It’s always a good time of year to start goal setting for the year. It’s only normal, a new day offers the possibility for a new you, right?
However, only around 8% of people actually achieve their goals each year. And, only around 75% of those who set goals follow through with them after the first week of setting them.
It’s crazy that 25% of people already stop working towards their goals after just the first week!
With today’s blog post, I’m going to help you stick to the goals you set for 2018 and become successful with them this year. Let’s make your 2018 goals list a reality!
Before you throw out the idea of goal setting, or judge people who are doing so, please keep this quote from Statistic Brain in mind:
“People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.”
This is why I believe that setting goals and making a plan to reach them is so important.
Due to that, let’s make 2018 a great year. Let’s work on managing our money better, living our dream life, traveling more and succeeding with whatever 2018 goal you want to reach.
Here are my tips and advice to help you reach your 2018 life goals. Plus, at the end of this blog post, I’ve included my 2018 goal progress as well as my goals for 2019.
Tips for success in 2018:
Review the previous year and your previous goals and objectives.
Before you start thinking about 2018, you should think about how 2017 went for you.
Think about the goals you reached, the successes you had, and more. Then, think about what you wish you could have done better and the areas you struggled with.
By completing this step, you’ll be able to better figure out what you need to do in 2018 in order to have a successful year.
Make sure your goal setting is SMART.
You should always make sure that any goal you set is SMART.
A SMART goal is:
- Specific – What is your goal? Is it specific enough or is it too broad? What needs to be done for you to achieve your goal? Why do you want to reach your goal?
- Measurable – How can you measure your progress? How will you know if you’re on track?
- Attainable – Can your goal actually be achieved?
- Realistic/relevant – Can you achieve your goal? Is the goal worth it?
- Time – What’s your time frame for reaching your goal?
Write down your 2018 goals and objectives.
Writing down your goals for 2018 is a very important part of goal setting.
Completing this step can help you remember your goal and why you want to achieve it. Whenever I don’t write something down or have it in front of me on a regular basis, I tend to forget about it.
If you can’t remember your goal, it would be very hard to reach it. I suggest that you think about:
- Making a vision board.
- Putting post-its around your home that list your yearly goals.
- Placing reminders on your phone, calendar, or whatever else you use for your to-do list.
Create a plan to reach your life goals.
If you want to stay motivated with your goals, then one of the first things you should do is to create a plan on how you will reach your goal.
A plan can help you focus on the steps it will take to reach your goal, instead of feeling like you are all over the place.
Your plan should detail the steps you need in order to reach your goal, what will happen as you reach each step, when and how you will track your progress, and more. Being detailed with your plan will help you reach your goal and become successful.
Break your goal apart into smaller goals.
Having a full year to reach your goal is a long time, and you may forget about your goal or just become overwhelmed by it.
What I recommend doing is creating 12 goals for your overall goal, one for each month of the year. Basically, each month would be a step that gets you closer to your overall goal.
This can be a great way to stay motivated and see the progress you are making towards your overall goal, and you’ll know exactly what you need to do in order to be successful.
For example. If your goal is to become a blogger in one year, your monthly goals may be something such as:
- January – Think of a blog idea and a name.
- February – Start a blog and create a blogging plan.
- March – Create an editorial calendar.
- April – Find ways to monetize a blog.
- May – Reach X amount of page views.
- June – Attend a blogging conference.
- July – Guest post on 10 websites.
- August – Grow your email list
- September – Build an emergency fund
- October – Reach X in blogging income.
- November – Grow a social media account to X.
- December – Become a blogger!
Keep track of your goal setting progress and make changes (if needed).
To stay motivated with your yearly goals and become successful with them, you should review your progress every so often. You may want to check in daily, weekly, or monthly, depending on what type of goal you have and what personally works for you.
Keeping track of your goal setting progress is a good idea because it can tell you what you need to do in order to reach your goal, whether or not you are behind, or if you need to make a change.
Find small ways to stick to your goal.
Many fall off track when it comes to their goals because sometimes the daily steps they are taking are just too big. This may cause a person to ignore their goal because they are feeling lazy (we’ve all felt this!), tired, and so on. This can lead to spiraling out of control and completely falling off track.
Forgetting about your goal, for even just a short period of time, may also contribute to you falling off track.
A better idea for the days when you don’t feel like working towards your goal is to take smaller steps. This way you won’t completely forget about your goal and you also won’t feel like you have entirely given up. This will make days when you’re feeling “off” much easier to deal with.
Several examples so that you can learn how to get back on track include:
- If you are trying to eat in more, do a batch freezer cooking session to stay on top of preparing meals ahead of time. This way you will have a meal to turn to on the days when you don’t feel like cooking.
- If you’re not feeling like working out, then do something small instead. Try to fit in some squats, lunges, jumping jacks, or whatever else you can while you are cooking a meal, watching TV, or getting ready.
- If you are trying to reach financial goals but are feeling overwhelmed, you may want to start automating as much as you can, and so on. This can make reaching your financial goals a little easier.
Find ways to motivate yourself when setting goals.
Motivation is what keeps you going so that you do not quit and this will help you to reach your goal for 2018. However, finding motivation can be a hard task for anyone. But it’s so important to find what motivates you because it will help you continue to work towards your goal, even when it seems impossible.
Here are a few ways to motivate yourself so that you can learn how to get back on track and not give up on your goals:
- Create a vision board and keep it somewhere that you will see on a daily basis.
- Make it a friendly competition
- Find ways to reward yourself as you get closer to your goal.
Make reaching your goal a friendly competition.
One great way to stay on track with your goals for 2018 is to turn your goal setting into a competition between you and someone else.
Finding an accountability partner can make reaching your goals more fun and potentially easier.
This is because you won’t be going at it alone, you’ll have someone to talk to who is going through a similar process as you, you’ll have someone else pushing you to succeed, and more.
There are many ways to find an accountability partner. An accountability partner can be someone you know, such as a friend, family member, coworker, and so on. They can even be a stranger, such as someone you met online who has a similar goal.
What goals are you hoping to reach in 2018? What goal setting tips do you have to share?