How are those 2020 resolutions coming along? Have you already decided to throw in towel? Don’t despair, C2CGirl has you covered with Jackie's full goal-setting process.
1. Inventory the past year
On a scale of 1-10 rate your life in the following categories: Family/Friends, Relationship, Finances, Career, Health/Fitness, Personal Development, Spirituality… customize with other areas as needed. For example: I also have artistic and entrepreneur goals.
Once your status report is complete, what are the areas of your life you’re most content with? What are the areas where you’d like to see growth?
3. Look ahead to 2021.
Where do you want your life to be in one year? What changes would you like to see in your career, your relationships, your lifestyle, etc? Now is the time to be visionary… we will navigate how to get there in a minute.
For this step, I recommend vision boarding or journaling. Pay attention to how you feel when you’re imagining new possibilities.
4. Break down your annual goals into quarterly and monthly goals.
If you want to save $5,000, there are quarterly and monthly benchmarks that you'll need to hit along the way. I find this provides meaningful insight if you fall short of your goal. Let's think through this: To save $5,000, I'd need to save $416.67/month or $1,250/quarter. I know that twice a year I have a double pay-check but let's say in June, I have a vacation planned. I probably won't be saving $416 the same month I'm going on vacation, so I'll need to adjust my goals and plan to save more in other months if I plan to still hit my $5,000 goal.
This also works for non-numeric goals. Let's say you plan to get an agent. You're going to need to prepare your audition package, get headshots taken, commit to meeting casting directors or attending go-sees, and complete mailers. How can you quantify your success? Perhaps you decide to meet 2 casting directors per month and mail a minimum of one agency per week.
5. Write out metric-based quarterly goals.
Less than 3% of adults write their goals, yet those that do are 42% more likely to achieve their goals if they do. Even for non-numeric goals as discussed above, how can you quantify success?
Instead of “get fit” or “lose weight” try “commit to strength training a minimum of three days per week.”
6. Design accountability systems.
I have various trackers that use to hold myself accountable. Some ideas include: create a chart, use a checklist, find an accountability partner, enroll in a regular class/coaching, and my weekly check-in date.
7. REVIEW YOUR GOALS!
According to Brian Tracy, less than 1% of people review their goals on a daily basis. EVERY weekend, I make a point of reviewing my goals. I physically write out what my weekly wins were and what my actions steps are for the following week.
8. Daily Action Steps
EVERY DAY, I write out my goals on a post-it note. I take inventory to remind myself if there is anything I can do today to be even one step closer to achieving my goal. When I launched Commit to the Crown's product line, there were tons of steps- everything from writing the questions, authoring the study materials, licensing the music, etc. Breaking down a huge task into bite size pieces, helped me achieve my March 1st launch goal.
9. Celebrate your Success!
Be sure to celebrate your successes. Along with tracking my goals, I set rewards and write out my "why." For example, when I was paying off a credit card my "why's" included mantras such as "debt free by 30" and "your credit score will be great!" I also promised (and delivered) to myself a spa day.
What's your goal setting process? Tell me your tips/tricks in the comments below.
NYC pageant coach Jackie Schiffer is passionate about helping women find their voices. Her international client roster includes women competing at the local, national and international level. Currently, she serves on the national coaching team for Miss Earth USA, USA National Miss, Miss Global United States, Mrs. Universal, and more.