Setting BIG GOALS in 2020 | As someone who loves planning and goal setting, the beginning of a new year is always something that gets me so excited! I love the feeling of getting a new planner, of setting new goals, and really reflecting on the year! Due to my love of planning and goal setting, I found it fitting to create a series on goal setting for the new year!
For my first ever post of this series, I wanted to really talk about BIG goal setting. These are the goals that are crucial to setting yourself up for success in 2020, because they are the ones that drive all your smaller goals throughout the year!
Big, overarching goals are so IMPORTANT for making progress – especially when progress can feel kinda vague and abstract (like New Year goal setting!). When we can look at the big goals of the year and break it down, they can seem less daunting (and in turn, more achievable!)
Before You Set Your Big Goal
Look back at 2019 (Using my packet that you should have downloaded just by joining my email list!). Think about the following things (and the bonus material in the packet!):
- In what areas did I grow in 2019?
- In what areas did I struggle in 2019?
- What things made me happy in 2019?
- What do I wish I would have done more of in 2019?
Look at yourself One to Five Years in the future. Think about where, who, and what you would like to be and jot them down.
- What will my future self be good at in a year?
- Who will my future self be in one year?
- What will other people say about me in one year?
- How do I want other people to see me in one year?
Here’s the deal: comparison and other individuals are a tricky animal to deal with. Maybe you were questioning why other people should be considered in goal setting at all: after all, you are here to help grow yourself. Well, the inner counselor within me would have to remind you that other people are so intertwined into your own life, you cannot help but count them in your vision a year from now.
Visions such as wanting to be “the best at x” or wanting to be more kind/generous would all be visions that involved how other people saw you or say about you a year from now. Although others’ perceptions are not something you can directly change, it can definitely be one that can be indirectly changed i.e. “wow she has been so consistent at the gym, she is so determined and such a hard worker” or “she really worked to provide me the best services/products for my money, she really cares about me”. You have to remember that perception is reality, and we are not just floating islands going throughout life! Your own self-development will help change others around you (and this is a good thing!!) Feel free to leave me a comment or contact me if you have any questions about this, Ted Talk over.
Craft Your Big Goals of 2020
Categorize your Goals for 2020
Now you can choose several areas of your life that you are passionate about improving. Look back over your thoughts in the reflect and envision sections to get some ideas that are true to what you really want to improve. It is important to hone in on just a few topics, as the more selective you are, the more likely you are to follow through on completing these goals, and the more time you can focus on achieving them.
“Choosing several topics will allow you to grow within the topics themselves, while preventing you from becoming burnt out (and quitting). “VenturesofMegan.me
I’m going to get a bit vulnerable here and talk to you about my several areas of life to give you some inspo! My categories to focus on in 2020 are:
- Digital Creation
- My Blog
Look at the End Goal
Think about yourself in a year from now, as you are sitting to make your goals for 2021. Where do you want to be in each of these categories by the end of the year?
For example: Fitness – I would say that I want to be in a place where I am healthy and feel confident in myself. I work out regularly (4ish times a week) and I typically eat nutrient-rich foods.
Define the BIG PICTURE end goal
Now, bring it in. Write them on sticky notes and leave them in the front of your planner so they are always in front of you. This will keep you accountable when you feel like you need the extra boost!
I.E: In 2020, I am going to practice consistency and intentionality in all areas of my life, specifically in the areas of blogging, fitness, and goal creation.
Now that we’ve talked about BIG goals, you should now know where you want to be at the end of 2020, and you have chosen a word for the year! Feel free to go over and look at my inspiration board for 2020 for some ideas for envisioning 2020. Also, to make sure your BIG 2020 goals stay on track, stay tuned for the next blog post in the series: Fine Tuning Your Goals For REAL RESULTS.
Thanks for Reading! In the comments below, let me know what your greatest accomplishment was of 2019!