Years ago, after attending many sales meetings and personal growth seminars, I came to the earth-shattering revelation that New Year’s Resolutions were just a list of things I would break within 30 days or less. They are for the most part a complete joke because we set resolutions that will make life very difficult and almost impossible to achieve most of the time. We are going to explore how to make personal/work goals for 2018 and how it changed my life and thinking about New Year’s Goals.
In 1998, I made my first goal list on New Year’s Eve instead of Resolutions. The goal list consists of 10 things that should be half personal and other half is work-related. For both personal and work make short-term goals (accomplish in 3-6 weeks), medium-term goals (accomplish in 6-8 months) and long-term goals (accomplished in 1-2 years). Each year on New Year’s Eve you review the year to see what you accomplished of your goals. Those goals that you did not reach should be reassessed to see if you still want to reach them or if you are in a different place and they need put aside. The goals you want to keep and have not accomplish should be moved to the next year along with new goals.
The list of your 10 goals needs to be posted where you and others that you confide in can see them. By posting your goals you will be reminded to work on the goals to improve your life. I like to write mine on a whiteboard in my office and post them on a sheet of paper on my bathroom & bedroom mirror.
I share this method, I use in my life to accomplish things, I want to with my life so my readers and clients can make their lives better also. I may make it sound easy but I can assure you, I have had some goals on my goal list for year after year before they happened. Back in 1998, I made the goal of getting my BA degree before I was 40. The years started to click off and I didn’t start but when I was 38 I did follow through and started to work on the degree. I graduated from college with my degree in Horticulture at 40.5 years of age in 2005, thanks to my goal list each year. I also like to put fun easy things on my goal list like I will drink coffee each and every day. I can tell you that makes me happy and is accomplished each and every day of the year. My easy goals make it fun for me to set goals while my hard goals make life awesome when I reach them. My goal list also helped me leave an unhappy marriage by keeping me focused on what made me happy and not what was easy. I was able to find me and become an amazing massage therapist as a result of my goals. I also have my kids and husband do this every year. We all enjoy seeing if we reached our goals each year.
New Year’s Eve is around the corner as I start to think of my goals for 2018. Feel free to share your goal list in the comments section. I will also share mine once they are set for January 1st, 2018.