How To Set Goals And Crush Them
My new online home is finally here. I’m so proud of the way it’s all coming together. At the start of the year, I wanted to rebrand with a fresh new look because the old blog didn’t really represent who I want to become or the stage of life that I’m in right now. This new website is the next chapter of my blogging career and being able to finally share it with you means a lot to me. For those who have been following my Instagram stories, posts and sticking with me through my hazy phase, thank you so much, I appreciate the love and support.
Last weekend I sat down for the first time ever and wrote down my goals, planned my whole year out and felt like a whole different person—hey there mojo! I felt so much lighter, like the biggest load had been lifted off my chest and there was finally room to breathe, think clearly and get shit done. I know it’s the first day of March and you’re probably thinking, “Don’t people set goals in January?” or “Aren’t you a little late?” Yes, people set goals in January and No, it’s never too late to start. I chose to start in March which is absolutely fine because that’s when I felt mentally ready to get on with building my dreams.
I’m entering this new month with a positive mindset and energy. I went through a rough year in 2018 and it threw me off mentally, physically and emotionally that I would spend days disconnected from the world, the people around me and my close friends and family. So to finally be in this mental state of choosing better for myself each day just makes me so happy and I want to keep it that way.
Setting goals can be hectic and tricky so I thought I’d start with the goals that I’ve always set but never really accomplished, the ones I read about in magazines or books that successful people set and accomplished, and the ones that my favorite bloggers set and accomplished. I believe that in order to be like the people I look up to or I’m inspired by, I have to do what they do/did to get to where they and become a better version of myself.
Theme: “Creating good habits and staying consistent.”
Daily mantra: “I will be consistent in March.”
1. Read four books.
I will read a book a week in March.
That’s right, I’m going to read one book each week and not just for March, it’s going to be every month for the rest of the year. I’ve always wanted to expand my knowledge and really get back into reading more. When I was in secondary school, I read a lot of books mostly novels and I loved it so much because I felt immersed into a whole new world of endless possibilities. I even used to have competitions with my friend Amelia about who could read a 500 page book in a day or in one night, which surprisingly, is very possible!
What happened to me?
I started “adulting” and taking life more seriously which made me lose sight of the fact that I should be living not existing. One of the reasons why it was always hard for me to accomplish this goal is because one, I never curated a reading list with a reason why I was reading each book, I just kind of went with the flow. I’d start the month by picking up a book and going oh yeah, I should read this book because reading a book is on my list of goals for this month so let’s do it and then I’d read like 100 pages only to lose interest or look for something else to read.
That’s why it’s important to set intentions for each goal. This time around, I took the time to pick out the 4 books that I want to read by March 31st and they’re on my work table at home as a constant reminder that I have a goal that I set and I MUST complete it.
Book reading list for March:
1. The life changing magic of tidying up, Marie Kondo
2. A curious mind, Brian Grazer.
3. The Bullet Journal, Ryder C
4. The right to write, Julia Cameron
2. Maintain a consistent morning and night routine
I will maintain a consistent morning and night routine daily.
One of the things that I always admired about other successful people, their consistent daily habits that propel them to have a great and productive day. They always talk about having a morning/evening ritual and how it helps them start their days off better or puts them in the right mindset for the rest of the day and end the day well. With that in mind, I came up with my own morning and nighttime ritual.
How am I going to stay consistent with this goal?
Well, I thought you’d never ask. Honestly, I struggle with being consistent once I start with anything. I start off strong for like a week and then I just crash. The solution, I created my own habit tracker. A habit tracker is a powerful easy to use tool that allows you to track your daily habits. I keep mine in a visible place lest I forget. In it, I added my morning and night ritual which will help me easily keep track of each day when I follow through. I’m a perfectionist and I don’t want to have a day unmarked.
3. Start journaling again.
I will journal for 30 minutes twice a day.
It is said that journaling is good therapy. Before I read more about journaling (how to do it right etc.) I always thought of a journal as a “book of secrets” in which I had to write my deepest darkest secrets and hide it in a place where no one but I could find it, lol. Imagine my shock when I found out that that’s not the case at all – shocker! Now I know better. A journal can be anything you want it to be. It can be your book of secrets, book of thoughts, book of ideas or just a place where you offload your mental stress to feel better – self therapy.
There are days when I go through the day with so many thoughts and ideas that I forget what I even started the day thinking about. This is why keeping a journal is important. There have been times during the day when I have a moment of extreme clarity and a great idea, then just like you, I tell myself I won’t write it down because I’ll remember when the time comes. THE LIE DETECTOR TEST determined that this is the biggest lie I always tell myself. No, I 99% of the time always forget what it was, and I feel so bad because at the time I knew how good it felt to have that idea.
Now, when an idea floats into my mind, I write it down and copy it into my journal. I don’t like having a dirty scratchy journal, so I have a rough notebook and then the one that I make all pretty with a nice handwriting.
4. Practice yoga daily.
I will practice yoga every day.
For those who don’t know, I’m in my third trimester expecting baby no.2 who is a girl and everything aches which makes it hard to work out because I wasn’t doing any physical exercise before I got pregnant. Since my Ob/Gyn recommended light exercise and stretching, my go to was…. drumroll… YOGA!
Simply put, I love yoga. It’s a great way to get rid of muscle tension, sweat and the best part is just having some Me time to breath.
5. Financial goals
Here comes the big one. I will make $3,000 from my virtual assistant and web design business in March.
How will I do this?
I’m going to market myself and network like crazy. It seems like a lot but once I broke it down into daily and weekly bits. It became so much clearer and easier to create a realistic plan that I will follow through on. In 2018, I chose to quit my job in October and take a mental break, rest my pregnant self and care for Odin. I also had HG (Hyperemis Gravidum – severe morning sickness) which affected my performance at work.
By the time I decided to get back into the job search, I was already heavily pregnant, and it didn’t make any sense to work for 3 months only to quit once baby no.2 came. That’s when I thought I’d use the skills and knowledge that I have right now to create a stable source of income for myself and family. I’m an introvert so this goal is scary because I have to get out of my comfort zone in order to achieve it.
I do have a good feeling about it though.
TIPS TO SETTING EASILY ACHIEVABLE GOALS.
Set goals with an intention:
Ask yourself why you are setting a particular goal? Of what benefit is it to you? How will it make your life better? Everyone wants to be financially secure but you must know why you want to be financially secure. Is it to spend more time traveling, or buy a big beautiful house, get that car you’ve always wanted, build a nice home for your parents, get out debt? Whatever it is, you should know the why of each goal you set. This way you know exactly what you’re working towards.
Keep your goals visible
What good is writing down your goals, carefully planning them out and then never looking at them again? Exactly! Put them on your phone lock screen, write them at the start of your monthly planner or put sticky notes (the Mary Jane Paul way) on the mirror of your bathroom, bedroom or work desk. The idea is to keep them in a place where you’re constantly reminded of what you said you’re going to do. In doing this, it’ll be hard to forget. We go through a lot in a day and it’s very easy to lose sight of what we set out to do from the very start.
Keep track of your goals
This is a very important thing to do. When you set a goal, work toward it, and celebrate every milestone reached. On the list of goals, you created, cross it out (my favorite) or check it off. Not only will you feel accomplished and satisfied, it’ll be so much easier to get back on track once you see how far you’ve come which will encourage you to keep on going.
Always review and revise your goals
It is no surprise that life happens and sometimes things don’t work out. That is totally okay! When you find yourself facing a hard time and your goals do not align with where you are in life, you can always revise and tweak them to better fit into your life and where you want to go. We’re allowed to change and sometimes the way we started out the year isn’t the way it’ll end or even the month so be flexible and allow for change.
What goals have you set for March that you’re looking forward to accomplishing? What part of goal setting do you struggle with?
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