I spent the last few days of 2017 brainstorming and reflecting, all while working through goals and ideas for 2018. 2017 was the year I found my niche, really made strides in the business, refused to quit, and understood the importance of growing slow. I had high hopes for 2017, grand plans and ideas, and while all of my grand plans didn't actually pan out, it taught me to set better goals for 2018 and gave me a better understanding of expectations and growth.
Are you ready to set your self up for success in 2018? Let's do this!
I'm excited and nervous for 2018. Excited for the possibilities and hopeful for God's abundance. I'm trusting in His provision for our family and the business, and I'm excited for how things will grow. I worked through Lara Casey's Goal Setting Guide to get ready for 2018. I highly recommend both, the Goal Setting Guide and the Cultivate Power Sheets, if you are looking to cultivate good goals and make waves in the season ahead. I loved working through my 2018 goals with Lara, and I encourage you to do the same. They are thoughtful and full of guidance and examples.
If you're looking to make strides in your business this season, I recommend goal setting to get you started.
I set 6 intentional goals for self growth and business growth and I'm excited to share them with you. Here are my goals for 2018!
GOAL 1: Cultivate confidence in my work, and in who God made me. Believe in myself and my abilities. One of my greatest struggles is believing I'm enough, believing I'll make it, believing I can do it, believing in myself. It's time for real change in this area of my life, and I'm going to prayerfully surrender this to God, as He helps me believe His truth about me.
STARTING STEPS: Memorize scripture of God's truth about me. Pray through the scripture and replace negative self-talk with positive self-talk.
For me, this falls into both work and personal goals. Cultivating confidence in who God made me will help me serve better, it will help me grow deep roots in my faith and it will prepare me for new growth in the future.
GOAL 2: Cultivate a heart to serve more. This goes along with my word of the year, ServeLight. I made this word up, but it helps me to understand that I don't serve well out of my own strength, but out of the strength of Jesus.
STARTING STEPS: This goal sets the foundation for goals 3, 4, 5, and 6. Serving my family, friends, and clients/customers well.
This is a personal and work goal too. I know I can get tied up in my work in fear that I won't get "everything" done. I need to let this go and trust that Jesus is the one making strides in the business. I want to cultivate a heart that prioritizes serving my family, friends, clients, and customers, instead of getting distracted by to-do lists or fearing I'm not doing enough (there's that enough word again. ;) I believe focusing on serving is where real growth happens.
GOAL 3: Healthy financial management and paying off the remainder of our student loans (become debt free!) We're so close! We've run the numbers and we're praying that this year will be our final year with debt! I've been thinking a lot about our journey to become debt free. I want to share it with you, but I want to make it actionable, so I'll be praying that God helps me create content that well best serve you.
STARTING STEPS: Serve our family by being consistent and disciplined with our budget. Praying over our budget and new income possibilities with Tyler.
I believe that healthy financial management in our personal budget will spill over into healthy finacial management in the business budget, win win!
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GOAL 4: Cultivate discipline and consistency. I listed a variety of things when working through goal ideas and I saw a pattern with discipline and consistency, so that became the foundation for this goal. I want to cultivate discipline and consistency in the following;
- Workout routine
- Healthy eating
- Self growth
- At home routine
- Business growth
I want to cultivate consistency with less distractions and more discipline and margin.
- Plan for the Tone It Up detox
- Continue with P90X3 workouts
- Make a list of 12 books to read for this year
- Create a weekly checklist for home chores/needs
- Create a weekly and monthly checklist for business maintenance
GOAL 5: Make memories and archive them in print. Tyler and I used to be really great at taking pictures and making memories. I want to make sure we get back to this and become more intentional about archiving our memories with yearbooks.
STARTING STEPS: Start organizing photos for the 2018 yearbook. Make a list of life events to make into books; start with our wedding and our Philippines trip, ect.
GOAL 6: Serve, steward, and pray over the business well. This one is kind of broad, so I broke down this years tangible goals.
- Serve and grow my email list to 5,000
- Create quality content that serves my clients and customers, helping them to do business well.
- Determine quarterly goals that lead to greater business growth.
- Create opt-in for email list
- Outline and create freebies to serve my clients and customers
- Outline shot list to best serve customer needs
- Finish Member Library and launch!
I haven't always felt like I was good at setting goals, so if you are feeling the same way or feeling overwhelmed, start small. Write out a few ideas, take a break, and come back to it again. I spent a few days reflecting on 2017 and coming up with goal ideas for 2018. It doesn't have to be perfect, tidy or neat. Write down a few ideas, your hopes, your dreams, and take one small step at a time.
January is the perfect time to set goals for the new year. It's never too early or too late to start. What are some of your goals for this year? Share below in the comments. I would love to encourage you! xoxo. Samantha