Bold Goal Planning for 2014

2014. A fresh slate. I love the New Year. Not only do you get to reflect on your accomplishments of the past year but it’s the perfect time to set new goals. New goals give you something to work for and if you’re like me, you LOVE crossing things off your to do list. Goals are hard. Success cannot be achieved without sacrifice and dedication. You won’t reach any of your goals taking shortcuts. 2014 is your year to face your goals head on and boldly go places you’ve never been before.

Boldly Dive In

There will always be re-runs of your favorite show on TV. Your bed will always be comfortable. The Internet will never run out of things to read. I get it, we’re all busy and there will always be an easy way out. I’ll admit, sometimes I get sucked into the couch and just don’t feel like getting up. We all need breaks, but you’ll never achieve your goals vegging on the couch watching reruns.

Getting started is tough, and it can be uncomfortable pushing yourself out of your usual comfort zone. The best way to get started is to boldly dive in.

Map Out Your Goals

Inspiration can go a long way in helping you achieve your goals. Blinded by inspiration, you can do anything you set your mind to. A lot yourself time to sit and daydream about success and determine what success looks like for you. Success could be a number of things it could be: getting a promotion, applying for grad school, paying off a credit card, saving up for a new car. The possibilities are endless. Ask yourself, what kind of person do I want to be this time next year? Take this image and write down the steps you need to accomplish to get there.

Study Up

2014 is about being bold, but also being smart. Last year I set the goal of apply to grad school (which I accomplished). Ok great, grad school sounds like a good idea but what goes into applying for grad school? Lots of things: GRE/GMAT, recommendations, applications, researching funding and university programs. It’s a process.

Make sure you do your do diligence and research the steps that lead to success. Set timetables and deadlines for yourself to complete the intermediate steps which ultimately lead to achieving your goal. Understand some goals come with risk, and make sure you clearly understand what you are accomplishing by achieving this goal.

Copy, Paste, Repeat

Chances are your goals won’t be something earth shattering and you won’t be pioneering something completely new. Read: many someones have accomplished this goal before. Do not be afraid to copy their success. Look for models and people you can emulate. Follow their path to success but be sure to learn from their mistakes.

Small Steps, Big Success

As we talked about before, goal setting can be difficult and overwhelming. When you’re writing down your 2014 goals and completing your research, break down each goal into mini goals. Small tasks are much easier to achieve and digest, making the larger task at hand more comprehendible and thus more likely to achieve.

Balancing Act

Success comes with sacrifice. But success isn’t everything. Learning to balance your work priorities, personal goals and personal life is difficult, but will lead to a happier life. Work hard, but leave time for breaks and always give your self nights off to see friends and family. You can do everything, it just takes some killer time management skills.

Dream big and bold for 2014. Stand by your choices. Learn to balance your time and don’t be afraid to cross off your achievements, big or small. What are your 2014 goals?

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