A goal is the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something.
While having a list of resolutions for the New Year is popular among people, it is not the same as making a list of goals. Why? Because goals are tangible; they are the things you want to accomplish in life because it is your passion and excites you. According to the New York Times, bestselling author and blogger, Ruth Soukup, when setting your goals it is essential to ‘Think Big,‘ and identify the things that are most important, such as a big dream you have been too scared to do. Because the dreams you fear most to achieve, are the ones to aim– the hard part is taking action and being consistent.
I took Ruth’s advice, sat down for one hour and listed my big dreams. I imagined how my life would be like in ten years. I thought about my passion; it has always been writing. That explains the reason I wrote many stories as a kid; why I loved my creative writing class in middle school; the reason I majored in English Literature in college. What has held me back is having fear and being insecure. Over the past year, I’ve developed a frame of thought; fear is for people who are afraid to fail. With that in mind, there is nothing that is going to stop me from publishing many novels and becoming a New York Times bestselling author.
Now that I have a clear vision of my dream, I have set tangible goals that I will gradually achieve in 2019. The goals I set for myself are broken down so that I can accomplish them, not overwhelm myself and give up. I am taking necessary steps no matter how long it takes because success takes a lot of time, a lot of effort and consistency.
A new year is about to begin; you can break down your big dreams into realistic goals you can achieve this upcoming year. Below are a few suggestions for creating your list of goals and sticking to it.
Take Ruth Soukup’s advice — ‘Think BIG.’
There is nothing wrong with dreaming big and doing all you can to make them come true. Dreams are what motivates people to succeed and become a better version of themselves. I recommend reading Ruth’s blog, “The Magic of Thinking Big.”
Write Your Big Dreams and Goals on Paper.
Handwriting your dreams and goals makes it real and personal. It also helps you remember what you are aiming so you can break down your big goals into Small and Smart Goals.
Make Small and Smart Monthly Goals.
I learned the hard way that to accomplish big goals; you have to break it down into realistic and measurable goals that are small and smart to prevent from burning out. For example:
*Realistic goal: 300 – 500 words a day; Measurable goal: completing three to four chapters a month.
I haven’t tried the planner but will be beginning January 1st. I searched many planners and found the Living Well Planner the best one by far and know that it will do more than help organize my upcoming busy year of blogging/writing and juggling a full-time job. Four reasons I choose Living Well Planner:
- It is an All-in-one resource.
- Designed to help you take back your time, and to allow you to focus on your long-term goals while still navigating the daily, weekly, and monthly responsibilities.
- Helps establish a monthly cash flow budget so that you can tell where your money is going.
- Section for planning meals and shopping list, right on the same page as the weekly schedule so that you can see your whole week at a glance.
Anytime you fulfill one of your small and smart goals, reward yourself. Think about something you really want to do or buy and do it when you accomplish a goal. For example, after writing in my Five Minute Journal for three months, I bought myself pearl earrings from my favorite antique-vintage shop, Pippin.
Failure is OKAY!
Failure is part of life; however, don’t give up. Understand that setbacks are purposely manifested to learn from them and grow in wisdom.
If necessary, Change Your Goals Throughout The Year.
Do not feel ashamed for deciding to change your goals (dreams) in the middle of the year. I sure did many times. It is normal. The important thing is that you are making the necessary adjustments to make your dreams come true.
Take Your Time – Be Patient.
Not only have patience with reaching your goals, be patient with yourself. It takes a long time to achieve success. No one has ever succeeded overnight. It takes years of mistakes, practice, and self-evolving.
By practicing gratitude daily, you become more aware of what your goals are and appreciate all of the efforts you’ve put into making your dreams come true. Two gratitude journals I highly recommend:
The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day – great for gratitude and accountability.
Start Today Journal by Rachel Hollis- best for motivation and setting goals.
Loving yourself is an essential guideline because it is not possible to build confidence if you do not love yourself. Love yourself by doing things that positively benefits you and makes you better.
One of my favorite things to say is, life is how you make it; it begins with you. Success comes from your efforts; not from luck. The secret is, Dreaming Big, Setting Goals, Taking Action, and never giving up.
What goals are you setting for 2019?
Since my goal is to be a New York Times bestselling author, My top three goals for 2019 are:
- Write a novel.
- Teach myself how to grow my blog’s SEO on Google.
- Learn and gradually build a social media Platform.