2018 is going to be the Best Year Ever
Starting the year with a goal setting post - how original! ;-) I know, but I’m not here to reinvent the wheel. I like to do what works, and then give it my own twist. So here are some of my goals for this year, how I set them, and how you can help me stay accountable.
This is the second year I did Michael Hyatt’s “5 Days to your Best Year Ever” program. There are many other options out there to help you plan your goals, but here’s what I like about this one:
- It starts with the right mindset - you’re working through limiting beliefs and how to turn them around before you do anything else.
- You then review your past - to reflect on lessons learned, and to make sure you’re not dragging any dead weight with you.
- Then you start setting goals - these follow the SMARTER framework, and should be in all of the different life areas (not just money and weight-related).
- Find your why - reviewing and writing down the motivation of your goals will help navigate the “messy middle” when life gets in the way, and you get tempted to give up.
- Decide what the next action step for each goal is - you shouldn’t have more than 10 goals to start with, and this exercise is a reminder not to worry about the whole staircase, but just taking the first step. And then the next. And then review your progress periodically.
You’re probably familiar with setting SMART goals, and here are the two letters he added on:
I chose to set nine goals for this year: I’ve recommitted to joining and working the Weight Watchers program, I’m going to leave my iPhone in another room over night and begin and end each day writing in my journal, I scheduled time to write blog posts every day, I’ve made specific goals to publish blog and instagram posts, I want to increase my revenue this year, read novels for fun, have a vacation in Europe in June, nurture my marriage, and stay connected with friends.
In working through his course, the following insights and affirmations came up for me:
I have agency. I can decide and do it. Yes, I may get hard and life will get in the way. But I want the peaceful feeling of intentional living. Meeting time commitments and constraints with a smile. I respond well to deadlines, and there is enough time to work and relax.
Success will bring back fear, anxiety, stress, and depression. That’s ok. That’s just my system trying to keep me safe. Discomfort will show I’m on the right track. I can do this.
So my word of the year for 2018 is going to be Focus. It’ll serve as a simple mantra to get me back on track when things get overwhelming. I have a tendency to get distracted and jump from one thing to the next, but this year, I intend to concentrate on creating content that educates, inspires, and brings together a community of lettering and calligraphy enthusiasts.
And that’s where you come in: thank you for reading the blog, subscribing to my newsletter, participating in my workshops, and following me on Instagram. You’re who I’m doing this for. I’m going to rely on getting your feedback to make sure what I share stays exciting and relevant. If you haven’t already, please take a moment and answer these six quick questions so I get to know you better, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or comments you might have.
Thank you, and here’s to an intentional, peaceful, focused 2018!