Top 5 Goals to set for 2018.

Happy New Year! It’s day 1 of 365 and the end of 2018 will be here before we know it. When a new year comes around most people feel they have a fresh start at life. As a result many have hopes and dreams for the new year, but fail to layout a roadmap to get there. Og Mandino in his book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, spoke about how “dreams are worthless, plans are dust, goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.” Choose action in 2018 and take the first step toward your dream by setting tangible goals.

Most people have heard that goals must be S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Target Completion date). After a few years of goal setting, I prefer to use an over simplified version by making sure my goals are Specific, Measurable, and have a Target Completion date. Let’s break these down real quick.

Specific: Goals cannot be generalized, they must have a name. 
Measurable: Goals must be quantifiable to keep you on track. 
Target Completion date: Goals must have an end date.

Before we begin I would like to highlight two key ingredients needed for goal setting. Writing down your goals on pen and paper are essential because it turns your ideas into a written plan. Once they are written down, put them where you will see them daily. For example, my wife and I put our goals in front of our closet because we walk by and see them everyday.

Grab a pen and paper and let’s get started!

#1 Financial

Money, Money, Money. Different emotions arise when someone says the word money. Some feel a sense of excitement, while others may feel a sense of fear. Whatever your feelings are about money, we all can agree that money is part of everyday life. If we are going to interact with money daily, why not be intentional about it? Do you want to pay off some debt this year? Or buy a new car?A great place to start when it comes to money is by tracking your monthly spending via the everydollar mobile app.

Example goal:

Specific: Save $5,000 by December for an emergency. 
Measurable: $5,000/12mo = $416.66 a month. 
Target Completion date: December 2017.

#2 Social

We all have family and friends that are near and dear to our hearts. While no family or friendship is perfect, we should find creative ways to show our appreciation for them this year. Whether it is a mini family vacation or a simple phone call, make 2018 a year where you memories are cultivated with those closest to us.

Example goal:

Specific: Write a handwritten note to my closest friends. 
Measurable: Write 5 letters. 
Target Completion date: June 2018.

#3 Career

Every year we spend about 2,000 hours at work. That is 2,000 hours we will never get back and setting goals for our careers is vital for our growth. Where do you want to be in the next 5 years? Do you want to be in management or in a completely new field? Where do you want to take your business? Start planning for where you want to be now by setting small goals each year so when the opportunity arrives you will be ready.

Example goal:

Specific: I would like to be in management in 5 years.
Measurable: Attend 3 webinars\classes on management this year and find opportunities where I can lead people. 
Target Completion Date: November 2018.

#4 Intellectual

Our mind is like a sponge with unlimited amounts of storage. Why not fill it with some good this year? Similar to physical training, when one trains the mind by reading books, learning, or studying the stronger his mind becomes. A great place to start in this area is by setting a goal to read more this year. My wife and I have a private FB group where people share what they are reading and are always looking for new readers to join. If this interests you send me a PM and I can add you to the group for 2018.

Example goal:

Specific: Read 12 books this year. 
Measurable:12 books = 1 book a month. 
Target Completion date: December 2018.

#5 Physical

There is a reason gym memberships skyrocket during the month of January. People make a New Years resolution that this will be the year they lose weight, eat healthy, and stay in shape. As we all know most people drop out after a couple months of working out because they never set a plan in place. I have seen that it takes about 60 days for me to make something a habit. Focus on this area for 60 days, set out a plan, and see what you can accomplish with your health.

Example goal:

Specific: Eat healthier meals this year. 
Measurable: Pack a healthy lunch 4 days of the week. (Pssst…this will save you some money too!) 
Target completion date: December 2018.

In closing, the value of goal setting is something we here all the time, however, the actual implementation of them is the difficult part. If you stay discipled and set specific goals you will be surprised by how much you will be able to accomplish this year! My wife and I set 7 goals for 2017 and one of my favorite things to do is to walk over to our closet and see the check marks beside the ones we completed. As Zig Zagler said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”

What are you planning to achieve this year? Make it your goal and achieve it.