Happy New Years, babes! I’m so excited to start the year with a clean slate, a fresh start to tackle our goals and reach new levels of success.
Quick announcement: I spent the Christmas break strategizing and building a content plan for the upcoming year. I’m taking everything you’ve told me you wanted and putting it to action.
I’ll be sharing career growth strategies, different ways to practice loving yourself, things to do in Dallas, how to dress your figure, best casual/weekend looks, ways to reach your fullest potential and SO much more!
To kick things off, I want to help YOU develop a list of GOALS – not resolutions – that you can and WILL achieve in 2019. Let’s get to it boss babe!
Define Your End Goal
Part of being a lady boss is holding yourself accountable for your dreams. Having a dream is one thing, but actually pursuing it is another.
Do you want to get into leadership at your company? Do you want to open your own business? Do you want to secure a promotion? Or do you want to turn your side hustle into a full time gig?
Whatever your end goal is, get a very clear idea of what that is. It’s okay if you might have a couple of end goals at first, but narrow it down to one main objective.
For me, my 2019 goal is to grow The Candid Millennial.
Set Realistic Benchmarks
To reach this big, hairy, audacious goal (as described in You Are A BadAss by Jen Sincero) you will create a set of objectives to help you reach this goal.
However, it’s important to get a realistic expectation for yourself. I used to come up with 10 goals in my new year resolutions.
It went something like this: workout 5X a week, go to church every week, lose 10 pounds, find dream job, meet 3 new people a month, call parents every week, etc…
I don’t think it’s bad to be ambitious and have a lot of goals for yourself, but it’s not smart to set yourself up for failure. I’m learning to simplify my objectives and goals.
I like the rule of three. It’s simple, to the point, and three is still enough to make you feel well accomplished.
For example, this year I have three weekly objectives as my “goals”. I have simplified how I want to get to where I’m going:
- Workout 3 times a week (because I have to feel good to do good work, and with my lifestyle I know I can definitely make time for the gym 3 times in one week)
- Read/reflect 3 times a week (because I am passionate about always learning and growing, and I want to use this knowledge to help my audience)
- Blog 3 times a week (because I want to be resourceful and know frequency is important)
All three of my objectives are going to contribute to my bigger goal.
I encourage you to make a list of all the things you want to do to help you reach your goal, then simplify by narrowing down to the top 3 things that will get you there.
Create A Plan
Because if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Look at your three main objectives and see where you can incorporate those into your everyday life.
I juggle a lot of different activities every week: I work a full time job in sales, I’m producing a blog platform for millennials, I work out, I volunteer, I meal prep and cook for me and my boyfriend, I attend lots of networking events and happy hours all while just trying to be a normal twenty-something with a social life.
With all of that, it’s very important for anyone who has a lot on your plate to plan your week out.
Here’s an example of how I plan to incorporate my objectives into my life:
Sundays: create/schedule blog content for upcoming week
I know that realistically it’s really difficult for me to get to the gym more than twice a week during the work week. It’s just hard for me. People who do this really impress me!!
I also know that reading and reflecting during a stressful work week will help keep me grounded and keep me focused on what’s most important.
Books about leadership, self love, faith, and sales are what I like to read and what keep me inspired to continue to push towards the goal. I also love podcasts about blogging. My two faves are The Influencer Podcast and Jenna Kutcher’s the Goal Digger.
I also have learned that creating blog content takes time, but 80% of my time needs to be engaging and promoting my content.
Therefore, I’m going to simplify my blog posts and spend more time engaging daily with my audience during downtimes (early morning, later evening).
It’s the first day of the year, and today is the perfect time to get your priorities in line. What is your big goal this year? How are you going to push yourself to reach this goal? I’m excited to see what you accomplish!