Happy last week of 2020! How is it possible that this year feels like its dragged on and also flown by all at the same time?! As we each wind down from the holidays and get prepared to start a new year I like to think of all the ways to be intentional in my goal planning for the new year.
Reflect and Learn
I often jump right into thinking about a ton of new things I want to accomplish without ever really stopping to reflect on the goals and progress of the previous years. Its important to ask yourself, how did my goals carry me through the year and do they still serve me? Having goals that carry with you through the course of a few years isn’t a bad thing! And trust me I know it can feel overwhelming to think about goals in a “Start from scratch” kind of thing each year. All that matters is that you are learning from your growth and understanding what works and doesn’t work for you.
The Goal Behind the Goal
When I think of my goals, I try to ask myself what am I really trying to achieve? For example – if I want to achieve financial freedom, what I am really trying to say is that I want to pay off my student loans. Breaking down goals and understanding the place in which the goal comes from helps me better understand my strategy to achieve my goal. Ask yourself, does each goal have a “Why”?
Have a Plan of Attack
A goal without some sort of outline for achieving it, its really just a dream. Now I am not saying you need a 35 page dissertation, but without a plan to hold yourself accountable, how will you actually accomplish your goal? Take the student loan example – if I want to pay off my student loans then I need to determine exactly how much money I need to save in order to do so.
Remember goal planning is personal and NOT a one size fits all kinda thing! Take your time, map out your 2021 goals and lets crush this year!