Every year, we create a goal setting planner so you can record what you wish to achieve, personally and professionally. When it comes to setting goals, I like to dream big and have fun. Keep reading to learn how I identify my top goals to focus on, how to achieve them without burning out, and my favourite way to manifest what I want. Make sure you grab your free copy of our 2023 goal setting planner so you can do the same!
Using A Goal Setting Planner Is A Power Move
“Where focus goes, energy flows.” — Tony Robbins
Writing your goals is an empowering and inspirational act. It’s also practical and based in science. A lot of research has been done on the power of goal setting. It has been shown that you are more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down. You are also 70% more likely to reach them if you share them with a friend.
Make plans for keeping yourself accountable in addition to filling in your planner. Some ideas are keeping a weekly journal, texting a friend, or even keeping Post-it notes where you can be sure to see them.
Be Specific With Your Goals
When it comes to setting personal and professional goals, be as specific as possible. Getting detailed on the nitty-gritty makes your dream feel more real and attainable.
For example, if one of your goals is to spend more time with family and friends, what does that look like? Is it having a sit-down dinner every Sunday at your place? Meeting up for a walk? Setting up a time for video chat once a month?
Make It Sustainable
“Don’t justify your dreams. Execute on them.” — Gary Vaynerchuk
Setting goals is one thing, but how do you maintain them in a sustainable way so you don’t forget about them or give up? Here is how I like to tackle my goals so I don’t feel overwhelmed.
Break Your Big Goals Into Actionable Steps
The best way to make any goal achievable and less daunting is to break your big goals down into actionable steps. Small steps, when accomplished, add up to you achieving your goals. Once you have your steps outlined, it’s easier to see what needs to be done. Remember to set a deadline for when they need to be completed.
Here is how it looks when you break a goal into actionable tasks:
Goal: set up a website for your freelancing business
Actionable tasks: choose a business name, buy the URL, write site copy, find or create images, set up a business email account
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Set A Timeline
You cannot set goals and hope to achieve them without having a timeline to work towards. When deciding on dates, remember to take into account your responsibilities, family, health, and other life events. Setting realistic deadlines helps you manage your tasks, and weekly and monthly goals. You don’t want to be unrealistic with your deadlines, not meet them, and then feel disappointed because you didn’t achieve it.
For example, if you want to create a website for your editorial business, set a date you want to have it live. Writing down “create a website this year” is too vague and lacks commitment. Set a specific date that you would like the goal to be achieved by.
Things Can Change!
Goals and timelines are not set in stone. Sometimes things happen that make us reevaluate our goals. Or perhaps you discover that what you wanted has changed and the goal is no longer desirable for you. There’s power in knowing what is best aligned for you and changing your goals. Don’t waste time pursuing something that no longer suits you.
Remember that ultimately, it’s not about the result, it’s about the process of working to achieve them that is the most powerful action, more than achieving the actual goal itself. It is all about how you will change, and the person you will become.
Celebrate Your Wins
Every time you check something off your task list, celebrate! Feeling the satisfaction of having achieved something, no matter how “big” or “small” builds your confidence and makes the process fun. Do something to mark every win, like treating yourself to a latte or buying a new book.
Grab Our 2023 Goal Setting Planner
Our goal setting planner is a mix of fun and practicality. Planning and dreaming go hand in hand, in my opinion, so we’ve created a planner that allows you to do both.
There is space to write your top 10 goals you’d like to achieve this year. From those 10 goals, we ask you to identify your top three goals. Those are what you can focus on this quarter. There are pages for you to break down your top three goals into smaller tasks. And finally, there is room for you to dream. And by dreaming, we mean scripting.
What Is Scripting?
What is scripting and why is it part of our goal setting planner? We actually include it in every planner we’ve made. I love it, and it’s a fun way to write goals because it allows you to picture your life as if your goals have already happened.
Scripting is writing down, in detail, your ideal life in story form. It is a written visualization exercise that helps you manifest whatever it is you desire. Research has shown that vividly describing your goals makes you 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to achieve them.
Imagine you are writing your life story and all of the goals you set for yourself have been reached. What does your life look like? What are you like as a person? How do you feel? What do you do differently?
Some people write their ideal life (scripting) in present tense, but I prefer to write it in past tense. You can do whatever suits you best. The idea behind scripting is that what your mind sees and reads, it processes as true. This is based on research done on visualization.
It has been shown that the subconscious mind is responsible for your motivation, drive, and emotions, and it can’t tell the difference between reality and wishful thinking. This is based in science, and has been the foundation for excellence training for athletes, entrepreneurs, and leaders. Athletes and entrepreneurs visualize making the goal or securing funding before the events have even happened.
Scripting can also be done whenever you wish, even on a daily basis as part of your routine.
Try scripting in the pages we provided in the planner and see how it makes you feel. You might walk away inspired and energized to get going!
Goal setting doesn’t have to be a big list of mighty tasks that seem daunting. The key to sticking to your goals is to break them down into small tasks. Celebrate everything you do because it motivates you to keep going. Grab our free goal setting planner, and have fun dreaming!