Happy New Year (almost)!

January 1st in almost here! It’s a day for many of us to plan our goals for the upcoming New Year!untitled-design-18

I just LOVE New Years Goals!

Of course, as a life coach, I create goals and plans all year long, however; I love the FEEL of excitement in January.

Unfortunately, many times this excitement is dampened by previous unsuccessful attempts at our goals. Or at nay-sayers who mock us (let’s ignore them).

  • I really want to fit into my jeans again!
  • I want to find out what makes me happy.
  • How can I finally achieve this weight loss?
  • I wonder if I will ever have more energy for the things I love?

Successful New Years Goals Process

This process is explained in more detail in my book Discover & Do: 90-Day Wellness Planner. I created it for my Total Health Transformation: 90-Day Intensive Program but you can get it without signing up for the program. It has 90 days of space to document your success! If you don’t have one, you can use your regular scheduling method!

Every successful New Years Goal needs to be carefully considered and strategically created. Many people do not succeed at their goals because they only write down their wishes on paper. Let’s take the time to create a successful goal for you!

What would you like to achieve in the next 90-Days?

Write down your new years goal. It is important that you follow a very simple structure when you create your goal. You need to make sure that your goal is S-M-A-R-T:

SPECIFIC
To be effective, your goal must be clear and unambiguous. Make sure your goal includes specific actions, behaviors or results to be considered successfully met.

MEASURABLE
How will you know when you have reached your goal? A solid goal needs to be tracked to determine your progress. You can figure out a way to measure your goal by asking “What data would I have to look at to determine if my goal has been met?”

ATTAINABLE
An attainable goal is an honest goal that honors your abilities and struggles. It is important to choose a goal that will challenge you, but is not so difficult that you become frustrated and lose your motivation.

RELAVENT
Make sure your goal is something that really matters to YOU and your continued personal growth. Don’t work for the next 90-days on a goal that someone else believes you need to work on. What is important to YOU? If you boyfriend thinks you need to lose 20#, maybe your goal isn’t weight loss! Maybe you have a happiness goal you would like to work on.

TIMELY
Goals with a deadline are more concrete than flexible goals with no end date. By creating monthly, weekly, and daily objectives, we can celebrate accomplishments throughout the timeline! I choose to work on my New Years goals in 90-Day chunks. That way, they are less overwhelming. Of course, I always have the BIG PICTURE in my plan!

90-day-planner-300pxh-01Wait! You’re not done yet!

  • Break your SMART goal into thirds. This will be your objective for each MONTH in the next 90-days. Make sure each part follows the SMART guidelines.
  • Now break down your monthly goals into weekly segments! This will give you a weekly objective for each WEEK.

I don’t know about you, but I find weekly goals much less intimidating than monthly goals!

The organization of your goal is a very exciting step! We begin to fill your Discover & Do planner or your personal calendar with the monthly goal and weekly segments. Don’t skip this step! You’re almost done!

First, write down the monthly OBJECTIVES at the top of each month. Then, write down the weekly SEGMENTS on the corresponding week!

Follow me on Facebook for a reminder on Monday morning to break down your weekly segments into daily chunks.

I understand how overwhelming goal planning can be. In my life coaching practice, I help clients create masterful goals and provide accountability and support.

Let me know if you would like to schedule a time to talk to me 1:1 about YOUR goals!

WAIT!  Before you go….
What GOALS do YOU have for the New Year?