Guest blogger and friend of SportStylist, Natalie Goodchild (AKA The Blonde Ethos) is taking her 2016 goals by storm: and so can you! Over a cosy cup of coffee and a good notebook (a blogger essential), Natalie shared with us her foolproof plan to setting, and smashing, those elusive goals this year. Here’s how it’s done…
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…).
It helped me to feel so focused. My motivation was refreshed and I knew exactly what I needed to do to make 2016 the year to rival all others.
I want you to feel the same way.
If you haven’t yet taken a moment for yourself to set purpose for the year, month or even week ahead, and to get really, truly excited for what you are going to achieve, now is the time.
We may be a month into 2016 already, but it’s never ever a bad time to start setting goals for yourself.
I set overarching intentions for the year in January, but really, I set super-achievable short-term goals every month, and then write weekly (and daily) to do lists and schedules that reflect this. It fills me with excitement and already this year, I have feel like I’ve been so productive and smashed so many goals!
Why should you 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 goal setting, like I have created for you in Your Ideal Life Guide – a free 20-page downloadable available from my site – your dream lifestyle will feel within arms reach. You will even learn a little something about yourself in the process.
Where should you 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. [Editor’s note: we also love the Happiness Planners from @happinessplanner]
To help you out, 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.
My downloadable guide 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.
Like the team at SportStylist, I’m really passionate about helping people achieve what they want in life so I hope that if you choose to download the guide, it really helps you out. Be sure to tweet us with your progress!
You can download the guide directly here. Thanks Natalie – we’re off to write some goals right now!