2018 is around the corner. Which is slightly unbelievable because 2017 flew by! It’s that time of year where everyone starts stressing over resolutions, vision boards, and goals for the new year.

An article from Forbes states that about 40% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions but only about 8% of us achieve them. One of the biggest reasons people don’t complete their resolutions is because they set goals that are wide and unfocused. A new year is a great time to set new goals. But for 2018, let’s set SMART goals and achieve them through action planning.

What is a SMART Goal?

SMART goals can help you focus and be productive when it comes to reaching them. You should not be setting goals that are unrealistic for your lifestyle. For example, saying you want to be CEO of a company with no prior experience. It’s also great if you can keep track of your progress with your goals throughout the year.

Action Planning

Creating an action plan can help you reach your goals faster. An action plan lists out the steps it would take for you to meet those goals. It helps you maintain a timeline to stay on track and keeps the goal in the front of your mind. Vision boards can be a great addition to action planning and goal setting. They help you visualize what achieving your goals would be like. They can also be a daily reminder of your goals depending on where you put it.

One last tip for reaching your New Years Resolution: start now! Find ways to enjoy the changes you are making. If you wish to eat healthier, use Pinterest to plan meals. If you plan to save money, look into apps like Acorn or books by authors like Dave Ramsey. The only thing in the way of your goals is you!

Are you setting a New Years Resolution or goals for 2018? Let me know what they are in the comments!