2018 is the year of greatness. Let me say it again. 2018 is the year of greatness. I cannot accept failure in this new year. I’ve had a tumultuous 2017; it’s destroyed me as much as it built me. But in this new year, I’m ready to grab it by the horns and show it who’s boss. I’m ready for 2018 to be as good to me as 2017 was to Cardi B. With that being said, I’d love to share some tips to help you have the most amazing year ever, too.
Before you begin speaking your 2018 plans and aspirations into existence, you have to assess your 2017. You must analyze what worked in your favor, as well as what worked against you. Not long ago, I got coffee with my former supervisor. We reflected on our year and thought we hadn’t accomplished much. Then she had us break up the year into quarters. By picking a major achievement in each quarter, we realized we accomplished so much more than we gave ourselves credit for. Take a second to write down your quarterly accomplishments of 2017. Here are mine:
- January to March: I moved into my own apartment.
- April to June: I graduated from Georgetown University with my Master’s degree.
- July to September: I took a Girls Trip to New Orleans; my new favorite place in the USA.
- October to December: I got an awesome new job!
Now that you’ve highlighted your accomplishments, you’re probably feeling pretty good about yourself, huh? Yeah, girl! You had a great year. And if you’re struggling to write a highlight, consider the fact that you survived. You survived that breakup. You got a new job after losing your old one. Your family is healthy. The greatest achievements don’t always have to be glamorous or large. If anything, you survived this year. Let’s set the foundation for how you will thrive in the new year.
When, it comes to New Year’s resolutions, people often never meet them because the goal is either too vague or there are too many goals to focus on. Choose three things you would like to do accomplish in 2018. Here are mine:
- Get fit (particularly my six pack and my butt)
- Travel to a foreign country
- Utilize YouTube as a new platform to connect with women
In order for us to achieve these goals, we must remain dedicated and accountable of what we promise ourselves. Accountability is always easy to hold against someone else, but never yourself. Whether it be a new diet or a new budget, it’s always hard to stick to our own plans. It’s more than likely the reason your 2016, 2015, and 2014 goals were never reached. We’re going to nip that in the bud, right now! Here’s how to remain accountable of your goals:
- Write them down: We listed our accomplishments from last year to motivate us to do the same for this year. With our 2018 resolutions written down, we’re acknowledging our plans. This is also a great way not to forget them. Be sure to hang your list in a place where you can be reminded of them.
- Share your goals with others: Lots of people rather keep their resolutions a secret, for sake of embarrassment if you don’t meet them. But, that’s the beauty of “speaking it into existence.” Sharing your plans with friends and family will give them the opportunity to encourage you. When you may falter, they’ll be there to motivate you. Your support system is there for a reason. Use it.
- Stay organized: One of my favorite things to do in the new year is get a new planner. It gets me excited for what’s ahead. Kinda the same feeling you’d get at the start of a new school year when you have new clothes, new books, and a new backpack. You just feel like you’re on top of the world. Use your planner to map out how you will achieve your goal. For example, in order for me to get a fit tummy and bigger booty, I plan on renewing my gym membership and going three times a week. I’ve already penned it into my planner for the entire year.
I want to end my last blog post of the year by wishing you a fun and safe New Year’s night. Thank you so much for supporting me and my blog! I look forward to sharing more women empowerment posts and juicy stories in 2018!