Setting goals is a way of life. When you’re younger you say you want to learn all of your times tables by the end of the year, or how to spell a big word. As you get older your goals get bigger and bigger and by the time you reach adulthood – it’s easy to set your mind to goals that may be unattainable.
I find the “New Year New Me” Facebook status’ as irritating as the next person, but at the same time, I feel that working towards something is a positive thing, as long as it’s done in a healthy way.
Here are some tips for setting and achieving goals for 2018 and beyond:
1. Make Sure That You’re Setting the Goal for Yourself
This may sound straightforward but I want to you think about this for a moment. Have you ever set a goal for yourself, because you feel that you should? Maybe someone has pressured you to change something about yourself to make them happy, even if it’s not what you want.
If the goal you’re setting is something that you want to achieve for yourself, and not for someone else’s benefit, you’re far more likely to be motivated to succeed.
2. Be Realistic
Make sure that the goal you set is genuinely achievable. If you set the bar too high, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment, frustration and a dent to your ego.
3. Take Inspiration from Others
Do some research, ask around. Find someone who has already been there and achieved their goals. Everyone’s circumstances are different but you may be able to learn some great tips to help you on your way.
4. Stay Committed
Chances are, the goals that you set yourself won’t be overnight changes. They will take time, energy and hard work. If you set out to achieve a goal halfheartedly, you may as well just give up at the first hurdle. If you’re like me and tend to always visualize the worst case scenario, you’re going to have hundreds of opportunities to talk yourself out of your goals. Do what you can to block out those negative thoughts. The only thing standing between you and success is yourself.
Stay focused and the results will be worth it, I promise.
5. Make Your Goals Public
As we come to the end of 2017. I’ve decided to set myself some (hopefully) realistic goals for the year ahead. At this time next year – I’ll re-visit the list and see how many I managed to do! I’m fully accountable to my readers – so you can absolutely give me a hard time if I don’t reach them all. I’m using you folks as my motivation to stick to my goals.
Work with More Brands
I already have some great affiliate posts coming up in the New Year but I always welcome the opportunity to work with new brands.
Collaborate with another blogger
If you’re interested, just drop me a line!
Grow My Social Media Following
My social media following has grown so much already since I started blogging. I passed 1000 followers on Twitter this month already and I hope to keep growing it in 2018. I also hope to reach at least 1000 on Instagram next year. I started a Facebook page for this blog just before Christmas and I would like to reach at least 500 likes there too!
Start Up a Mailing List
I’ve already started to get the ball rolling with this one. I really should’ve had one from the beginning but as I work so much in my full time job, I’ve had to prioritise other things!
General Life Goals
I’m hoping to move in with Amy by mid-2018. This is pretty much a guarantee at this stage but I thought I’d put it in my list anyway because I’m so excited.
Learn a New Skill
This year it was HTML and SEO. SEO is constantly changing so I will be keeping up with that in 2018 but I’d also like to learn how to take better photographs. Watch this space!
Gain a Qualification
I’d like to do a course in Digital Marketing or Social Media, something that I can link in with my blog!
Read More Books
I have quite a few books sitting on my shelf that I haven’t got round to reading yet. Since I started blogging, I’ve had less time for reading as all my spare time is spent writing and promoting my posts. I’m going to set myself a specific goal of reading 10 books and if I read more than that, what a bonus!
See More Live Music
Usually at this time of year I have more concerts and shows planned but at the moment I just have one set of tickets to see the Wombats in March.
Stop Spending Money on Things I Don’t Really Need
I think we’re all guilty of this from time to time. There are plenty of things I want to save for in the next year so I’m using them as motivation to think twice before splashing the cash!
If you’re setting goals/New Years resolutions for 2018, I’d love to hear about them. Please leave me a comment below or send me a message on any of my social media channels!
I’d also really like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has read and supported my blog so far. The amount of support and encouragement I have received has been unbelievable and I have a lot of great plans ahead for 2018.
Wishing you all a happy new year and I will see you in 2018! x