Let’s get this straight. Life doesn’t stop and listen to your goals and your well-thought out plans. I don’t know about you, but I spend hours, maybe even days figuring out what route I’d like to take in my life, and then it ends up smacking me in the face. But, that doesn’t mean I, and you shouldn’t go after our dreams. I mean, that is, if it’s actually your dream. I’m not talking about a product of your parent’s desires, or what your culture expects of you. I’m talking about something that comes from within you. I believe if it’s something that comes from within you, the universe will listen to your desire (maybe not your plan, but your desire). Either way, I know we like to have the illusion of control, and if life does or doesn’t listen, it’s nice to have a sense of direction. So, enough with my ramble, and on to planning for 2018!
Before you get started, download these worksheets, to fill out each section below.
First, you must know your long-term goals.
If you don’t know your long-term goals, you’re basically moving around in the dark: you won’t know your basic trajectory.
Take a few minutes and create a mind map:
If you haven’t yet, check out Discover your Future Self to find out what kind of life you’d like to live. That will help you fill out the chart below.
Find out what areas in your life that you would like to improve for the next year.
This post has guided exercises that can help you figure that out. You’re going to choose from the life areas: family, friends, significant other, money, career, emotional & mental, spiritual, recreational, diet, fitness, and personal growth. I suggest focusing on 3 main areas. Once you improve those main areas, you can give yourself another area to work with. That way we don’t get overwhelmed and concentrate our full attention to achieving at least those 3.
Within these selected life areas, write a goal that you wish to achieve within the year, and write one goal to bring you closer to a long-term goal.
Make sure to write positive (future-focused), specific goals with a concrete outcome ie. instead of writing “lose weight,” write, “I’d like to weigh ______ lbs, and I want to be able to squat ____ lbs. Or, if you write “read more,” write how much books you would like to read per month. In addition to focusing on those 3 areas of life that you’d like to improve, choose one long term goal to work on, from the mind map that we created above, and include a stepping stone goal for it. Overall you should have 4 goals! For a better understanding of future-focused goals, check out this post.
Second, you need to make a Plan.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Need I say more?
Write an action plan.
This is the how part of your goal. What will you do to achieve your goal? List all the things that you’d like to do to get there. Take the example above.“I’d like to weigh 140 lbs and I want to be able to squat 80 lbs.”
- Train glutes & quads 2x a week & increase weight when training.
- Eat whole foods 80% of my time and increase my vegetable intake to at least 2x a day.
- Drink a gallon of water a day. See a nutritionist
Write a why.
If you don’t have a solid understanding of why you’d like to achieve this goal, you might not ever get around to it. If you don’t care for it, why even do it? Knowing why you want it will give you that drive to accomplish it. If you struggle coming up with the reason you want this goal, you should rethink if you actually want it. Take the example above. “I’d like to weigh 140 lbs and squat 80 lbs, so I can feel confident in my body, to love my physical self more for than just the looks, but what my body can do.”
Write down the steps.
You’re going to now take the action plan and break those down into smaller steps. What do you have to do to complete these tasks? Research? Schedule? List? Take the example above.“Train glutes & quads 2x a week & increase weight when training.”
- set a scheduled routine for when I’d like to train.
- buy a fitness journal.
- bring fitness journal to gym.
- write down how many lbs I lift. increase weight by 2.5 lbs – 5 lbs each new session
Write down the metrics.
How will you measure that you are completing this task? What will keep you accountable? Taking the above example.“Train glutes & quads 2x a week & increase weight when training.”
- fitness journal
- habit tracker for scheduled routine of when you train
- habit tracker of actually using the fitness journal when you trail
Lastly, you’ll want to write down a bucket list.
Our life isn’t simply a checklist. What are things that will enrich your life? They don’t have to be large basic ideas like “travel to Europe,” not that it wouldn’t be a great experience, but if you’re not someone who is interested in traveling, there’s no need to include in your bucket list. They could be simple things like apple picking in the fall, or spending the night under the stars. This isn’t a list that absolutely must be done by the end of the year, but simply are things that will enrich your life. If you want to take a step further, make a vision board on pinterest like mine here.
What are some of your goals for 2018? If you’ve already made a post about this, leave the link below, I’d love to check it out! Lots of love.
For more resources:
- 2018 Planning Guide // Index
- Your Year in Review + Self-Evaluation// 2018 Planner
- Discover + Design your Future Self // 2018 Planner.
- Create your Dream Life into Reality using this 5 Year Planner + Free Printables
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