How does the word “accountability” feel to you? Does it feel heavy, scary, and suffocating, like you want to run away because “you don’t wanna have to answer to no one!”? Or, does it inspire, motivate, and energize you because you want to be able to share your journey with others which includes both your wins and your losses?
My hope is that if you are feeling the former (meaning, hatin’ on the word accountability because it makes you cringe), my hope would be that you can play a game of shifting your perspective to begin seeing accountability as more of a fun sharing game rather than an activity where you think you’re going to get in trouble.
Therefore, that is why in this post, I want to share with you my specific aims for 2018 so that I can be held accountable to making progress towards completing them by being able to share my journey throughout the year. Hopefully you’ll get some cool tips on how to accomplish some of your aims/goals too especially if you share some of the same ones that I have on my list! AND, if I have some not-so-positive experiences that one could label as “failures,” those are great opportunities for learning so I’ll be sure to share those too.
Okee-dokes, here goes.
I have 9 aims that I am working towards this year. Why 9? No big reason, really. I was going for 10 and I did not feel moved to write a 10th aim so I stuck with 9.
Which leads me to tip #1 for you — refrain from being a perfectionist and biting off too many goals just because you think you have to do them or that you need to achieve some random number. Instead, select your goals because your Heart lights up because they are on the list. That’s a key to beginning to enjoy your life more. 🙂
All righty, here are my 9 aims:
- Feel confident as a blogger.
- Feel confident in my ability to create informational videos for CompletingThings TV (my YouTube channel).
- Establish a BUJO (Bullet Journaling)/GTD (Getting Things Done) system that I LOVE!
- Feel confident in my ability to attract wealth. Raise my prosperity vibes surrounding money.
- Continue Awareness Practice through space consciousness, directing attention, and living in the Now.
- Have at minimum 10 fun adventures.
- Achieve lifetime status in Weight Watchers (which means I have achieved my goal weight and maintained it).
- Learn to handletter (i.e. do modern calligraphy)
- Learn to golf.
I crafted the above list with three types of goals in mind:
- How I want to feel
In some goal-setting systems, there usually is a heavy emphasis on stating extremely clear results (examples: I want to weigh 118 pounds by April 2, 2018. Or, I want to attract $10,000 by June 12, 2018.) I call these results-oriented goals because they are targeting a very specific and measurable aim. Results-oriented goals are awesome because they are very specific, however, they can be paralyzing at the same time because one’s brain can be freaking out saying, “How? How specifically am I going to achieve that?!!” If you discover that your brain is going nutto and you are not inspired by what you have written, then try crafting your goal as something that you want to feel or a skill you want to build.
By writing your aim/goal in such a way that jazzes your socks off i.e. makes you wanna dance in the streets, then you will be pulled towards wanting to work on your goals rather than having to force yourself to make progress on them.
Therefore, to be explicit, tip #2 – write your goals in such a way that makes you want to work on them rather than having to force yourself to make progress on them.
Last tip, tip #3 – give yourself and your accountability buddies status updates of how your progress is going on your aims/goals.
The biggest challenge to achieving goals is that sometimes we forget what we even committed to! Life gets filled with the day-to-day activities of being human and we forget about the aspirations that we had to be a happy, fulfilled, and inspired human.
Write your aims down (here’s a template I call the Northstar Aims document, then read this post about how to fill it out) and create a check-in schedule with yourself and, ideally, with others who support you, to check-in regarding the progress you are making on your aims. Checking in is not to punish you, but to allow you to stay connected to what you committed to and share your journey.
You are the hero of your story and we want to hear how your adventures are going! Share them with us so we can cheer you on!
- Refrain from being a perfectionist and taking on too many goals. Only keep goals on your list that come from your Heart.
- Write your goals in such a way that makes you WANT to work on them.
- Give yourself and your accountability buddies regular status updates.
Take some time to review your aims/goals and make sure they inspire you and that they are written in a way that makes you want to work on them.
Share your goals with others that support you! I would love to hear what your 2018 goals are. Please share them in the comments below so we can help cheer you on!
High-fives to your success!