Set Your Goals for 2019
~ by Cathy Goddard, December 2018
Setting goals is a hot trend. And not setting goals is a hot trend. No matter whether you follow the mainstream adages or not, there is no denying that it’s a good feeling to start the new year with a clean slate and some direction of what you want to achieve. But as we all know, New Year’s resolutions often fall flat with very few people actually achieving goals set at this time of year. In fact, University of Scranton research suggests that just eight per cent of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions.
The Problem with New Year’s Goal Setting
One problem is that people succumb to pressure to kick off lofty goals on January 1 and therefore, those objectives are often not grounded in reality. We are a society compelled to achieve more and more but it’s always good to remember that without realistic goals and some planning to achieve them, overwhelm can kick in.
A powerful way to push the ‘overwhelm’ away and gain momentum to coast into 2019 is to start with self-reflection. Set aside time to assess your personal and professional development over the past year and use that to determine your future path. Following are questions to drive that process and ultimately, increase your chances of success.
- What did I set out to achieve in 2018 and did I do everything possible to support myself in achieving those goals? If not, what can I change?
- What worked in 2018? Did I take time to celebrate those successes?
- What gave me pleasure in 2018?
- What was missing? Does it matter that it was missing?
- What were my roadblocks and how can I overcome them? Did something or someone hold me back in 2018?
- Did I reach my financial targets? If not, why not? How can I have a different outcome and financial success in 2019?
- Who inspired me in my professional life? How can I build a meaningful connection with that person in 2019?
- What are my values? Is what I created last year in alignment with those values? Have my values changed in some way as I start the new year?
Set A Word or Theme
A motivational ritual is to set a word or theme to catapult you through the coming year. Did something jump out in your answers to the above questions? Ask yourself this: “When I’m standing here on December 31, 2019, what does my life look like?” Your theme might resonate through that visualization and when that happens, it is clear as day! Using that word or theme throughout the year will keep you grounded and on track to achieving your goals and targets.
So what do you want to achieve in 2019? Take those introspective answers to the above questions and write down clear and realistic goals. To avoid seeing your goals fizzle, break them down into smaller, achievable steps and schedule them in your calendar throughout the year to keep you on track.
Free Online Modules to Help You Set Your Intentions
And if you want to delve in deeper, Lighthouse offers the popular ‘Set Your Intentions’ online modules absolutely FREE. Year after year, people have used these sessions to chart out goals of what they want to achieve. Download them right here and get started today.
Here’s to a year of making dreams come true. Happy New Year!
At Lighthouse Visionary Strategies, Cathy Goddard offers business and life coaching, workshops and is the founder of Lighthouse Mentor Network, a mentor program nominated for Small Business BC Awards for several consecutive years. Learn more at www.lighthousevisionary.com