Goal Setting for a StyleBoss + Free Goal Setting Printable
StyleBoss women know that no matter what you want out of life – success, prosperity, love, happiness, serenity, a great job, a great relationship, a great body – you can’t get there unless you know exactly where you’re headed.
Before taking on any journey, it is absolutely essential you know where you want to go. But in order to plot your course (and recognize it when you get there) you need to know exactly what this thing looks like and where it can be found. These destinations we call goals have been shown to be the #1 factor in predicting success.
But there’s more to writing goals than scribbling, “1. Make a million dollars, 2. Start a business, 3. Be athletic, 4. Change the world.” on the back of a post-it note. Here are some secrets that make goal-setting as powerful as possible for me.
How can you begin to go on a journey if you don’t know where you want to go? You can’t just wish for it and have it magically appear. Visualize your goal first. Figure out exactly what you want. I recommend creating a vision board. Mine is entirely made up of pictures of fashion bloggers and women that inspire me, such as Marianna Hewitt. Marianna is someone who inspires me as a successful lifestyle blogger and a self-made entrepreneur. Having successful women that you look up to, who do what you want to do, helps you focus on your goal and be able to learn from the people actually doing it. Write down your goals, and keep them where you can see them every day.
Choose Realistic Timelines
If you say “I want to run a marathon next week” and the closest thing to a marathon you’ve done is on Netflix, you might be setting yourself up for failure, which will discourage you from achieving that goal at all. Be realistic so you don’t feel so much pressure, but still set a deadline to get your butt off the couch.
Share with an Accountability Partner
Having an accountability partner can be very valuable. Mine is my fiancé. He is someone I look up to and is very successful, so having him as my accountability partner makes it easy. He keeps me honest about my goals and supports my road to success. Ask someone that you trust to check in with you about your goal on a schedule (every week, every month etc.) to ensure you are making progress. Choose wisely though: they are allowed to harass you if you slack off.
Start Small, Then Grow
If you don’t have a lot of experience setting goals and following through, start with small, short term goals first (e.g. I want to write a blog a week. All while starting work on other content and growing my network through other channels). These little wins will motivate you to make bigger goals. You can have short term goals and long term goals, and you should be updating these as you grow in life and business and your wants and needs change. Remember, they can always change.
Save Room for Big Picture Goals
Finally, don’t be afraid to set at least one incredibly huge long term goal: bigger than you could ever hope to accomplish. So lofty a goal that anyone might have trouble believing you. Don’t worry so much about how you will get there. If life is like a road trip, then you can’t expect to see every inch of road before you head out. You just have to trust that if you keep following your directions, you’ll get to your destination.
StyleBoss, here is your free goal setting printable (click the image, then print):