10 Goals To Set For 2018
10 Goals To Set For 2018
They say that writing down your goals is the best way to achieve them. Some people believe in this, some may not.
Two or so years ago I had an friend who would always tell me write down what you want. At the time I was misserable in my corporate job, my health was taking a hit and my relationships were getting the worst of it. She would say that the only way to change a pattern is to write a new one.
You can't keep saying you need to leave your job and make enough money if you don't know your worth. And you can't say you want a better body without deciding what those factors are that to you will classify as better and stronger. You have no where to start without a quantifiable measure.
This year I wrote down 10 goals I am setting for 2018. They may not be your goals but they certainly are a great start to get you thinking about what you want to take on. Write it down. You will have decided on a measure you can monitor. The first one is probably something you will want to join me on!
1. Complete the Sweat 12 Week Challenge
And guess what... it's starting this January 15th! The global 2018 Sweat 12wc Challenge is here. I could not be more excited to kick off the year by facing one of my goals straight on. I started BBG once before... years ago! I was never able to complete the challenge because I lacked time, motivation and the fitness skills I now have. I know I am able to cut out certain things for longer periods of time and as I have grown in age and wisdom I have learned the skills of patience and perserverance which are a big part of embarking on lengthy challenges. If you are in Canada let me know as I would love to link up and add you to my BBG support group on FB. Search for The Fit Fatale Challenge where we talk all about how we plan to slay those 12 weeks.
2. Set your 2018 financial salary
Last year I wrote down what I needed to make in the year to feel comfortable being on my own. I achieved that and actually exceeded it. I began writing down monthly goals to really be able to break it down. Being realistic we know that some months are slower than others and that has to be taken into account and not used against you. Take those slower months to take a vacation or mentally prepare for new creative projects when the demand is less. You'll feel okay doing so knowing that those are your planned months with less work. But no matter what that goal is for you, always write down the number.
3. Make a realistic to do list everyday
Everyday I wake up dreaming of all the amazing things that are going to happen. I make a list. To do list.... 1. answer all emails. 2. finish 3 articles. 3. take over the world... sometimes you get ahead of yourself right? For 2018 I am planning to make realistic goals that do not add stress but rather make sense in my day to day life.
4. Set monthly project goals
I often write down projects I want to accomplish but they don't always have a time line linked to them. This year I am going to be focusing on what needs to get done on a monthly basis with my bigger goals in mind. Working backwards from a big goal is a great way to set your months and your weeks. If you don't get to accomplish them all, you know for next month to plan more realistically.
5. Complete a course
I started my health coaching program last year and in the midst of working as well as a big accident, I had a hard time completing it. I love the course and have learned alot but still have a few lectures to tackle. I want that certification and I will have it as I move forward in my career which is very important. Find something that you've always wanted to do and hold yourself accountable to bettering you.
6. Drop body fat
A long time fitness goal of mine has been to step away from the scale and really focus on body fat. I did this last year as I saw the numbers barely move, but muscles build and body fat drop. This year I want to drop 5% more body fat but maintain a certain percentage along side of a healthy weight. It's a great way to monitor yourself rather than always count the numbers on the scale.
7. Set up a daily structure that works for you
For everyone this means something different. With morning classes or meetings it can throw my schedule off. Try picking a day or two with no meetings so you can focus on what you need to get done. Plan those days to have work outs early in the morning or later in the evening before dinner. I have a new structure that involes tackling emails followed by deliverables like articles or content shots, then saving any meetings for later in the afternoon. I know that when I pass a certain time I am falling behind and need to stay focused and on to the next part. Otherwise meetings will appear all day long and you could probably spend 80% of your day answering eamils. Save them for the morning. Hit as many as possible and then get to the good stuff!
8. Create a new business (or hobby) venture
A new business is something I've been wanting to get to for a while now but wasn't quite able to make a run for it while in the midst of getting my footing after leaving my full time job. I now feel comfortable enough going into 2018 that I am ready for the next step in my career. I have always been someone that needs to have a "business". I produce content daily and that's for my brand & for my social channels, but I miss the product component, branding, packaging, marketing and creating something beautiful and tangible people NEED to have. It's why I first fell in love with the fashion industry. Stay tuned.
9. Make a difference
A big goal of 2018 is my Bodylove day long workshop for youth coming this May in Montreal. I have felt so passionate about helping girls with body image issues for the past few months now. I always knew I wanted to help people find happiness through a healthy lifestyle, but did not expect it to take such a turn towards body image. After I saw the impact it was having on youth and how people are feeling with all that social media brings to the table I felt compelled to help. I can't wait to launch this day long workshop involving fitness, motivational speakers and practical work to help reframe girls minds.
10. Set up a strict budget
This is kind of the key to it all. No matter how much money you make, you need to have a strict budget and stick to it. Check in at the middle of the month to see if you are meeting that goal or not. If you're headed to be way over budget then think about cutting back on certain things. Take the time to focus on what that means to you and where your hard erned cash is going. I also find it helpful to look at your 5 and 10 year goals and realistically envision how much money you'll need to save, invest or budget to get there.