“It always seems impossible until it’s done,” Nelson Mandela.

Who’s ready to dive into next year full steam ahead?! I know I am! Everytime a new year rolls around, it always feels like a new beginning, a clean slate, a fresh start. It’s as if a new wind blows in new life and energy. I love to take advantage of that energy going forward into the new year.

At the beginning of 2017, I laid out a list of 9 goals I wanted to accomplish by the end of the year. Since it’s officially the end of the year, reviewing this list to measure my progress and success is long overdue! I wanted to be able to be really proud of my progress. Like REALLY proud. But, life happens and goals became less of a priority. Thankfully, a few lessons were still learned.

This past year is the first time I’ve really ever set out a list of goals for the “new year.” Usually I make resolutions, but we all know how long those last. As for the results, I’m not sure how to measure my progress. Everything was not accomplished. However, I made baby steps along the way for each goal. For instance, this blog. It was one of my top goals and here I am, still in 2017, writing a post. I may not have been very consistent with my posting, but at least I started.

With the new year approaching, I will definitely be making a new goals list. However, I’ll be taking my lessons learned from this year and applying them to next. Here are a few takeaways from last year to apply going forward.

3 Tips to Hit those Unmet Goals:

  1. Less goals. There are only so many months in a year, weeks in a month, days in a week and hours in a day to accomplish everything. With too many goals, it makes it difficult to know where to start. Of course, there are the big items/major goals to accomplish. But those small goals, they can be haunting. The small goals can become overwhelming when there’s still 7 more goals to be accomplished but only 2 months left in the year. This year I’m aiming for 3-5 goals, no more, no less.
  2. Seeing my goals. Put them everywhere! A notecard in my purse/wallet. A piece of paper by my bed. Sticky notes in my car. Anywhere that I go, my goals will go with me. Having a constant reminder of what it is I want to achieve will keep the motivation going, even during those days I want to throw in the towel!
  3. Create good habits. Everything is always easier said than done. In order to reach these goals, I must create good habits to help me reach what I want to achieve. Instead of doing the endless social media scroll first thing in the morning, writing/reading/blogging is the new aim. Creating more structure to my day will help me stay accountable with my time management.

So there you have it! 3 easy ways to help hit those unmet goals. How do you plan on crushing your goals this year?