Self Care

How To Actually Achieve Your Goals This Year

A brand new year means a clean slate to redefine yourself, repurpose your image, and reset your life. It means accepting the realities of last year, to actively choose to move forward and embrace the unknown. It’s also the perfect time to figure out how to actually achieve your goals this year. To decide that this year, finally, you will allow yourself to go after your dreams unapologetically.

Welcome, 2019. You ready for it?

I personally love the new year, not just because I can press the restart button. It also gives me the opportunity to revisit the past, to reflect on the previous year and remind myself of the things I’ve accomplished.

At the beginning of 2018, I had so many things I wanted to do. I set goals, I visualized them,  and I talked about them to anyone who would listen because they kept me up at night – that’s how excited I was.

And, some goals were realized. I started a blog, I finished grad school, I got a job, and all of my relationships (both romantic and platonic) became better than ever.

But there’s a lot of goals that I didn’t accomplish, too.

I made some progress on these goals, sure, but here they are, still incomplete in 2019. What did I do wrong?

I did my research, I self-reflected, and I aimed to figure out how exactly to set a goal and see it through, WITHOUT leaving a single goal behind.

And I think I’ve found the answer.

I believe I’ve found the EXACT way to actually achieve your goals this year. With this method, you won’t feel anxious and you’ll avoid experiencing end-of-year disappointment.

Because I’m planning on using this fail proof plan, I plan to see all of my goals realized in 2019. This year, I won’t be disappointed. I’m going to get it right.

Here’s how to actually achieve your goals this year, in 2019:

How to Boss Up and Slay Your Goals poster with flowers behind the text.

Be Realistic

I realized that this one of my biggest problems with 2018’s goals: over-ambition.

I tried to stuff as many goals as possible into one single year, which is the best way to set yourself up for failure. Knowing how to actually achieve your goals this year means knowing which goals to focus on, and which ones to shelf.

Figure out your top 3-5 goals of 2019. Put your focus on a few goals rather than spreading yourself thin. You will avoid feeling end-of-year disappointment, and feel much more accomplished by the end of the year.

Secondly, make these goals as specific as possible. If one of your goals is to lose weight by the end of the year, specify how many pounds you want to lose. Are you planning on saving $10,000 by December? Calculate how much you need to save each month.

Write Down Your Goals, And Put Them Somewhere Visible

See, I had so many things I wanted to do. I wanted to finish my Masters, save a certain amount of money, start a blog, and get in shape.

All of those things are fully achievable within a year. And, like I said, I achieved a few of these goals. In addition to being overly ambitious, here’s another reason why I didn’t achieve them:

I didn’t write them down.

And this is the key in actually achieving your goals this year.

Writing down your goals solidifies them. It breathes them into life. Putting pen to paper on your goals instructs the universe on what you want out of this year because you’re committing to a specific plan.

Just so you know, this is not optional. It’s mandatory.

It also isn’t enough to solely write them down. You need to first write them down, and put them in a place where you can see them daily.

Why does this matter? Well, in a world full of distractions from social media, work, and life in itself, it’s easy to forget about the goals we thought of early in the year. Other things come up that distract us and takes our focus away from the year’s objectives.

Plus, how easy is it to write something down in a journal and never return to that page again?

To actually achieve your goals this year, write down your goals on sticky notes and spread them around the house, or you can make a vision board. To make a vision board, cut out photos and images that relate to your goals, and paste them onto a board. Place or hang the board somewhere in direct vision.

Every time you get up in the morning, you’ll see your dreams manifested right before your eyes. Before you go to bed, you’ll see it again. This will not only keep you focused, but will manifest your actions to align with your goals subconsciously.

Actually achieving your goals this year will take effort, and this is the first step in seeing them through.

Map Out the Timeline

If you want to lose 20 pounds by the start of summer, how long will it take you to do so? How many pounds do you need to lose a week, a month, to achieve this goal? Is it achievable in the given timeframe?

Any dream worth having needs careful planning. The first step to actually achieve your goals this year, once you’ve completed the preliminary work above, is to create a timeline.

Now is the time to recognize the limitations of your goals. Is it truly possible to complete your goal in the time frame you’ve established? Tweak your goals to align with the deadline you’ve given yourself.

Whether you’re deadline is the end of the year or in a few months, you must set realistic timelines to avoid disappointment. We all want to achieve our goals. If only we could dream them right into fruition!

Make a Schedule

Okay, so you’ve got some goals. Concrete, realistic goals that you can see through this year.

You’ve written them down and figured out some of the details. Your plan is solid.

Unfortunately, that’s only half the work.

Now comes the part where most people fail at.

To actually achieve your goals this year, you need something called discipline.

Making a structured, daily schedule – and being disciplined enough to follow it – is the difference between someone achieving their goals or failing at them.

No dream is achievable without goals. No goals are achievable without a plan, and no plan is possible without discipline.

Think about it: if you work on your goal every day for two hours, by the end of the year you’d have dedicated 730 hours on it. Although there’s no magic number, that could be all the time you need to see it through.

To actually achieve your goals this year, determine how much time you can dedicate to your goal first. Decide when you will work on it (i.e. before work, only on weekends, etc.) and stick to it.

No goal is achieved passively. You want to make a plan to get there!

Set a Budget

Some goals will require careful budgeting for it to succeed. For your goal to come alive and for you to actually achieve your goals this year, you may need to invest some money into it.

For example, if you want to learn how to play piano, it will require buying a piano or keyboard, and hiring a piano instructor for weekly lessons.

If you want to start a blog, you need to buy a domain. An aspiring photographer is going to need the right camera and lenses to take amazing photos.

These types of goals can be quite expensive if not properly planned for. Set aside some time and calculate the funds you need to funnel into your dream to make it reality.

Ask For Help

Humans don’t exist in a vacuum. And every single one of us are trying to see our dreams come to life.

As independent as we are, to actually achieve our goals this year, we need the support of those around us to move forward because we are part of a larger community.

Ask yourself these questions: what human resources do you need? Can you do the work yourself or do you need to outsource?

For example, if you want to model, you may need to find someone who will take your photos. Aspiring pianists will need a piano teacher to learn technique.

Another form of help you’ll require will come from the people who love you – your friends, family, and peers – in the form of support. Support from these people is instrumental in your success.

Suppose you fall out of your line with your goals. This is common. You may start off strong in January, but slowly lose motivation by March.

Friends and family that love you will hold you accountable to actually achieving your goals this year. They’ll ask how your goals are going, the progress you’ve made, and remind you of them when you start to forgo your plan.

It’s important to let the people you love know of your plans, so that they can keep you focused.

Get Yourself a Mentor

Mentors are extremely helpful when trying to see a goal through.

They are a tremendous resource because they’ve been in your exact shoes before. They can relate to the process you’ve begin to undertake. Above all else, mentors will guide you through the ups and downs of goal achieving.

On the course of your goal achieving journey, you’ll come across obstacles along the way. They will have tons of great insight on overcoming these barriers, because they’ve overcome them too!

They will also have knowledge on the industry you are trying to break into. A well-established pianist can help a young budding pianist network with other musicians. A veteran blogger will help a new blogger with landing brand deals.

Find someone in your industry that you get inspiration from and reach out to them.

How do you plan on actually achieving your goals this year?