Didn’t Accomplish Everything You Hoped in 2018? Here’s How to Start Your 2019 Off Right!

When you look back on the last twelve months… How do you feel about what you were able to accomplish, the things you experienced, and so on and so forth?

For so many of us, a new year brings a ton of reflection. And with that often comes just a tiny bit of disappointment. Maybe you didn’t accomplish all of the things that you set out to achieve over the course of the year… or maybe a few of the goals you set at the start of the year fell flat somewhere in the middle.

Or maybe, just maybe… you just ran into a few more obstacles than you imagined, and they zapped any motivation you had to keep plugging along with the same zeal that you had when January came around at the start of 2018.

Whatever the case may be, we’re talking all about obstacles and how to look at them as opportunities instead of roadblocks on Episode 103 of Productivity Paradox this week. It’s a topic that I think is so important to discuss, especially at the start of a new year when we’re all getting ready to sit down and map out our big plans for the year in front of us.

So today, I want to dial in on that idea just a bit more and talk about some ways that you can ensure that you’re starting 2019 off on the right foot!

Let’s get started!


How to Start the New Year Off Right


Perform a Yearly Review—

If you’re feeling a little uneasy about how the last twelve months went, then it might be time to sit down and dive into the nitty-gritty of where those uncomfortable feelings are coming from!

I want to encourage you to take stock of where you have been and to appreciate all of the accomplishments that you did make in the last year.

A few questions to ask as you’re reflecting on your progress can include:

  •      What went well for me in 2018?
  •      What did I accomplish?
  •      How did my life improve?
  •      How did my relationships improve?
  •      What do I wish I had done differently?
  •      What do I wish I had taken more time for?

Keep these questions and your answers in a safe spot (a journal is a great place for this!) so that you can refer back to them in the future… Chances are, your answers in a year’s time will be incredibly helpful and enlightening… and they can provide a ton of insight on how to improve your performance in the future—especially when it comes to setting better goals!


Be Realistic—

Dreaming is one of the most enjoyable parts of life. Without big dreams, how would we find the motivation that we need to become successful in the future? To me, dreams are imperative.

But so is being realistic when it comes to those big dreams.

Dreams aren’t much if we aren’t able to visualize ourselves accomplishing them. In that light… I want to encourage you to take your big dream and break it down into milestones. For example, if you want to work from home… what are the steps that you need to take to make an at-home job a reality?

The more you’re able to break a dream down and to visualize yourself accomplishing each part along the way, the more likely it will be that you’ll experience the success of that dream in the future.


Write a Personal Mission Statement—

I love mission statements, and I keep mine by my desk so that I can look at it often. To me, my personal mission statement is like a mantra. It gives me motivation when I feel myself wavering, and it breathes life into the work that I do each and every day!

If you found yourself struggling to accomplish everything you had in mind for 2018, consider creating your own personal mission statement to help guide you in your decision making and goal-setting for the new year. You might be surprised by how well this works when it comes to providing focus, clarity, and motivation to keep pushing on!


Set SMART Goals—

I’ve mentioned this a few times in some recent posts and on the podcast… but when it comes to setting up realistic plans for our big dreams, it’s important that we understand how to set SMART goals to boot.

Just to remind you, when I say smart goals I don’t mean clever or intelligent. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Rewarding, and Timed.

Need a bit of a refresher here? Head over to Episode 002 for an in-depth look at how to make the SMART goal framework work for you in the new year!


Be Flexible—

To me, when it comes to goal-setting… having a flexible mindset is key. This is what allows you not to feel defeated when you’re faced with obstacles.

The bottom line is, if we expect to encounter obstacles at some point along our journey–which we should all be expecting obstacles from time to time–we won’t be so rigid if we’re planning ahead for them. We won’t go out of sorts when our plan goes off the rails, in other words.

Remember, life is full of ups and downs, and all kinds of curve balls. The more we shift our mindset to be flexible, the more successful we’ll be when we’re faced with adversity!


What are you looking forward to the most in the new year? Share your big dreams, your goals, and your fun plans in the comments below… And be sure to check out Episode 103 to learn all about how to pivot away from obstacles when they occur, and how to better prepare yourself to rise up to meet them in the future so that you can crush your goals in 2019!


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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton