Goal-setting for the New Year

2019 was a year full of growth and development for our team at L&B Direct, and we hope it was a year to remember for you too. We’re constantly looking for ways to sharpen our saw and what better time to begin than during the New Year? We hope you’ll join us in making 2020 a year that we can all be proud of. So, let’s get down to business and set some goals!

First thing’s first- it’s important to define what it is you want to achieve by the end of the year. There are two main types of goals people tend to develop: personal and professional. Think of your big-picture goals for each category, the things you’ll feel most proud of when you finish them. Once you can envision these, write them down. Keep your pen handy because we’ll be writing more!

Once you’ve written them down, we’re going to take it up a notch and make it even more visual. How so? With vision boards! Think of these as your own personal Pinterest boards. Get creative with them! You can cut out images from magazines, print images, draw, etc. The options are endless and you should do whatever will serve and motivate you best. Let’s pretend you’re printing pictures. You’ll want to create a board for each categorized big-picture goal and place images that get you excited to take on the challenge and reach the final destination. Once you are finished, hang them up in your office or a space where you can see them daily. Let these be an inspiration to keep crushing your goals!

“Don’t look at the big picture as the only achievement. Start with set, smart goals and work up to something bigger.” –Jordyn Wieber

Next, it’s time to create smaller goals that will ultimately help you reach your big-picture goal. Let’s call them your “stepping-stone” goals. Say your professional big-picture goal is to save $10,000 by the end of the year. What stepping stones do you need to create the path to that money? You’ll need to make sure you have a savings account, decide how much you’ll transfer from each paycheck, and what you’ll be doing to earn this money. 

To make all of these smaller goals possible, self-imposed deadlines are necessary. If you don’t put a time stamp on them, it is likely they will get pushed back and procrastinated further than you’d like. Make sure to write these down so your deadlines are clear. We want to be successful, and we know you do too. So, set strong deadlines for yourself and make sure to stay accountable. If you find yourself having trouble staying on track, ask a family member or friend to hold you accountable to your deadlines. There’s no shame in asking for a little support.

 “Big-picture thinkers broaden their outlook by striving to learn from every experience. They don’t rest on their successes, they learn from them.”John C. Maxwell

We know that big-picture goals can seem far away, and maybe even a bit daunting, but that is what makes achieving them that much better. Let’s recap how to ring in the New Year with strong goal-setting, shall we?

Define what it is you want to achieve personally and professionally. These are your big-picture goals. Write them down!

  1. Create vision boards.
  2. Come up with your stepping-stone goals. Grab that pen again and write them down!
  3. Set self-imposed deadlines. You guessed it, write these down too.
  4. (Optional) Ask a family member or friend to hold you accountable.

At L&B Direct, we believe in setting our sights on our end-goals and hustling until they become reality. We want the same for you too. Let’s make 2020 an unstoppable year! Are you with us?

For more information on who we are, what we do, and some extra motivation, we encourage you to like us on Facebook. Happy goal-setting!

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