What your 2018 goals are missing

By this point in January, you’ve probably made some goals for the upcoming year. Maybe you made a list of New Year’s resolutions for your business. Maybe you picked a word for the year. Maybe you created some audacious goals, wrote them down on a big sheet of paper and hung them in your office where you’ll see them every day. 

I’m a hell yes for all of that. BUT I also want to jump in here and share a little piece of advice because, too often, I see creatives and entrepreneurs stop too soon in the goal-setting process. I see them set their goals, then forget to take the next steps – the very steps that will increase their likelihood of getting where they want to go.

And because I am ALL about helping you reaching your goals this year, I want to show you how to take the next steps in the goal setting process in a really simple way. All you need to do is ask yourself two questions. (Yes, here I am again asking questions – I just can’t help myself because the right questions create so much clarity.)

First, I want you to look at the goals on your list and, one by one, ask yourself why do I want to reach this goal? This question is key because it will help you uncover what I call the "goal behind the goal". When you understand the deeper purpose a goal serves, it provides you with the kind of unshakeable determination and motivation you need to work toward it. Think of it this way: it’s the difference between saying I want to double my income this year and I want to double my income because it means I can leave my corporate job and finally go full time in my business.

The second question you want to ask yourself about each goal is how will I make this happen? Too often, we set goals and forget to attach them to action plans – and without a plan, it’s next to impossible to reach the goal you’re chasing. Asking yourself how you’ll make a goal happen gets your brain thinking creatively and constructively so you can map out a simple action plan. If you wanted to double your income, for example, an action plan might include mapping out revenue streams to make that happen. Like I said, pretty simple, but you need that kind of detail and clarity so you can start working toward your goal.

As you use these questions to take your goal-setting process a little deeper, I’d love to hear from you. So please comment below and tell me one goal you’re working on this year and why it matters to you.

With love,

Ashley

P.S. Remember the holiday giveaway I did for free coaching calls in December? Well, I’ve decided to continue to give away a free coaching call EVERY month for all of 2018. To get details about this new monthly giveaway, all you have to do is join my free Facebook community, The Simplified Entrepreneur. (And let me just say that we keep things simple and low-key so this group won’t be another distraction for you.) If you’re not yet a member, you can join the group here. If you’re already part of this intimate community, watch for news on how to win the January session later this week.