It’s hard to believe that 2018 has already come and gone. While I did almost nothing I set out to do in 2018, I left with some great memories and experiences that I will hold on to forever. In one of my very first blog posts I shared my New Years resolutions. Keep in mind, I started out as more of a fitness and lifestyle blogger but quickly found my passions in a more fashion and lifestyle focus. I also shared this post last year about How to Create Resolutions You Can Actually Keep and well, that didn’t happen.
Instead of dwelling on that fact, I’ve decided to focus on the positives and what I did accomplish in 2018. I was able to grow my blog and Instagram following 5 fold, I partnered with companies I could have only dreamed of and I made some amazing friends and memories both in and out of the blogosphere.
How To (Actually) Achieve Your Goals This Year
Last year I intended to run and hike 365 miles over the course of the year. However, I despise running and hiking with my children is nothing short of a disaster. Also, once I realized that I’d need to do a minimum of 7 miles of each per week to achieve these goals, they quickly went out the window. This year instead of trying to commit to doing things I had no desire to do in the first place, I’ve made a list of more realistic goals.This year I’ve done some reflecting and decided make goals that actually meant something to me.
Have a Strong Desire to Achieve Your Goal(s)
The key to actually achieving your goals is first and foremost having a strong desire to achieve them. It all starts from within. Since I wasn’t necessarily passionate about last year’s goals, I didn’t really care to ever achieve them.
Take Small Actionable Steps To Achieve Your Goal(s) Everyday
Small changes equal big results. It takes time to lose weight, get stronger, be more flexible, build your empire – you get the point. Make sure that every single day you are taking baby steps toward making your goals happen, otherwise they never will.
Make Yourself Accountable
Now that you’ve got the desire and are making headway towards your goals, you have to make yourself accountable. You might do this by checking items off of a list, logging your progress in a journal or by taking photos or publishing your goals publicly. This really helps you to stay on track.
Measure and Evaluate Your Progress
Another very important factor in achieving your goals is measuring your progress. Are you getting closer to where you need to be? Great! If not, it’s time to rethink your strategies and find new ways to get there.
My Goals for 2019
With all this talk about how to achieve your goals this year, I’m sure you’re curious what mine are. I’ve actually broken them down into 3 categories: personal, physical and professional.
- Visit at least 3 places off of my bucket list (some of which include the Magic Castle in Hollywood, Catalina Island and Big Bear)
- Live more intentionally
- Stop letting “the small stuff” get me down (there will always be ups and downs along the way)
- In 2018 after my attempt at being an online trainer failed, I lost sight of physical goals. I’ve always been active but I ended the year in the worst physical shape I’ve ever been in. My goal is to find joy in exercising again and learn to love my body for what it can do instead of hating it for what I can’t change.
Also, I’ve created a new 12 week fitness program for myself that I plan to share in a future post.
- Continue to grow my blog and Instagram account
- Grow my income by 5%
Happy New Year and thanks so much for reading and following along!