Counting Down My Top 8 Goals for 2018

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I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. Why wait a whole year to change something when you could do it today or tomorrow? At least that has always been my frame of mind. But I can see why resolutions are so powerful and so popular. New year, new me, right? Plus, everyone else is doing it, so you have the accountability of millions of people.

Whether we’re setting goals or resolutions for the new year, we have a better chance to succeed if we include three things in our plan: why we’re setting that goal, a system to accomplish that goal, and some kind of accountability. Here are my top 8 goals for 2018 with all three of these things explained.

 

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Pay off my car by March

Why: As we all know, next to the mortgage or rent, car payments are a constant drag on the purse. With this payment done, we’ll be able to redirect this resource to our other bills.

System: We bought my car on a 0% APR plan that was scheduled to be paid off in 5 years. In March 2018 it will be five years.

Accountability: My financial company. LOL.

 

 

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Walk in the park once a week starting in January

Why: I’m turning 33 in 2018 (YIKES!). I hate going to the gym. I hate running. I definitely don’t exercise regularly. So that leaves one thing: a walk in the park. LOL (I'm tryin', ok?)

System: I’m bundling this activity with some books that I want to listen to and a slew of podcasts that I’ve been trying to make time for.

Accountability: I’m going to make this a one-month challenge starting in January, so hopefully the challenge (announced on social media) will help keep me accountable.

 

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Roll out my monthly newsletter for my blog in January

Why: After a year of blogging, I want to offer more value to my readers. Not only will readers on my email list just get emails when a blog post goes up, but they’ll also get book recommendations, free printables and downloads, and inspirational stories and videos.

System: I’m planning to have a template that can be filled in throughout the month. That way I don’t have to create one from scratch every month at the last minute.

Accountability: My blog readers.

 

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Pay off a $2900 credit card by December

Why: Um, yeah, so a few years ago I kinda got roped in to this credit card with a signup bonus of 0% APR for a year and a half. Getting rid of this debt--just like the car payment--would allow me to redirect funds and would get me just a little closer to financial freedom.

System: Once I pay off my car, I will use the funds from that + the current payments I’m making on the credit card = snowball effect, allowing me to pay off the credit card in a few months. Whew.

Accountability: The interest. Ugh.

 

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Open the Cultivate & Refine Shop in January

Why: OMG, I have been thinking about this on and off throughout 2017. I love blogging, but I can’t afford to keep paying for the domain, host and email services. Having a shop would help me pay for these things so that I can keep the blog running. 

System: Breaking down the goal into small, do-able chunks. First, to have a shop, I have to create each item one at a time. Then they need to be uploaded, priced and described.

Accountability: Being able to keep this blog going so that I can help women reach their goals and tell their stories.

 

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Start revising my novel, This Destined Soul (Yes, I’ve titled it!), in March

Why: Revision is where I really get to start shaping my story and my characters, where I cut out whole paragraphs and add whole paragraphs. It's also the next stage to publication. 

System: I write best in the mornings. To get this going again, I will be going to work early and writing before 8:00 a.m.

Accountability: My younger self who didn’t have books with characters who looked like her.  

 

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Photo credit: SC Stockshop | www.scstockshop.com

Find an agent

Why: I’ve always wanted to traditionally publish my book--blame it on Little Women and Anne of Green Gables. I dream of my book arriving at the front door, wrapped in brown paper, the title of the book peeking at me as I rip the paper open. LOL, right?

System: Start researching agents who have worked with authors I like and see who is accepting queries. Then create a template query ready to work from.

Accountability: My younger self who didn’t have books with characters who looked like her.

 

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Photo credit: Twigy Posts | twigypost.com

Have a baby

Why: Sigh. This was a hard goal to say out loud, to write down, to tell people about. I wrote a whole blog post on this topic last year. The reason it's #1 on my list this year is because I’m ready.

System: Um...

Accountability: None. Because, even though it’s hard to wait, I trust that this child will come to us when he or she is ready.

 

 

Setting big goals is scary, but of all my goals, this last one is the scariest. It’s the scariest because I don’t have any control over it. But like goals 8 through 2, knowing why I’m setting it, having a system and having accountability--or a good reason why it’s not needed--will help increase my chances of accomplishing them.

Now that you know my goals, what goals are you setting for 2018? Comment below to let me know so I can cheer you on.