It seems like goal setting and goal setters fall into two different camps:

People who ask: How do I want to feel?  

and

People who ask: What do I want to do?

The feelers are all about inspiration, talking about theme words and desired feelings. The doers, on the other hand, are focusing on metrics and figuring out their action steps.

What if you made the rest of 2018 your year of doing both?

Having practical action steps to take us towards our desired feelings makes us unstoppable.  This inspiration + action combination leads us to a more successful business and a life we love…all at the same time.

12-8-blog-ig-picStart with your theme word.

How do you want to feel for the rest of 2018?  When you think about your business and your life on December 31, 2018, what word encapsulates it?

Spend some time on this. I actually used the thesaurus and the dictionary to help me arrive at my word. I thought of one word, then looked it up to see if its definition really resonated. Then I used the thesaurus to see if there was a similar word that was closer to how I wanted to feel.

And a big key point: Your word should be inspiring, not protecting. Your word should be your platform, not your cocoon. So choose a word that you can stand proudly atop of!

 Once you have your word, let’s go a little deeper.

Write 3 things that need to happen for you to feel this word.

Sometimes it’s helpful to start with why you didn’t feel this way in the beginning half of 2018.  Maybe you have chosen balance as your word for the rest of 2018.

What has felt out of balance?

Was it the time you spent working vs with your family?

Was it the amount of free content you created vs the income that came in?

Was it getting it all done, but feeling like you had no time for you?

Looking at why the past year didn’t fit your word helps tell you why the word resonates with your right now. It doesn’t mean you did anything wrong in the first half of the year. Maybe this was the first few months of your business or you were side hustling and you knew going into the rest of the year that you were going to be putting a lot of effort into your business and some other things were going to fall by the wayside…now you are ready to find more balance.

Once you know what didn’t feel ______ (insert your word), then you can be really specific on 3 end results that would help you feel that way.

Write those down.

The 3 things I need to do to feel _________ are ________, __________, __________.

When you think about your 3 things, remember to consider things in your business and your home life, because the two aren’t compartmentalized.

Now, let’s switch to action steps.

Look at the first thing you wrote on that list above. Let’s pick a different theme word to use as an example here. Perhaps your theme word is growth. The first way you want to feel growth in the remainder of 2018 is to expand your social media following.

Pick 3 actions steps you can do in the next 6 months to accomplish that end result.

For our example, you might list:

  1. Run an Instagram Challenge
  2. Learn how to run a more successful Facebook ad campaign 
  3. Be more consistent in posting on my social media channels

Now take one of your action steps and break it down into 3 tasks (or more if needed) to complete that action step.

So, the 3 tasks for “be more consistent in posting on my social media channels” might be:

  1. Set aside 1 day a month to batch write social media updates
  2. Schedule 1 hour a week to schedule posts and check in with sources of good content
  3. Download a phone app to create graphic images while I’m watching TV at night

To test your action steps so far, try writing them as a sentence:

“By setting aside 1 day a month to batch write social media updates, I’ll be able to be more consistent in posting on social media channels, which will expand my social media following which will allow me to “grow” in 2018.”

Wow.  Now you have a pretty clear path of action steps to get you to your theme word for the rest of 2018!

The last step is to decide when each of these action steps is going to occur.  Assign a specific date or time frame to each task. Maybe, in our example above, you’ll set aside the first Sunday of each month to batch write your posts or maybe you’ll download the app tomorrow afternoon.

Add that date to your calendar. Now you know that when you see that appointment on Sunday to batch write social media content, it is directly leading you towards your big feeling goal for 2018.

If that feels a little fuzzy for you, remember that your word can be tied to more tangible metrics. If you choose the word growth, you may have a metric to measure income growth — and then create your action steps to meet that goal. Either way, you can feel inspired and take action to make 2018 the year that you want it to be.