Should I wait to set my 2018 goals or set them now? The majority of people you ask would probably say, “Wait, you have plenty of time”. While the select few would say, “Begin, start to chart your course for your goals today.”
It’s Only August
I know, its only August 22nd and here we are taking about next year really? I know what you are thinking, “I haven’t even accomplished my goals for this year and you want me to think about next year!” Indeed I do.
Earl Nightingale, said it so profoundly,
“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.”
I realize that January 2018 is over four months away, however, today is the time to begin to shape where you want to go in 2018. Not in terms of vacations, while you could have a vacation goal, but more in terms of your life.
Before I provide the reasons why to take action on writing out your goals now, lets look at a few goals facts.
- 92% of all New Years resolutions fail by January 15th.
- Sharing your goals with a close ‘confide’ is proven to increase the chances of you achieve your goal.
- Only 3 out of every 100 adults write down their goals on paper.
- Setting the goals is the first step to turning the invisible into possible.
There are many other facts which can be found in this Goal Band article.
To be honest with you, if you asked me if I wrote my goals down several years ago, I would have told you “No.” After pondering why, I would have responded, “Everything is going good, I don’t need too.” So, lets be honest. Do you physically take time to write out your yearly goals? Not in your mind, on physical paper or in a journal?
Setting Your 2018 Goals Now Starts The Wave
Understanding the reasons to commit to writing you goals now will create the path forward towards achievement. Here are four reasons why now is the time to begin.
- Intention. Taking the time to write out your goals sets intention for the future. Imagine you want to take drive to a small city you don’t know the exact directions. Would you ensure to find the directions via Mapquest or in another mapping device or would begin driving and see where your vehicle takes you? Of course, you would utilize a mapping device to ensure you arrive at your destination. Writing what you want to achieve sets momentum and is the gateway to achievement.
- Allows you to take inventory. When you set your goals, if your goals are BIG you need to take inventory on what is needed to achieve. I recently heard a great interview about reverse engineering your goal to achieve on the The Side Hustle Podcast . When you do a process like this, you are taking inventory on what is needed for achievement. I believe one of the reasons many resolutions/goals fail by January 15th is that the individual didn’t take inventory. They jumped into a boat towards the goal and didn’t have any idea of what was needed.
- Separate yourself. When you think about it, are others willing to sit down in August and write out their goals for 2018? I would say the majority are not thinking about 2018. However you are different. You desire to achieve, you desire to do something and guide your life. Les Brown said, “You must be willing to do things today others won’t do, in order to have the things tomorrow others won’t have.” If you take action, which I know you will, you are in small percentage.
- Ignites the fire within. Within you there is a fire burning to achieve. You have an emotional connection to achieve. Taking the time to focus on 2018, provides the logs to ignite the fire within you. It open the possibilities within your mind and it sets the path for you to achieve.
Recently I took the time to draft out my goals and it allowed me to see clearly and identify what help and resources I need for each goal. It started the wavelength of belief needed now to reach the goals in 2018. Don’t sabotage yourself by believing it isn’t possible, trust and know possible is what you define as possible. Take the time and see the possibilities within your 2018 goals today.
To help further your clarity, share your goals with a coach, mentor or trusted friend after you write them and ask that individual to check on your progress. Allow them to be your accountability partner.
January 1st, 2018 will be here sooner than you know it. Will allow yourself to fall into the “resolution crowd” or will you set aside time on your calendar to write out your goals for 2018 now?
It’s a choice.
“Every choice you make has an end result.” – Zig Ziglar
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