If you’ve been following along here since the beginning of the new year you’ll notice there’s been a lot of talk about my 20 in 2020 goals. These are 20 things that I want to strive for this year and are a healthy mix of short and long term goals. I personally believe in the approach of goal setting because it makes me feel like I’m always improving and becoming a better version of myself. By having these things to work towards, my overall wellness has improved and I can begin to see and feel a notable difference in my reactions to everyday stress.
When it comes to making goals I’m the kind of person that needs to write them down – and I know there are tons of people out there just like me. Forbes wrote an article about Dr. Gail Matthews, from Dominican University in California, who conducted a study on just this very thing.
Her study goes on to show that those who followed a specific method that includes not just writing goals down, but committed to an action plan, had accountability by sharing their goals with others, and routinely checked in on their progress, had a higher achievement rate than those who didn’t.
Empowered by this, and so much other research about the subject, I created a little workbook that helps me see the big picture of my goals and helps me tackle them in bite sized pieces. Better yet, I’m offering this Goal Getter workbook as an exclusive printable (see the bottom of this post for the details!). In the meantime, let’s take a peek inside…
Become a Goal Getter in 2020
Getting those goals…
It all begins with deciding what your goals will be. Because it’s a new decade I went with 20 in 2020, but you can have as many or as little goals as you want. Be inspired by all the things you want to do in these next twelve months that will grow your mind, body, and soul.
As you can see, I chose things like pay off debts, train for a 5k, watch Casablanca all the way through…and so on. There are some goals that are more long term than others and a few that may not even be fully accomplished by December (like learning basic French). It’s all good…
Breaking it down…
This workbook is specifically designed to help break down the goals we originally set out to get at and break them down into more manageable pieces. Each page is dedicated to a particular aspect of goal setting and finding ways to be accountable and develop an action plan. From my 20 in 2020 list I will categorize them by short and long term goals, from there I will break them down even further into easy actions or habits. That way I’m consistently seeing our progress!
For example, paying off debt is definitely a long term goal – it’s going to take us a few months, at least, to make a considerable dent. Knowing that and not wanting to stare at this unfulfilled goal all year long, I’m breaking it down into smaller goals or habits that will help me accomplish the larger goal of paying off the debt. I can do things such as meal plan, read Dave Ramsay’s books (with my FIL gifted us this Christmas), and stick to his envelope system. Those are all habits that I need to stay on top of if I want to be able to cross this goal off my list by the end of the year.
Celebrating those wins!
I love sharing out the tools that are giving me actual results – and this Goal Getter workbook has allowed me to better visualize what I need to do in order to find success.
A year is a long time to keep up with something we set for ourselves back in January. There’s a reason most Americans give up on their New Year’s resolutions within a few weeks. Not me! And not you either! There’s a simple way to keep the momentum going and that’s by consistently checking in with your progress and seeing where you can celebrate those wins!
Throughout the workbook you’ll find pages that help you determine your rewards. These rewards are meant to be experienced throughout this process and not just something you’re dangling over yourself until you can cross a goal off (although that’s a moment to be celebrated, too!). Give yourself the permission to feel good in your progress because every little action should be recognized!
Keeping the momentum going…
Have a few goals left over? Is it already nearing the end of the year? Yeah, it’s going to happen. For me, learning basic French is one of my long term goals and one I know I’m probably not going to be able to officially cross off – because learning a language takes years to even be basic at. Even though I know this, by breaking my goal down into manageable habits (like spend time on Duolingo at least 1-2x a week), I’m still making progress.
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