. This may be something that you’ll do for yourself when you reach a goal or maybe the end result of achieving your goal.
I want financial stability, but having X amount of money in my savings account is not nearly exciting as thinking about the trailer I want to buy when I’ve saved up enough money. Anytime I think about spending money, I think about my trailer and how much I want to buy it in cash, with plenty of savings left over. Instead of a number in my bank account, now it’s a vision that I can work towards.
Give yourself some quick wins
If you really want to kickstart your goals this year, start by knocking out some goals in the first month of the year. Like right now!
We are going to take an approach similar to Dave Ramsey’s Debt Snowball, but with goals! If you’re not familiar with the Debt Snowball, it's when you organize your debts, smallest to largest. You do whatever possible to get the money to pay off that first debt immediately (have a garage sale, get a second job, etc). Then, you put the money you were paying on that debt to make extra payments on the next largest debt. Thereby snowballing your debt payoff.
We’re going to do that, but with goal setting! Instead of organizing your goals smallest to largest, I want you to think of the goal that will have the largest impact on the rest of your year. The one that would help you snowball your momentum.
This is the goal that would make 2019 pretty awesome if you knocked it out in January. Most likely, this will be a goal tied to your #1 value that also impacts the other two values in a positive way.
For me, this was launching at Etsy shop of digital printables to help others create a positive mindset. This goal creates another source of income that will grow over time, which contributes to my financial stability/freedom value. It is all digital products, which allows me to travel and have a flexible schedule. It forces me to grow my business and personal comfort zones, contributing to my growth value.
From idea to launch, this goal took me three weeks to complete. Three all consuming, intense, put a lot of other things on the back burner weeks to complete, but is now officially launched in the first month of the year. Now that I’ve taken the time to set it up for success and grow throughout the year, I can maintain it, while using my time now to snowball the momentum on other goals.
So what is that goal for you? What goal can you hustle hustle hustle on these next few weeks to complete that will also benefit the rest of your goals this year?
Track your progress and Review
This is a step that I have very much overlooked in the past, but is SO important. If you don’t write down what you’re doing, you’ll forget what you did. Write down all the tasks you do associated with your goal. Then, go back and review it often. You might find that a small percentage of tasks are making huge progress towards your goal. Do more of those!
Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate!
Finally, celebrate!!! Celebrate every step of the way. Celebrate that you made it to the end of this blog post. Celebrate that you’re going to have a pretty amazing year, full of clear direction and opportunities. Make every step and achievement a celebration party.
Shout this affirmation from the rooftops: “2019 is going to be the best year ever!"
I can’t wait to see what 2019 holds for you :) Let me know how your goal setting goes in the comments below!
If you are a starter like me, this book will be SO helpful for your goal setting this year. I feel more confident that I can really make things happen this year after reading this book.
It also talks about setting realistic goals, using data to your advantage, and all sorts of other very useful information!
If you’re more of a finisher than a starter, the author also has another book called “Start” that Alyssa highly recommends.
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