|Kicking ass in 2015? Don't worry...you got this.|
The end of another year.
When we're not consumed by the constant busyness that comes with the holidays, we're thinking about our goals for the New Year. What do we want to accomplish in 2015? How can we make the year count?
How can we actually keep those pesky goals and resolutions?
I recently enrolled in a free mini-course offered by my former life coach, Ashley Wilhite of Your Super Awesome Life. She has some interesting strategies for setting goals and holding yourself accountable.
1) Do a Brain Dump. This sounds kind of gross, but basically, you get out a piece of paper and write down absolutely anything and everything you'd like to accomplish in 2015. This is where you dream big! The sky is the limit. Don't worry if some of things you write down are impossible or far-fetched. Try not to censor yourself.
2) Pick Your Top Ten. Once you've exhausted every possible idea for the New Year, take a hard look at your list. If you could only pick ten things, what would they be? Write those ten things down in a list. I ranked mine in order of importance, but you don't have to. My Top Ten list includes writing three more novels, marketing myself more aggressively, and taking the green prajioud test at my muay thai dojo. No woman at my gym has ever taken this test, and only two men have. It's something I've wanted to accomplish for a long time.
3) Develop Action Steps. Now that you have your ten goals for 2015, what do you need to do to achieve them? Write down all of your action steps. For instance, to pass the green prajioud, I need to stick to an ambitious training schedule, get more sleep, follow a healthy diet, and make time for therapeutic massages on a regular basis.
4) Schedule Your Action Steps. Ashley insists this process is the key to keeping your goals, and it's one I haven't stuck with consistently before. Get a calendar or day planner with plenty of room. Mark down all of the dates you already know are taken--birthday celebrations, vacations, etc. With what's left, schedule your action steps into the calendar. If you want to write a novel, decide now what days you'll write and for how long. Pencil it in, or use pen if you're bold. Ashley suggests scheduling six months at a time.
5) Evaluate Your Success. Pick a day--it could be the last day of each month, the end of every week, whatever you want--as long as it's consistent. Spend an hour or two evaluating your progress. How are you doing? What's working and what isn't? I already know my goals are super ambitious, so this evaluation process will help me prioritize when something has to get crossed off the list, and I'll be able to flag any tendency to self-sabotage before it becomes a huge problem. This is something I've never tried before, and I'm excited to see how it will work. Corporations hold quarterly check-in meetings...why can't you?
6) Celebrate! When you make awesome progress or hit a milestone, reward yourself! Don't just go on to the next thing. Take the time to celebrate. I still haven't come up with my incentives yet. I don't want to spend a bunch of money or reward myself with food, because those things don't align with my "save money" and "treat myself better" goals. I'm going to have to get creative!
What would you like to accomplish in 2015? I'd love to hear about your goals.
Any idea how I could reward myself without using money or food?
If you'd like more help hitting your goals and accomplishing amazing things, consider signing up for Ashley's four-month DreamQuest program. There are still a few spaces available!
P.S. If you liked this post, you'll also enjoy Secrets of Success Part I and 2.