Reflecting on the year and goal setting for the next year is one of my favourite things to do. Every year I schedule time in my diary for this ritual, and I make it a non-negotiable sacred day for me and my business.
You see, I’m a great believer that to move forward in a clear and purposeful way you need to have written goals and a plan for achieving them. I also believe it’s important to reflect and recognise and appreciate the journey you’ve been on.
For many 2020 may have looked like a year that was best forgotten! But remember, whether things were good or bad, there is always something for you to learn from every experience.
Reflecting on 2020
Even given COVID and extended periods of lockdown, it still felt like last year really flew by! Was it the same for you?
I personally experienced 2020 as a year of introspection and reassessment of what’s really important in my life. I spent time clearing and cleansing internally and externally and letting go of everything that no longer served a meaningful purpose for me.
One of my biggest realisations from the year was recognising how little I really need and how simply I can live life, and the sense of joy and connection that gives me.
I’m deeply grateful that through it all my business and my life thrived, and it was the same for many of my clients too. They allowed themselves to get creative and think outside the box at ways they could do business and life differently. I was so inspired by the resilience they showed and what’s possible when you adopt a ‘can do’ attitude.
So, are you ready to make 2021 the year that you go all in with a ‘can do’ attitude as well?
You are – perfect! Then let’s get you started with…
My top 10 goal setting tips
We all digest information in different ways, so not only do you have my top 10 tips in written format (see below) but I’ve also recorded this short video so you have a visual/audio version to enjoy as well.
Tip 1: Reflect
Open up your 2020 goal book or planner and look back to the beginning of the year. What goals did you set yourself and how many have you achieved?
Tip 2: Decide what you want
What goals didn’t you quite achieve, and do you still want to achieve them? Take some time to sit in a quiet room, shut your eyes & begin to visualise the things you want to make happen, and remember to…
Tip 3: Dream big
Dream bigger than you’ve ever dreamt before! Allow yourself to let go of any limitations and let your imagination go wild. Think about all the amazing things you can make happen in 2021.
Tip 4: Get specific
Get super clear & specific on these dreams and start to write notes on which ones you want to make happen. Scribble everything down in a notebook and flesh out your ideas. This is the time to be detailed and really specific about the steps you’ll need to take to reach your goals.
Tip 5: Set deadlines
Once you have your goals and steps written down, start to plan them into your year. What can you make happen and when? Start to set deadlines for them all, what are your 30-day / 60-day / 90-day goals?
Tip 6: What support do you need?
Chances are you’ll need to learn something new or want/need some support along the way. Take some time to figure out WHAT or WHO can help you achieve your goals in the time frame you’ve set. It might be books, people, apps, groups, etc… there are so many possibilities!
Tip 7: Take action
You can have the most exciting, well planned out goals in the world, but if you don’t take action they’ll never happen! So, do something EVERY SINGLE DAY, big or small, to get you closer to your goals. Send that email, reach out to that expert, write to that newspaper – whatever it is DO IT!
Tip 8: Make yourself accountable
Accountability is a great motivational tool and can really help you get past any procrastinating tendencies. Let people know what you’re doing so you’re accountable. Tell family, friends, write it on a big goal board on your wall, do a video on your social media. Whatever it takes to keep you going!
Tip 9: Make your achievements feel special
Now for the really fun part! Decide how you’re going to celebrate once you achieve the goals you’re setting. What will you do and with whom?
It’s SO important (and motivating!) to celebrate all of your wins, big or small, yet this is something that’s often overlooked. A really fun idea is to design yourself a rewards and celebrations chart. Each small step achieved in your goal has a small reward, and once you achieve the whole goal you have a bigger reward and celebration.
Tip 10: Don’t let anything hold you back
My final tip is this – be BOLD and take CHANCES! What would you do if failure didn’t exist? You only get one shot at this life, so give it all you’ve got and make it a good one!
If you’ve never given yourself the gift of reflecting and writing down goals before, click here to download the special worksheet I’ve created for you and make this the year you start – it really is a game changer!
And, if one of your goals for this year is sorting your finances out once and for all, the first step in the process needs to be clearing your money blocks. Take my Money Quiz to help you understand where and why these blocks exist, and then book yourself in for a FREE call with me so we can create some goals for clearing them.
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