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The Ultimate Guide To Creating Goals for the New Year

Essential goal setting guide to help set you up for success!

Live with intention! If you’ve been thinking about setting goals then you’re going to love this. Download the second edition of Create Your Best Life, the ultimate goal setting guide to help you live with intention and become the best version of yourself. This is be beginning of creating your best life. The beginning of living your dreams. Click through to download the 35+ page goal setting guide. Set yourself up for success! #goals #personaldevelopment #bestlife #selfcare #selflove

Welcome to the second edition of Create Your Best Life, the ultimate goal setting guide to help you live with intention and become the best version of yourself.

This is my favorite post of the entire year! I get the impression that many feel the same. The release of my first goal setting guide actually crashed my site.

I love the energy of making changes, learning and personal growth.

After years of successfully setting annual goals and intentions, from running 13 half marathons in one year, becoming certified a personal trainer and a yoga instructor and many things in between,  I’ve compiled a system with tools, tips, forms and motivation to help you do the same.

As you scroll through this guide it may feel a little overwhelming, at first. You can overcome the overwhelm!

I’m in the process of going through the guide to set my goals for the new year. There’s so so much I want to experience, do and learn!

Let’s get started.

Set aside small amounts of time over the course of a week or 2 to read, absorb and ponder the process and information. Going through the process will help overcome the overwhelm by helping you plan so you’re not trying to accomplish everything all at once. The time spent will be worth it!

If you’re having a hard time coming up with goals or having too many, check out the tips to brainstorm your goals:

  • set aside 5-10 minutes to simply brainstorm ideas
  • think about the things that are truly important to you
  • narrow down to a specific area of life- family, career, health, charity, money, travel, etc.
  • write down anything and everything that comes to mind- nothing is too big or too small (you can narrow down the list later)

Don’t just go through the motions of day-to-day life.

You can achieve personal fulfillment and growth by giving your actions and energy purpose and direction. Setting goals provides focus and helps shape our dreams into reality.  Goals give us the ability to live life with intention and to hone in on the actions we need to perform to achieve what we desire in life.

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CREATING GOALS | Live with intention! If you’ve been thinking about setting goals then you’re going to love this. Download the second edition of Create Your Best Life, the ultimate goal setting guide to help you live with intention and become the best version of yourself. This is be beginning of creating your best life. The beginning of living your dreams. Click through to download the 35+ page goal setting guide. Set yourself up for success! #goals #personaldevelopment #bestlife #selfcare #selflove

Setting personal goals can be one of the most life-changing, challenging things you do. In the process of setting your goals you not only learn about yourself, but also discover your priorities and what you truly want out of life. Priorities and desire then become a guide for your actions.

6 Tips To Align Your Actions with Your Priorities

  1. Be aware of how you currently spend your time
  2. Identify the non-negotiables. The things that simply HAVE to be done.
  3. Make a short list of 2-3 actions-for-the-day every morning.
  4. Do something relevant to your goal every day.
  5. Keep time open for non-goal related activities.
  6. Journal your progress at the end of the day.

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CREATING GOALS | Live with intention! If you’ve been thinking about setting goals then you’re going to love this. Download the second edition of Create Your Best Life, the ultimate goal setting guide to help you live with intention and become the best version of yourself. This is be beginning of creating your best life. The beginning of living your dreams. Click through to download the 35+ page goal setting guide. Set yourself up for success! #goals #personaldevelopment #bestlife #selfcare #selflove

There are actually neurological reasons for why setting goals is hard. An awareness and understanding why goals can be challenging can help you succeed at whatever you want to do.

BENEFITS OF SETTING GOALS

Some of the benefits of goal setting include:

  • Goals direct your attention and efforts.
  • Goals help you idenitify what is within your control and how you will overcome obstacles.
  • Goals are empowering.
  • There is a satisfaction in the process and the accomplishments.
  • Setting goals can increase self-confidence.
  • Setting goals keeps you focused on what is most important.
  • Goals increase motivation.

Ask your self what you really want. What are your priorities? What is it that you are looking for? What do you want to achieve?

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CREATING GOALS | Live with intention! If you’ve been thinking about setting goals then you’re going to love this. Download the second edition of Create Your Best Life, the ultimate goal setting guide to help you live with intention and become the best version of yourself. This is be beginning of creating your best life. The beginning of living your dreams. Click through to download the 35+ page goal setting guide. Set yourself up for success! #goals #personaldevelopment #bestlife #selfcare #selflove

SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS

There is a huge power in writing your goals down even if you never develop an action plan or do anything else (not recommended). Henriette Anne Klauser documents this in her fascinating book, Write It Down and Make It Happen. When you write something down, you are stating your intention and setting things in motion.

You need to be clear about your goals and what you want to accomplish. And remember, the goals need to be S.M.A.R.T. Goal-settng is one of the best ways to stay motivated and on track. If you have a clear purpose and know your WHY, you’re more likely to persevere.

SETTING S.M.A.R.T. GOALS

SPECIFIC What exactly do you want to achieve in as much detail as possible. Goals should contain a detailed description of what is to be accomplished; when it is to be accomplished and the actions that will be taken to accomplish it. A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal.

MEASURABLE How you will know when you’ve achieved your goal. Make it quanitifable. Assign a number to it. Keeping track of progress gives you incentive to keep going.

ATTAINABLE The right mix of goals that are challenging, but not too extreme.

REALISTIC An objective toward which you are willing and able to work. A goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished.

TIMELY Have a specific date of completion. The date should be realistic but not too distant in the future. When we set a timeline our goal becomes a priority and we maintain focus.

I know, we’ve all been there, goals set and never achieved, right? That doesn’t mean we should stop trying.

As you’re dreaming big and planning goals to live those dreams keep this in mind, the point of setting intentional goals isn’t to plan your entire life. The goals are a guide to help you find your priorities and purpose and live your best life.

Accountability is key to accomplishing your goals and helps to stay motivated. Accountability is when you take responsibility for your actions. When you “own” them and it’s key to improving your health and wellness.

Life happens, priorities change and interests change. Goals aren’t set in stone. You can always change your goals or change the path to achieving your goals.

THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE. THE BEGINNING OF LIVING YOUR DREAMS!

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CREATING GOALS | Live with intention! If you’ve been thinking about setting goals then you’re going to love this. Download the second edition of Create Your Best Life, the ultimate goal setting guide to help you live with intention and become the best version of yourself. This is be beginning of creating your best life. The beginning of living your dreams. Click through to download the 35+ page goal setting guide. Set yourself up for success! #goals #personaldevelopment #bestlife #selfcare #selflove

Takeaways for successful goal setting:

  1. Align your goals with your priorities to make them meaningful and give them value
  2. Write your goals down
  3. Break your goals down into manageable action steps
  4. Goals are not set  in stone, revisit your goals throughout the year and make changes if needed
  5. Celebrate the successes, big and small!

Setting a goal isn’t about the goal itself; it’s about the structure you create to help yourself succeed.

Related posts:

The Benefits of Journaling and How To Start

How To Create a Self Care Plan To Meet Your Needs

Accountability To Help You Reach Your Goals

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Positive Quotes to Inspire Making Positive Change In Your Life

11 TED Talks That Inspire Change

I’m so excited to share this with you!

Let’s chat!

I’d love to know, do you set goals at the beginning of a new year? What are some of the things you want to accomplish, experience or learn about in 2018?

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53 Comments

  1. I cannot wait to download this and print off. as a wife, working mother, manager, full time employee (at home and at work) the need to streamline life and take accountability/control is paramount for 2018. I look forward to printing this off and adopting it!

  2. As a life-long goal-digger, I totally loved and can relate to your post. It’s a topic I can never hear about. Enjoyed your perspective.

  3. Thena Franssen says:

    Good post. I”m not a huge fan of creating goals, but I do know that they serve an important purpose! Good luck in your new year!

  4. You do have to have your structure when it comes to achieving your goals. I have heard of using the smart method when developing goals and it’s an intelligent way to look at them.

  5. We all have to find out what we need and how we will get it. Mostly we look for something which will take long time. So we need to set our goals accordingly to get one step closer to our goals everyday. ?

  6. Lovely quotes in your post, I really like them. I love to review what I have polished so far this give me more power for the future plans 😀

  7. I am so disorganized with my time even though I’m a neat freak and like things organized. If I could figure out how to manage my time better, I think that would be a good start to putting your tips to work for me.

  8. Wow, what an inspiring read! This time of year can feel overwhelming, but it’s important to outline our goals and plans for the new year. I love the advice to schedule your priorities!

  9. This is a great post Jill! Goals are so important in achieving success yet so few of people actually write them down, review them regularly and pursue them!

  10. Great resource. I am always confused when someone asks me to create goals 😛 professionally or in general ( my goals in life :D)
    Thanks for the pointers.

  11. Tonya Tardiff says:

    Couldn’t agree with this more. Goals is a huge part of staying on the right track and being able to guide yourself to where you want to be!

  12. Candy Rachelle says:

    Those are some awesome guide to creating goals this 2018. I will definitely save this for my references. and share this with my daughter who loves to create her goals every year.

  13. This is a great guide to creating goals for 2018. I seriously can’t believe it is already a new year already. I try hard to set goals that I know I can actually achieve and one goal that could possibly be out of reach but with hard work I can achieve it.

  14. I LOVE your SMART goals concept, your post has me getting excited to review last year’s goals and get started on my 2018 goals, thank you for sharing this with us!

  15. Love this post! Also a big fan of these quotes you’ve put in there – I love printable quotes to stick around to inspire.

  16. thank you for this wonderful resource.. i love the stephen covey quote …and the rest of the post as well.. i am seriously trying to work on scheduling my priorities so this will be useful

  17. Love This! Self growth and reflection are so important. I agree taking 5-10 minutes to simply brainstorm ideas is a great idea x

  18. I love these optimistic quotes! Helpful post for setting goals for the new year!

  19. Ashley Weasley says:

    This is such a lovely and encouraging post! Those motivation words are really amazing.

  20. I loved reading this blog post! Thanks so much. Really adore the part about scheduling your priorities and to not priorities your schedule! Great reminder and something to work on next year.

  21. Perfect guide for the New Year! Writing down your goals into writing helps putting them into perspective much better!

  22. I remember the first time I learnt about SMART goals and it was kind of a lightbulb moment! I really need to sit down and start thinking about my goals for 2018!

  23. Alice Boswell says:

    Really helpful guide. I am in the process writing a goal journal. I hope I can accomplish all my goals next year.

  24. Thanks for sharing the Ultimate Goals Guide! I love setting Goals – but usually, do not take the time to break them down and think them through in detail and this definitely affects my follow-through.

  25. I am always writing things down I want to accomplish. I always remind myself too, give myself a break when I can’t get to all. Very important!

  26. I try to set goals at the beginning of the year and also quarterly. It was a few years ago that I learned about S.M.A.R.T. goals and that really changed the way I looked at goals. I wasn’t consistent about setting goals or seeing them through but now I love it.

  27. I really like what you said about setting SMART goals in the new year. Really think about what goals are needed AND attainable make it more likely I’ll follow through…

  28. Awesome guide! My husband and I plan to sit down one night next week and make our personal, family, and business goals for the year so this will definitely help!

  29. I want to become a successful Christian blogger and start writing a book. Currently, I am working on self-love through therapy. I can’t wait read your goal setting guide.

    1. Good luck to you Teliah. It sounds like you’re on a path of a wonderful journey. I’d love to know how you’re doing with your blog and book.

      Have a beautiful day!

    1. Thank you Priyadarshini. Taking a close look at how we spend our time can be a bit of a surprise.

  30. There are so many good ideas in here. I love the s.m.a.r.t. method. I also love when you said you should do one to two things a day towards your goal. That makes it seem much more doable. Great article!

    1. Thanks Emily. With goal setting it’s easy to become so overwhelmed and then, the temptation to give up hits us. Doable without extreme expectations is key.

      Have a beautiful day!

  31. This is great. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ll be sharing this post with my clients!

  32. This is a great motivational post not just for the new year but in general. It’s all about setting realistic goals for sure!

    1. You’re right Chastity. Combine reality with your dreams to create short term and long term goals all year long. Thanks!

    1. I agree Chrissy. Reflecting and moving forward is like a breath of fresh air.

      Have a beautiful day!

  33. Wow what a great resource. I need to figure out my goals for 2018 and then go after them

    1. Good morning Deborah. I’m sure whatever your goals are for the new year you will crush them.

  34. “Schedule your priorities” LOVE that! thanks for sharing!

    1. Me too Rebecca! So often we do the opposite. Schedule your priorities is one of those “so simple, why didn’t I think of that” moments.

  35. I love this time of year because I get to review my present goals and see what I need to continue to work on. A great time for reflection 🙂

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