As far as I’m concerned, 2018 is just the next month and the only difference is that we’d be changing dates from 17 to 18. A mini shout out to every one that would still write 2017 instead of 2018 for the first few weeks of January. I want you to know that you’re not alone. Well, asides from sending out warm greetings to friends and family for the new year, attending end of year parties and getting your head into the festive season greater things need to be done and there are territories to conquer. If you want to recount your victories and live in that unending joy of fulfillment this time next year, then this is the time you plan for it.
related: 2017: Goals Round Up
I’d borrow a verse from Luke 14:28-32 “Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it? If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: ‘He started something he couldn’t finish.’ “Or can you imagine a king going into battle against another king without first deciding whether it is possible with his ten thousand troops to face the twenty thousand troops of the other? And if he decides he can’t, won’t he send an emissary and work out a truce?
Look how the bible referred to the person who don’t set goals as foolish. If you don’t believe in the bible, it’s OK but motivational speakers and inspirational books also preach and do the same. It’s important that you define your goals so as to narrow your focus on the journey you’re planning to set out on. It’s not also the best to write these goals in your mind because it’s a bit tricky. The wind of lustfulness can blow your thoughts away and cause your retina to focus on something else immediately forgetting what you had in mind initially and the drive with which you started.
I’m yet to pen down my 2018 goals because I’ve not had the time and quiet to achieve that but the points that would be listed below soon would be of help to anyone who’s a go-getter in whatever field. Just before we jump in to that, Here’s what you’d need.
A quiet environment
A pack of juice/wine (not compulsory but to help out with boredom in between)
Having these things ready isn’t mandatory or a prerequisite for your goals to be achieved in the coming year but it’s just a little preparatory way of getting your mind ready for the task ahead
Here are questions that will serve as guidelines to help you set your goals
- Where am I? This question if answered truthfully would help you determine your present stage in life. It helps you find your place in that business, relationship, career, work, study. It’s best if you criticize the steps you’ve taken in the past and how much it has helped you.
- How much I’m I worth? This includes both monetary terms and properties. It also doesn’t matter at what stage you are now, you have to realize that you’re doing this for long term and more so your future so how much you’re worth helps you project for expenditures and approximated income for the next year. If you have the same idea as i do of starting a new business or entering a new space next year, you may need to know how much you’re worth.
- Where I’m I going? With the blog, business, career, relationship, study? To know the next step, you need to answer no 1 carefully. For bloggers, the question might be, am I continuing with a free site or paying for a hosted one or a domain? Am I pitching for brands in the coming year or just wait for them to recognize how good I am? e t.c
- how do I get there? Do I need to contact few people for loan? Do I need to get reading partners? Do I need a mentor in this line of business? These question basically puts you on the track to calculating the time it takes to get there and what you need in your journey.
- What do I need? Travelling a path you’ve not traveled before or you’re currently travelling through, it’s wise to either contact someone who has been on that journey before you and watch how they passed through some hurdles you might meet in the future. Questions belonging here include, do I need to get some training? Do I need to attend master classes on blogging and social media marketing? Do I need an upgrade In my tech knowledge? This questions may not necessarily be in line with your career or passion so you can always decide to add yours to fit in.
- what do I have? I can already hear you say you have nothing. Allow me to break the jinx. Everyone has something. Immediately having something is mentioned, our mind easily drifts to money or material things but that’s not where it ends. Start by writing down your hobbies and find a way to monetize them. Keep looking, I’m sure you’d find something.
While writing your goals, also be reminded that your goals shouldn’t be too low to motivate you or too big to motivate you and don’t adjust your goals to suit anything but change things to suit your goals.
There are ultimate ABC’s of goals you should bear in mind when you’re collecting all your thoughts together. ABC is an acronym for
Your goals must pass the ABC test for credibility and durability. Don’t set goals that aren’t realistic but just for self-impression and don’t set goals at all if you don’t believe that you can achieve what you’ve set.
I hope these little tips helped you to fix up your goals.
Have you written your goals for the new year? If you’ve not, Did you find this post helpful? Drop a comment below, let me know your thoughts or any additional question I skipped necessary for setting goals.