How to create your best year yet (Part 2: Setting goals and slaying them)

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“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”– Karen Lamb

Part 1: How to make 2020 your year (Part 1: Year End Reflection)

Part 1 was all about reflecting on 2019, learning from it, making peace and saying goodbye to things, relationships, habits, and people that no longer align with your future.

If you haven’t gone through part 1, I highly recommend you do so first because otherwise, you’re going to step in 2020 carrying all the baggage you don’t need because you, lovebug, deserve better than that.

It’s now time for the fun part: Setting goals, getting into the right mindset, creating an action plan, and learning hacks you can use to achieve your goals and make 2020 your best year yet!

Setting one big 2020 goal:

We are all guilty of setting numerous goals for ourselves at the beginning of the year. So many that we’re pretty much exhausted by the end of January itself!

We want to eat healthier, workout 5x a week, make more money, travel to new places, read more books, and so much more.

And you know what? You can do it all, lovebug!

Only this time, there’s a different approach. Instead of overwhelming yourself with numerous goals and trying to achieve everything in 12 months, I want you to decide on what you want the most.

When you think of the life you’ve always imagined for yourself, what is the one category that stands out the most? Is it the money? Traveling? New relationships? Fitness? 

That one category is the only goal I want you to focus on this year. If your most prominent goal is to travel more this year, every action you take and every decision you make should be in pursuit of that.

This approach allows you to go all-in on one goal and at the end of 12 months, you’ll be so much more closer to your dream life by achieving one big goal rather than when you pressurize yourself to achieve everything in 12 months.

If you decide to go all-in on traveling, you may have traveled to or visited 5 new countries or places at the end of 12 months. If you had tried to do everything at once, you probably would have visited 1 new place or none and wouldn’t have seen massive results in any area of your life!

So select any one category and make that your only goal for the next 12 months. Sure you can start eating healthier on the side or try new things but the majority of your time and energy should be focused on achieving this one big goal.

Make sure you get specific here about how many places you want to visit so you have something solid to work towards. “Travel to 4 new countries’ is 10x better than ‘Travel more this year”

Create a strong why:

Why do you want to travel more? Or why do you want to make more money? Why do you want to get healthier?

Get really clear on the purpose of your goal. Why are you trying to achieve that goal? Why is it so important for you?

When you come across an obstacle on your way to achieving your goal, your ‘why’ is going to help you keep going. Reminding yourself of why you started in the first place and how important it is for you is what’s going to make sure you don’t quit when the journey gets difficult.

ACTION PLAN

Creating an action plan:

You’re almost half-way through the goal-setting process, buddy! Go you!

It’s now time to create a plan to achieve your goal.

Start by writing down all the things you’d have to do in order to reach your goal. They don’t have to be in order, you just have to get it all out on paper.

If your goal is to travel more, your action plan can include subscribing to travel blogs to gain more information, creating and sticking to a monthly budget to build a travel fund, making meals at home to cut back on expenses of eating outside, follow travel accounts to find amazing deals, move to another apartment with a lesser rent if possible, research less expensive countries that you can travel to and more!

This allows you to move forward towards your goal instead of indulging in confusion about what needs to be done and how.

Break it down into mini-goals:

This will be the difference between you achieving your goal and quitting. I know so many people who set mini-goals but the wrong way.

If your goal was to travel to 4 new countries, don’t let your mini-goals be “Travel to one new country each quarter”.

That seems like the obvious and sensible thing to do but spreading out your goal evenly doesn’t always work.

Maybe you spend your entire first quarter saving money, moving to an apartment with less rent, researching deals, and more and only start traveling in the second quarter.

Instead set monthly goals based on your action plan. Month 1 can be about following travel blogs, creating a budget, finding a roommate/looking for another apartment, finding a side-hustle to make some extra money.

Month 2 can be researching and deciding on the countries you want to visit and when the best time to visit is.

This way you’ll have a specific goal to work towards for each month and you may end up traveling to all 4 countries in your second half of the year as opposed to one per quarter.

This is similar to when someone wants to make $100,000 from their new business in 12 months and decide to do so by evenly spreading it out and making $8333 per month. It is highly unlikely that’s going to be possible in the first few months.

The first month would be setting up the business, the second about getting clients, third about making your first $1000, fourth about doubling it and making $2000 and so on.

So evaluate where you’re now, what all needs to be done, and set measurable mini goals each month to evaluate your progress.

Plan for failures and set accountability:

Things will go wrong and that is inevitable (you know it!).

So why not plan for it in advance!? Think of all the possible obstacles that can come your way and what you can do to fix them.

Maybe your boss can ask you to cancel your leave and travel some other time. Or maybe your car breaks down and that’s an expense. Create a plan for all possible obstacles you can think of.

This way when it comes your way, you already have a plan and the obstacle doesn’t become bigger than it already is.

This is also the time to recognize the power of flexibility. As you work towards your mini-goals, you may have to adjust the mini-goals of the future months to get better results. Be flexible and keep going, lovebug!

And lastly, accountability. How are you going to be accountable for your goal?

What if you get busy with work and forget all about traveling? How are you going to continue making it a priority throughout the year?

You could tell your friends and family the countries you plan on visiting. You could apply for leaves in advance based on the travel dates planned. You could make reservations in advance that are non-cancellable.

This will ensure you’re accountable and working towards your goal rather than getting busy when life gets in the way!

Have fun doing this:

What is the point of any of this if you aren’t experiencing it at it’s best?!

Continue inspiring and motivating yourself as you work towards your goal because the energy you work with makes a huge difference!

If you go about achieving your goal thinking you have to make too many sacrifices or it’s exhausting or difficult, you’re fueling your goal with all these negative emotions.

On the other hand when your goal fuel is excitement, inspiration, giddy-in-my-stomach, motivated, and energetic – that’s when you can not only achieve your goal in time but also have a blast doing so! 🙂

That’s all, lovebug! You’ve got this! 🙂

New year — a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours. – Alex Morritt

Remember, that no matter how impossible and big your goal seems, it isn’t! If anything, it is 100% worth it!

Believe in yourself, stay committed, and have an amazing 2020.

As always, feel free to reach out to me at info@girlmeetstheworld.com with any questions, messages, stories or to just say hi! and I’ll always reply to you personally 🙂

I’m your biggest supporter and I want you to have the most amazing results for yourself. You’re 100% worth it, lovebug 🙂

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