By: Danielle McFadden
It’s hard to believe that it’s 2016 already… I have to admit, the novelty of a new year never gets old for me. It provides endless possibilities both personally and professionally (who doesn’t love a clean slate?) I always enjoy looking back at the past year to celebrate any positive changes I’ve made and to take a long hard look at why some of my resolutions and goals fell flat.
January is the perfect time to set aside a few hours to reflect and plan. Get out a notebook or your computer and ‘brain dump.” What were your successes over the past year? What were your shortcomings? What do you hope to accomplish in 2016?
This coming year I’ve decided to get very serious about goal setting so I came up with a to-do list of sorts. And like always, I’m willing to share! (Sharing is caring. 😉 ) Here are my to-dos, AKA tips:
Create a plan that includes a realistic number of goals: Come up with a carefully crafted plan that includes 1-3 longterm goals. These goals can be broken down into smaller mini-goals that will help you achieve your longterm goals in manageable bite-sized pieces.
Be specific: The more specific your goals are, the more likely you will achieve them. For example:
- Broad Goal: To make more money.
- Specific Goal: To make $100,000 in my business from January 1-December 31, 2016.
By being specific you are giving yourself something tangible to work towards and this will help you with many of the other goal setting tips mentioned below.
Be realistic: Set yourself up for success, not failure, by creating goals that are tough, yet obtainable. You want your goals to put a fire under you, but you don’t want to burn yourself in the process.
Give yourself a timeframe: When you write down your goals and come up with your plan, give yourself deadlines. By putting deadlines on your longterm goals or minigoals, you are giving yourself a specific timeframe to work towards. Simply putting by the end of 2016 gives you 365 days to procrastinate and sets you up for failure.
Review your goals regularly: Take out your phone or calendar and schedule a time once a month to review your goals. This will motivate you and make sure you are accountable to your numero uno – YOURSELF
Track your progress: Throughout the year and during your monthly reviews, make sure you track your progress by writing down your accomplishments and setbacks. No one is asking you to be perfect, but that doesn’t mean you can’t strive to achieve the goals you created during the magical transition from 2015 to 2016.
Get others involved: Increase your accountability (and chances of success) by sharing your goals with others. This may mean getting your staff involved, telling your spouse or significant other (ask them to join you during your monthly review) or utilizing your social media following by giving them regular updates (you could even use #2016Goals when posting).
Celebrate your successes: Find something that motivates and excites you and make that your celebratory treat! It could be as simple as a pedicure or night out at the movies. Anything that symbolizes you giving yourself a pat on the back.
Be positive and believe in yourself: If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect others to believe in you? There are so many people that will play a role in helping you achieve your goals this coming year, both directly and indirectly. Stay positive and believe in yourself and others will naturally be drawn to that.
What are your goals for 2016? I’d love to hear them in the comments below or tweet me at @DMcFaddenLowell.