If you know me, you know that I am a planner. I plan for everything. I am also a very scheduled person as well. So I try to stick with it all.
I have spreadsheets for my budget. I set money aside for things, I have an emergency savings. I even have a budget of where I should be saving.
From groceries to school supplies to big purchases to gas, I plan and budget.
My budget is what keeps my family organized. I went from a single mom of 1 son and a dog to in a relationship with a boyfriend and 3 more sons. That’s right, family of 6 with a pup. We need to plan and budget.
My budget is so extreme my oldest son has this joke about when he wants something that cost a little more he says “Mom, put it on the budget.” LOL
Oh the possibilities!
With 2019 right around the corner, I have already started planning my new year. I set goals for myself and I do my best to crush them.
Reasons you should be setting goals for 2019
1. Goals help you stay on track.
When setting goals for yourself make them realistic. If your goal is outrageous you won’t be able to accomplish it. If there is no drive to do it then you won’t get it done.
I can hear you say “Crystal, I set goals to challenge myself and push myself.” That’s true but if your goal isn’t realistic you’ll get bored and then the goal will be a memory. You want goals that are a little far away but close.
2. Know your goals – have a plan of action
Sit down with yourself and really think about what you would like to accomplish in 2019.
Not a New Year, New You but more of what do I want for myself, what do I want to accomplish. Create a vision board for yourself. Keep your eye on the prize!
When you have your goals in front of you, you are less likely to forget why you are working so hard.
Keep track of where you are with your goals. (Next post I will share how I do these things myself) One of my goals for 2019 is to lose 40lbs. I have a notebook to track my progress.
You don’t want to get discouraged and throw the whole goal away.
When you set your goals, this means you’re holding yourself accountable. You have this in line with your life and you are going for it.
Remember a little progress everyday will eventually get you to that goal. Progress not perfection.
4. Feeling of Accomplishment
When I crush my goals, I really like looking back at where I was, how far I have come and the joy of accomplishing it. I create my own happiness by minding my business and accomplishing my goals.
I can tell you from experiencing I have never accomplished a goal by minding someone else’s business. You lose focus that way.
You are your only comparison so there is not a need to not mind your own business.
5. Preparing helps in the long run
Have you ever done something at the last minute? How did that turn out? I plan so I can enjoy. I plan vacations ahead of time, I plan for our date nights, I plan when I shop. This helps me stay in alignment with my goals. When preparing you set the tone for what you want.
Book that trip, set your goal and plan for it. Have that wedding, move to that city, buy what you want.
All these things are very attainable and you can have them. You just have to set goals to get there and a plan a long the way.
No, I am not a boring person and yes, at first it’s hard. You have to train your brain and this does impact the lives of others around you. Not in bad way but if the people in your life aren’t encouraging you or trying to help you, this could be difficult.
Remember this is your vision, not theirs. People only see at their level not yours. This is for you, not them.
Pray about your goals
You know before I start anything I pray about it. I ask God to help me with clarity. It took me a while to get everything together but I never prayed about it, I just did.
Without prayer and direction from God, you could be spinning your wheels and going absolutely no where.
So remember to talk to God about your goals. Make sure those prayers are in aligned with your goals and ask God for his continued guidance a long the way.
2019 is your year to shine!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!