There is a difference between the dream and the work required to obtain it. -Michael Hyatt
2018 is flying by! Folks, we’re almost in June. It’s incredible how quickly the time flies and how often we look back to see where the time went and how much we’ve accomplished. It’s time to check the temperature. How much have you accomplished this year? Where are you with hitting key goals that you’ve established for yourself?
If you haven’t set any goals for 2018, now’s a good time to start. It’s not too late. Here are some simple strategies to help you set some measurable goals for the rest of the year.
Step One: Write down a list of domains that you want to focus on getting better at this year. Here is a list of typical life domains: Relationships (friends, spouse, children), Finances, Career/Business, Physical Health, Mental Health, and Spiritual Health.
Step Two: Write down one or two goals for each domain. What do you hope to accomplish by the end of 2018 in each domain? For example, under the Mental Health domain, maybe your goal is to reserve 30-minutes every day for meditation, or to cut back on certain activities that are overwhelming your schedule and your life. Write down specific goals for each domain.
Step Three: Write down target dates for completion. By what date do you hope to reach your goals in each domain, or by what date would you like to begin a new habit (e.g. meditation)? Write down those dates and hold yourself accountable for reaching them. Without writing down actual dates, your goals become amorphous and there is no true accountability mechanism in place for accomplishing them. Write down dates—they are key to your success.
Step Four: Find an accountability partner. Life is better with partners—with people who will walk alongside you and hold you accountable to achieve your goals. Find a partner to check in with routinely, who can provide feedback, be a listening ear, and walk you through your goals with you. Allow it to be reciprocal. Hold them accountable for their goals as well.
Step Five: Execute. No goal serves any purpose whatsoever unless you put it in motion. Execute what you’ve written down in Step Two. It’s time to get to work! You have more than half of the year left. Whatever threw you off track in the beginning of the year, leave it behind, focus on the what’s in front of you, and get to work!