It’s a new year! And with the new year comes new year resolutions. No matter what your goals are this year, the most important thing to do is come up with a game plan and put it into action. I’ve always found that breaking down your goal into smaller, more manageable tasks make it much more achievable. That is precisely what I did with my big goals for 2017.
Step One: Define the BIG GOAL and think about why you want to achieve it
Knowing exactly why you want to achieve your goal will help give you the motivation to succeed. Bonus points for writing down your whys.
Step Two: Break it down into smaller tasks and how you will complete them
Small tasks are more achievable. With each completed task you’ll feel at least a small sense of accomplishment.
Step Three: Create a tracking system
Seeing your progress will keep you motivated. You’ll be able to see where you stand and what needs to be done to work toward that big goal.
Step Four: Set your plan into motion
You know what to do, now do it! Put your plan into action and achieve success!
Step Five: Reflect and Evaluate
This step will help you with future endeavors. You’ll be able to see what worked for you previously and what you can improve on for next time.
My Big Goal for 2017: Save Money
Step One: I want to save money for a few different reasons. This year I want to focus on a big vacation, so yeah… I need big money for that. Why do I want to go on a big vacation? To spend time with my family and try something new and exciting!
Step Two: I decided to break it down into weeks. I thought of an achievable but challenging number and made that my goal. To me a week is long enough to make money and save it, but short enough to keep me motivated and on par.
In addition to my Etsy shop and selling on eBay, I’ve taken on two other positions to help in my money saving ventures.
Step Three: I’m a visual person so I created a google sheet to track my progress to motivate and keep me honest throughout the year. Nothing fancy, but practical.
Step Four: I’m happy to say I put my plan into action on January 1st! Feeling pretty excited right now!
Step Five: It’s been one week and I’m happy to say I’ve exceeded my goal by 20%! Here’s to working hard and making every week just as successful! I’ll keep you updated throughout the year.
This approach helps me to feel confident in my ability to succeed in making (and hopefully exceeding) my goals for 2017.
What are your goals for this year and how do you plan on tackling them?