I’ve been teaching goal-setting & mentoring young women for about 6 years now, and I’ve heard many, many stories — and one of the most common things I encounter with my students is this:

They start out SO excited with a goal, make all these grand plans, feel all pumped up & READY TO ROCK THE WORLD — But after a week or two, slowly but very surely… they fall off the wagon, break momentum, and all progress stops.

Poof! Another goal shelved.

Sounds all too familiar? Feels majorly frustrating, right? “Why can’t I just finish something for once!” *insert angry emoji*

Want to know why most goals end up in the graveyard of all your other goals/ideas/dreams?
It’s because some (most?) of the goal/s we set are NOT IN LINE with what we truly want.

The #1 reason people don’t accomplish their goals is because their goals are not truly connected to the very core of their being. What do I mean by that?

  • They set goals that they only kiiiiinda want to do.
  • Or they set goals they THINK they have to do — maybe because their parents or friends expect it from them.
  • Or, they set certain goals because it’s what everybody else is doing.

In this blog post, I’ll share with you 3 things you MUST do to prepare for the New Year, and help you set goals that are not just the usual goals (lose weight, save more, travel more, read more, am I right???) — but goals that are truly aligned to what you genuinely want to do in life, and what kind of person you want to be.

Below are 3 things (+ free worksheets) that you can do to prep for the New Year.

3 Things You Can Do to Start 2018 Strong

Before listing down your goals or resolutions, first —  you *must* do an annual review.

Around the last week of December of each year, what most people do is write down what they want to do next year. But more often than not, it’s just a duplicate of what they said they’d do last December.

So here’s what I do: I like doing a review of where I am – before I set any goals about what I want to be – because I think one of the most important steps that people skip when goal-setting is ACKNOWLEDGING WHERE THEY ARE.

When you don’t first evaluate yourself, it’s so easy to set goals that are waaaay off-tangent to who you are, and who you really want to be.

Or you’ll end up chasing after the wrong goals just because people expect it from you, or everybody else is doing it, or that’s what you saw this one girl in Instagram doing. You know what I mean?

Be honest about where you are and what you have right now, and then, with a grateful heart — start there.

To get some tips and inspiration about how to do your annual review, I want to share with you my 2016 Annual Review (which I did in December 2016, to prepare for 2017). Treat it like an example or a case study, so you can pattern your own annual review after how I did mine.

You can also click on the images below to take you to those episodes.

Pursuing passion project full time, The Purposeful Creative podcast, hosted by Arriane Serafico
Pursuing passion project full time, The Purposeful Creative podcast, hosted by Arriane Serafico

Set a theme for the coming year.

If there’s anything that really helps me feel more pumped about my goals — it’s having a big battle cry or theme for the year.

I started this practice in 2010, where I would ALWAYS set one overarching theme for my whole year. And it’s not just about thinking of a random word — in fact, if you need tips about how to set your theme for the year, I have the perfect blog post and episode for you.

In this episode, I’ll be giving you 3 prompts or questions you can use – so that the theme that you choose will actually be effective and memorable, and very meaningful to you (not just some generic, forgettable quote you pulled off an inspirational poster).

Join us for the #Braver2019 challenge! We start Jan. 4

Jumpstart your 2019 by joining our supportive community in this guided year-ended challenge — and together, we can bring more intention & clarity into your New Year.

If you want to set a SOLID foundation for the year (instead of starting with chaos or meh-ness), and need a fresh jolt of motivation, plus (!!!) some partners in accountability… join our Braver 2019 Challenge.

There will be e-mail reminders, mini-challenges, group accountability, live chats and Q&As, pep talks, and tons of new friends! Click here (or the image below) to sign up for the challenge.

May This New Year Be Your Bravest Year Ever

I won’t overwhelm you with too many things to do; I know from my and my students’ experiences that overwhelm is the start of procrastination!

Follow these 2 simple steps to help you start your New Year STRONG. Do an annual review, and set your theme for the year. I even prepared easy-to-follow worksheets for you to give you guide questions and prompts, and to put some structure into your goal-setting.

To download these free worksheets, just make sure to enter your details in the sign up forms above.

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Free worksheet: Set Your Own Theme for the New Year

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