New Year, New M-...NOPE: How To Really Goal Set And Have A Prosperous 2018

Sunday, December 31, 2017

If you have posted anything even remotely close to the phrase "new year, new me" my blog probably isn't the place for you.

While I whole heartedly believe that people should mature and grow throughout the course of the year and their lives. The whole idea of "new year, new me" has always been irksome to me. 

Why must you wait to the new year to become a new you?
What exactly are you changing?
Why must you announce it?

More often than not even uttering the phrase is a clear indication that ain't nothing fittin to change for you patna. 

Instead of becoming a new person next year, a better focus of time and energy would be put into goal setting. 

Check out my tips below on how to goal set for 2018 to help ensure you have the most prosperous year yet! Also get a sneak peek inside my 10 goals for the new year.

-How To Goal Set-


Writing down anything-- no matter if it's your goals, a shopping list or what you plan to say to that certain someone who needs to be set straight (wait...personal moment lol sorry). Writing things down makes them real and gives you something visual and tangible to hold yourself accountable to. Also writing things down is a good way to cement them in your life...when doing this use the words "i will" instead of "i want to" make it real with your words. 

So...write your goals down and repeat them daily. Become familiar with your wants, hopes and dreams.

2) S.M.A.R.T Goals 

Many have heard of S.M.A.R.T goals they are goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound. Using this method when setting goals helps you narrow things down from the big picture to the real deal goal. 

For example instead of having a goal of "seeing the country" your goal could be to "to have completed my road trip across the country by December 25th 2018". Which hits every point of the S.M.A.R.T goal method above.

3) Attainable Goals v.s. Aspirational Goals 

While this may be completely opposite of what the A in S.M.A.R.T goals stands for. I personally believe that you should set goals that you not only believe are attainable. But you should also create goals that are Aspirational in the fact that they motivate and push you to be more. 

Don't just focus on your strengths but also focus on building beyond your weaknesses. Give yourself a goal or to that will really keep you up at night. No matter if that be because you really want it or because it drives you to be better and accomplishing it seemed like a distant reality. Because when you do, you'll feel that much more empowered. 


You can't walk before you crawl. 

More often then not people make a goal with no idea of how they are going to achieve it. MAJOR KEY...

Once you write your goal, write the details steps of what you need to do to make it happen. Not only will this help you make it happen but it will also put things in perspective. 

The biggest killer of an amazing goal is no damn plan. Write down your steps.

5) Positivity Is Key

Speak positivity into your goals not only when you talk about them but when you write them down. Write from a place of positive thought and not negative thought. 

What do I mean?

Instead of writing down a goal of "i want to reduce loss of contracts" try "I will hold on to all existing contracts this year" or instead of "I don't want to be broke" try "I will increase my savings by 100%"

Wording is important ya know.

6) Accountability Partner 

When it really comes down to it no matter how you slice it, sticking to goals is hard af. No matter if they are fitness, business, financial, relationship, life or personal. One great thing to have (not with all goals but some) is a accountability partner. 

A person that will check in on you and make sure you are still doing what you need to in order to keep moving towards your finish line. Then when you're not, kick your butt in gear and make sure you get back on track.

Find a good one and get to work!


Now heres the part where I let you in on a little of my 2018 plans. When it comes to setting goals I'm one of those people who fall in the  "those who can't do, teach" category lol. I can give you advice till I'm blue in the face but setting my own goals is always a bit of a struggle.

But, I'm trying to be better so here we are. 

My personal goal for 2018 are highly based off of what I saw myself accomplish in 2017 and what I saw I was too afraid to try and or didn't make time for in 2017. 

So no new me...same ol me with better sense, better intentions and more ambition.

I strongly suggest taking inventory of where you fell short in 2017 and use these learnings to push you further in 2018.

1) I Will Take At Least 4 Personal Trips In 2018

I did hardly ANY traveling in 2017 mainly because I was too scared to go anywhere, not in 2018.

2) I Will Save At Least Double What I Saved This Year By My Birthday

This money will probably wind up going into funding my trips but hey...saving is saving.

3) I Will Spend More Time With Friends Making Memories

A majority of 2017 was spent alone for me, for personal/health reasons...I didn't like that. 

Also contrary to popular belief...yes, I have real friends lol like REAL FRIENDS however I don't put them on social often because they did not sign up for this "blogger life" I did...I respect other peoples space.

4) I Will Book At Least 2 Paid Jobs A Month From Blogging

This is actually a super easy goal that I just didn't focus on in 2017...2018 will be different. 
This will NOT effect my post quality, I will still only be working with brands I stand behind and believe in and truly think work. Dollars don't compromise my integrity <3

5) I Will Advance To The Next Level In My Career Before August 2018

In 2017 I said I would have a new job by my birthday. Check. Now I want to move to the next step in 2018.

6) I Will Give Back More

I have this want to get involved with giving back, working with kids, charity etc. I have not flushed this idea all the way out yet in progress, stay tuned.

7) I Will Reclaim My Body. Physically, Mentally And Spiritually.

I want to highly improve my self care and workout regimen. No matter if thats giving myself a extra 10 mins in the morning to get my life together or working out 5 days a week. Thats TBD but changes will happen.

7.5) I Will Attend Church Physically 2 Sundays A Month, Every Month From January To December of 2018

Self explanatory.

8) I Will Read At Least 2 Book A Month Every From January To December Of 2018

I used to read...alot, I don't anymore. That needs to change.

9) Get The Checks, Get Choose, Get The Ring In 2018.

Lmao, so this is loosely based off of a post I saw on Instagram. But honestly, increasing my income, and settling down are high on the list of goals.

10)  I Will Enter 2019 In The Best Shape Of My Life (physically, mentally and spiritually), Fulfilled And Completely Happy.

All encompassing. Always the end goal.

So...what's on your goal list for 2018?

Let me know in the comments below.

Until Next Time,
Happy New Year
XO Deanna 


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  2. Since I have accomplished paying off my car and student loans in 2017. My one main goal is to increase my savings account and have an wmwmegengcy fund.

    Victoria. Greenville,SC IG @_wikolia

  3. I’m so glad you posted about creating a SMART goal. I’m a teacher and we use the SMART(R) - specific; measurable; achievable; relevant; timely; rigorous - goal to address desired academic outcomes for our students. It’s nice to see it discussed in one’s personal life.

    Speaking of teaching - I’m a middle school educator and my new goal is to get to work 30 min early each day (which will be a personal challenge because I’m not a morning person and school starts at 7:15) so that I can have time to reflect and meditate before my students arrive. Teaching is very taxing and it takes a toll on one’s mental stability. Reflecting and meditating will not only be beneficial for my mental health, but I’m sure it will boost my physical health, as well.

    Crystal - Alexandria, Va (by way of Temple Hills, Md... PG girl at heart lol) - IG: almondeyeddoll

  4. I plan to be more “present” Being an introvert I always op out and stay home. Then regret it when I see my friends having fun.
    Instagram: mrs.mking

  5. My goals are to launch my blog and YouTube channel and be consistent, do more brand ambassador opportunities this year, build the several businesses hubby and I have started, encourage more people to live a life full of fitness and wellness, pay down debt and save for a house. Very tall orders for someone that works full time and has two kids and all the other thing life throws at me. But I must believe it can be done because I have a bigger purpose than this 9-5 and I'm claiming a change! These tips will definitely help me. Thanks for sharing and inspiring! I'm in Silver Spring MD. ...April at IG: applemacg

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