This is my favorite time of year, if I have to be honest – it’s time to start thinking about 2019 goals!
Goal setting is one of my favorite things, and I always feel so productive and fresh at the beginning of the year. I don’t think 2019 will be any different – we have so much work to do at my job, and I have a lot of things I want to achieve otherwise.
There are good ways to set goals and not so good ways to set goals, though, so I wanted to share some advice with you to make sure you set yourself up for success with your 2019 goals.
Note: There is no such thing as a bad goal. Anything you want to challenge yourself to do, as long as it doesn’t harm you or anyone else, is great. You go.
1. Be specific.
A lot of us set our New Year’s Resolution and say something like, “I want to read more.” or “I want to work out more.”
Both of those are great sentiments, and maybe you really will read more or work out more.
But it’s better to tell yourself, “I will read 25 books this year.” or “I will work out for 30 minutes three days a week.”
Be very specific in your 2019 goals. Instead of wanting to do something “better” or “more,” give yourself a goalpost. This gives you specifics for defining your success, and it gives you a specific thing to aim for, too.
2. Make sure your goals are something you can control.
A lot of people in Book Twitter are talking about this right now. It’s a big thing for people who are in the writing community, especially, because you may really want to finally get agented or get your book published. But you can’t control those things.
If you set a goal for yourself, make sure it is something that you are in complete control of. If you want to see a certain outcome (for example, getting agented as an author!), set your goal that you will do the things that you need to do to get agented. For example, my friend said she wants to send a specific number of queries to potential agents.
3. Identify the tasks that go along with all of your goals.
Now that you’ve got your goal (say, to read 100 books in 2019), take an extra step and break down the individual tasks you need to complete to hit that goal.
For my goal of reading 100 books in 2019, I know I need to read 30 minutes a day.
4. Use definite language.
Instead of saying I want to, I want you to say I will. Be definite with your goals – these are things you will achieve in 2019, not things you want to achieve in 2019.
I know that might sound a little woo–woo to the skeptics in the crowd, but I swear, mindset and word choice matter.