2016 is the first year that I have ever written goals for myself.
For as long as I can remember, the personal development section of Waterstone’s has been my favourite, I have been fascinated with the concept of a fulfilling portfolio career, and my passion for health and fitness is what keeps me alive, quite literally.
However, I have never written down SMART goals for any of those key areas of my life: personal, career and health.
For a while now, I’ve had ideas in my head of where I am headed in each of those areas. I have lists scribbled in notebooks, in Evernote and in random apps on my phone, of things that I want to do or achieve.
But, I had never fully removed these ideas from my imagination and turned them into a solid plan.
Recently, I started toying with the idea of buying some kind of planning journal, but I thought it would be a waste of money (they aren’t cheap!), that I probably wouldn’t remember to keep it up to date, and that maybe I didn’t need it given that I had a plan in my head already.
Yet, for some reason, I bit the bullet and got my hands on a goal journal.
I spent the first day of 2016 in a hotel surrounded by woodland, curled up on a sofa, writing about my dream life, setting motivating short-term goals, and identifying the things holding me back (Netflix, I’m looking at you…).
I feel so focused now. My motivation is refreshed and I know exactly what I need to do to make 2016 a year to rival 2015.
I want you to feel the same way. That’s why I spent the following two days of 2016 working hard on something special to help you:
If you haven’t yet taken a moment for yourself to set purpose for the year ahead and to get really, truly excited for what you are going to achieve, now is the time.
Why you should write down your goals
Taking your goals from your imagination and putting them on paper makes them a little more real. They are tangible.
Like having a to-do list, once they are written down in front of you, you can assess them more clearly and start to make some headway.
Plus, if you follow a process for this, like I have created for you in Your Ideal Life Guide, your dream lifestyle will feel within arms reach. You will even learn a little something about yourself in the process.
Where to write down your goals
You could do what I did, and invest in a purpose made journal. I bought the Goals Journal from kikki.K, but I’ve also heard that the Daily Greatness journals are lovely.
Don’t fancy forking out for a journal?
Want to get started immediately?
I’ve created the perfect downloadable guide to get you clear on your values, goals and actions for the year ahead!
Your Ideal Life Guide
Having researched a lot of different lifestyle and goal-setting planners, and having now got stuck into one myself, I’ve picked out the very best bits (and added some elements that I felt were missing from other planners) to give you the key tools that you need to create a life that gets you healthier, happier and excited for the future.
The guide you are about to download will help you to:
- Realise your core values in life
- Identify how you measure success in your life
- Create a vision of your ideal life
- Recognise changes that you can make to achieve your ideal life
- Design SMART goals to guide you
It’s important to start the goal setting process knowing that as your life changes over the course of months or years, your values, goals and vision will change a little too.
By downloading Your Ideal Life Guide, you can check in and redo the whole exercise as often as you feel that you need to; to plan your Ideal week, set new goals, and reflect on the amazing progress that you have made so far.
I’m so excited to be able to help you find the same clarity and enthusiasm that I have for the year ahead! It’s going to be a great one.