Part 2 of the 2017 Self-Reflection Guide is all about goal setting!
If you have missed part 1, click here!
Part 1 of the guide will help you reflect on 2017! I hope it brings you joy, gratitude and appreciation for the things that worked well during 2017!
Part 2 is designed to help you choose a goal for 2018, as well as a word for the year, applicable focus areas and way to stay active and accountable for that goal!
Part 3 is really where the work begins! The aim in part 3 is to plan the steps that you will need to follow throughout the year, in order to succeed at your goal.
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I have a love-hate relationship with goals! I love setting goals and I love it when I achieve those goals, but often time I fail miserably!
During my self-reflection, I realised a couple of things with regards to goal setting:
- It’s time to focus on ONE goal and one goal only!
- It is time for me to get smart about my goals.
- Yip, you have it Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive.
- And lastly, my goal for the year needs to be in alignment with my word for the year.
5 Goal Setting Questions in preparation for 2018
1. Write down your Single Major Goal for 2018
My goal for 2018 is to be strong, healthy and active again!
I have been licking my wounds way too long and the clean slate that a new year brings is the perfect time to get started! I know how many kilos I want to lose this year, I have calculated incrementally what this means for me on a monthly and weekly basis.
Furthermore, I know I want to lose weight sustainably! In other words, there is no way, I want to sit here in a couple of years and tell you how I want to lose weight again!
I believe I have laid the foundation for this goal in 2017 when I took up the Brave and Broken challenge!
Lara Casey has a great post, uncovering the reasons or why behind the goal. If the goal doesn’t have long-term value to you personally, you probably won’t succeed! I recommend reading her post if you want to dig deeper!
2. Consider a single word or short phrase that will serve you throughout the year to attain your Goal.
My first thought was R-U-N! Yes, as in physically and emotionally running with my goal of being strong, healthy and active.
But here’s the thing, I want to enjoy the journey! I want to have a positive attitude about the journey in order for it all to become a sustainable lifestyle, rather than sheer torture!
Purely for that reason, my phrase for 2018 is – Run with Joy!
3. Chose 3 Focus Areas
Focus areas, are areas that you chose to focus on, to support your goal.
If your goal was to become debt free, your focus areas could be (1.) Shopping Smarter (2.) Payment Plans and (3.) Fun activities that do not cost money, as focus areas.
My focus areas for 2018 are as follows:
- Running, exercise and living an active lifestyle
- Balance and healthy food choices
- Planning! I need to get into a habit to plan my meals and time better.
4. Look for a Bible Scripture, Quote or Dictionary Definition to Guide and Motivate you.
Both the below scriptures kind of jumped on me.
- Get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! Heb 12:1-2
- I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God. Hab 3:18
5. Find an Accountability Partner or Chose a Social Media Hashtag.
I’m really hoping to find a running friend, I won’t lie. Albert will definitely hold me accountable at home and my friend and colleague, C at work, so I know I have a support structure. But a running buddy won’t hurt either.
As for a social media hashtag, I have a couple I am thinking of:
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