Let's talk about goals for 2019
With the seasonal craziness behind us and the new year approaching quickly, I bet you're starting to think about your goals for 2019 (or at least, I hope you are!). I thought it would be helpful if I gave you some guidance + resources on how to create and execute those goals while you're brainstorming.
Consider this a jumping off point, or a road map — I can't do the work for you, but I can help point you in the right direction and give you tools to use so that YOU can own this process. :)
PS: There's a lot of good stuff in here, so if you don't have time to look it over now, bookmark this post for later so you can re-visit it!
In this post, I've included:
How to create the space to think about your goals for 2019
Resources for inspiration and ideas
Key tips and systems that I have found helpful
The when and where of goal-setting
Before we dive in to all the tangible stuff, I wanted to remind you that doing reflection, being really intentional about this next year, figuring out what you want out of your life and what you're choosing to achieve; that's all big, awesome stuff to think about. Trying to knock it out in 2 minutes on New Year's day, or quickly writing down whatever comes to mind first isn't a very good strategy.
Set yourself up for success by creating space (literally, and in your mind) by spending at least 15 minutes somewhere quiet where you can focus, aren't distracted, and really marinate on this stuff. If your goals are lofty and not well thought-out, your results will be too.
Key tips + habits that have helped me
Keep your goals in sight and in mind. I know you may think you won't forget them, but 6 months from now when you've got new obligations and commitments you can't yet foresee, it's easy to let things like your goals take a backseat for a long period of time. Write them down and post them by your bed, on the fridge, on your phone home screen; wherever makes sense for you. That will help you ensure you're not going too long acting out of alignment with your goals.
Track the small wins along the way. Last year, I sold All Good Things Jars — which were clear mason jars (like this one) with a lid that has a slot in it, and a little branded notepad; the response was amazing! This year, I encourage you to create your own because it's a seriously fun practice. Every time something good happens, whether you had a fun day with your kids, crushed your workout, or got a promotion, you jot it down on a slip of paper and put it in the jar. At the end of the year, you open the jar and reflect on all the incredible things that happened that year; many of which you probably forgot about! Several of my clients like to do this with their kids, and jot things down every night or a couple times a week. Plus, the simple act of writing down positive things helps you build the habit of looking for them throughout the day.
Join a community that supports your goals. Even if you're not sure what those are yet, regularly being surrounded by people who share a similar set of values as you do and live the way you want to live, will help hold you accountable and feel supported — accountability and support are HUGE factors in success. You can do this through a gym (especially group fitness like CrossFit), your church, a professional network, etc.; and if you have no idea where to start, just ask friends for suggestions!
Don't be afraid to ask for help. I've had a hard time with this one myself, and I know it may take time for you to adopt, but it's SO worth it. There are so many people out there who want to help you, and a gazillion professionals who are able to in ways that you probably don't realize; to aid you in achieving your goal, to support you, to provide direction, you name it. Whether it's a therapist/counselor, a nutrition coach, a personal trainer, a bookkeeper or accountant, a nanny, a meal prep service, a grocery delivery service, a life coach; there's providers and companies right here in your city to help alleviate stress and/or help you in achieving your goals, whatever they may be. If you know you're in the market for any of those services, please don't hesitate to drop a comment here or message me on Instagram and ask for my recommendations.
Here are some tools you could use both to help you set goals, and throughout your journey:
Most of these are available on Audible (audio book) as well, which is a great way to "read" more books.
High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon Burchard
7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
Subscribe to these shows as they regularly will provide you with tangible advice to support your goals (subscribing means you'll be automatically notified when there's new episodes).
The Brendon Show with Brendon Burchard
Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu
RISE Together Podcast (for couples)
The Hey Preslie Podcast - of course ;)
Planners and journals
For the ladies…
If you're looking for more direction on goal setting, or just want to dive deeper into all this good stuff, you won't want to miss this announcement! Earlier this month Jill Petersen (goal setting expert + founder of hermonia) and I put on the first Girl, Let's Goal workshop in Phoenix. It sold out and we got such great feedback, that we just announced a second workshop: Sunday, January 20, 2019 in Scottsdale.
This event is designed to guide you through intentional goal setting, vision clarity, and purpose pursuit. Through the practice of mindfulness, you’ll get present with yourself by reflecting on where you’ve been and where you’re headed. You’ll walk away with valuable tangible tools and new friends. :)
Cheers to 2019, you goal-getter, you!
PS: I specialize in helping people of all backgrounds reach their health, fitness and body composition goals in my personalized nutrition coaching program: Hey Preslie Nutrition. Check out clients results and sign-up for a free phone consultation to get started, and let's make 2019 your best year yet. :)