With the New Year just around the corner, it has me reflecting on this past year. I’ve never been big on setting a New Year’s resolution. For 2017, I really just wanted to focus on a specific word that I wanted to stick with me throughout the year. The word I chose to focus on was joy. I had so much to be joyful about in 2017 and I didn’t want to forget that.
For 2018, I want to try something different. I think that I still want to maintain a word to focus on throughout the year. And my word for this year is intention. I want to be intentional in everything I do. It doesn’t matter if it is in my parenting, my marriage, my faith, my friendships, my home, my decisions, even my blogging. I want to be intentional and have a purpose for everything. I really think this will help me to be more disciplined in my daily decisions.
But I also want to set a couple of goals for 2018 as well. So this got me thinking, do I just want to set goals? Or do I want to set goals and actually reach them? The latter, of course! So I came up with a few practicals to keep in mind in order to help me, and hopefully you too, achieve our goals.
Set Attainable Goals
It’s good to dream big, but don’t dream too big. One of my goals for this year is to become more consistent in working on my blog and my branding. And I want to be real about this. It would be amazing to gain 200 new subscribers every month and to be able to blog 3 times a week. But realistically, that ain’t happening!
But something I can do and is attainable is to work on my blog for at least 1 hour 3 nights a week. This can entail growing my Instagram account, figuring out how to make Pinterest work for me, and of course working on writing blog posts.
It’s so important to set goals that you can actually reach because you want to set yourself up for success, not failure. By setting attainable goals, you will be more motivated to work towards your goal because you know you can reach it.
I am a concrete person, so something that helps me in keeping my mind on my goals is writing them down. I love a cute journal like this one or even a planner like this one; to write out my goals. I find that when I write things down, I am more likely to achieve them!
Be Honest with Your Intentions
What is it that you want to achieve from your goals? Why are you spending so much time and energy working towards it? I think that this is so important because you need to know your “why?” before you set a goal. If you don’t have a reason that is going to fuel you to reach your goal, then you aren’t going to be motivated to keep pushing towards it when it gets rough.
When I think about my goal to be more consistent in my blogging, the reason behind it is because I want to grow a successful brand. I want my blog to be a place where mamas can relate and be encouraged by my faith and my story. And my ultimate goal is to be able to blog full time and generate an income from it. Now, this is a lot of work. And if I don’t know why I am doing all of this work, then when I am tired from a long day of taking care of my girls, I am not going to want to work on my blog. I’m going to want to go to sleep!
But if I am clear, open, and honest with my intentions of why I set this goal in the first place; I know I will be more motivated to work harder towards achieving it.
Realize that it takes time
I am not a patient person at all. But patience is so necessary when it comes to goal setting. The whole purpose of setting a goal is that you are working towards something. It is not just going to fall into your lap and it is going to take time to get there. Sometimes it can take days, weeks, months, or even years. And usually the longer it takes to get there, the sweeter it tastes when you finally achieve it.
I can definitely relate to this last tip and it has been something I have struggled with since I have started blogging. Trying to grow a successful blog is HARD! I never knew how much work went into it and I never knew how time consuming it was just to get a blog post up!
But you know what, I know that with time all of my hard work will pay off. Because it already has started to pay off! I’ve seen my traffic increase drastically over the past couple of months that I have been using Pinterest and I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback from readers. Some companies have even started to reach out to me to do collaborations and guest blog posts. It is nice to see some of that hard work pay off. But I still need to keep in mind that my blog is not going to grow overnight, it takes time for all of these things to happen but if I keep at it, they will!
I hope these 3 simple practicals for goal setting can give you some ideas on how to set and achieve your goals going into 2018. What are some goals you have already set? How do you plan on reaching them? I’d love to hear your feedback!