The New Year is just around the corner and I can't believe it, I mean where did 2019 go. I reached many of the goals I set for myself, and didn't reach others. Isn't that how it usually goes? We head into a new year with wildly ambitious goals and then life happens, but what if you didn't let life get in the way this year from truly achieving what YOU want.
The YOU part is what you have to keep in mind. So often we set goals that we think we should be setting based on what others are doing or what we think we should be doing, and not actually setting goals that will make us happy. So make sure when you sit down this year focus on what you really want, and not what you think you should be setting as a goal.
The other part of goal setting is being flexible and realizing that what we want changes as we change. So what your goals were five years ago and what you thought you wanted your life to look like, is probably completely different than what it is now, or maybe it isn't and you have been keeping the course. Either way this is your journey and you should be the one to follow that path that you want. It is never too late to change directions, believe me.
2019 was a big year for me. I turned 40, I moved, and I made a big decision that has changed the direction of my life. I decided to go back to school to get my law degree. Being an attorney is something I have always wanted to do, but was scared of failing. I always said someday, and last year I decided someday was now.
Was making this decision scary? Heck YES!
Was there a lot of work to make it happen? Heck YES!
Will there be sacrifices I have to make to be successful? Heck YES!
Will it be hard? Heck YES!
Will it be worth it? Heck YES! (at least I hope so...LOL...I only just finished my first semester)
The thing is, none of this would have been possible without setting the goal and taking action towards reaching it. And it doesn't matter what the goal is...big or small, personal or professional...there are steps that have to be taken to get to the finish line.
I created a system for setting goals so that it was more manageable for me to reach the goals I wanted. This system allowed me to check in on my progress which made me reflect on the goal and if it was something I still wanted to achieve.
So here is my D.R.E.A.M. B.I.G. goal setting technique to ensure those goals you want to achieve become reality.
The thing to remember is that reaching your big dreams and goals is ABSOLUTELY possible, but it takes focused action on your part. Write them down, plan them out, and don’t let fear or inaction stand in your way.
Dream Big and setup 2020 as the year that you reach the goals you want to achieve!
One of the other goals I set for myself in 2019 was creating an online course for small business owners or people who were wanting to start their own small business. There is a whole course dedicated to goal setting, check it out here. I also created a great FREE Worksheet for small business owners to do a business review, and now is a great time to do it, get it here.