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How to Set Goals that Work

I tend to be a big picture person, that’s why at times goal setting can be tough for me. Sometimes it’s super hard for me to be diligent about doing the daily work it takes to reach my goals. Sometimes progress is slow, sometimes we get stuck, but nevertheless the idea is to tweak the process and keep going.

Pick a Word

If you are not in the habit of picking a word for the year, I highly encourage you to do so. A word is the best way to hone in on the type of person you want to become that year. Don’t overthink this.


My word for 2020 is FUN, so with each thing, I do I am infusing fun into my business and even ordinary tasks. This, too, is linked to daily actions. Even though “fun” is a weird thing to put on the list to accomplish – I find that unless I’m intentional it just doesn’t happen. So yes, I schedule in FUN. This also means, for me, being more present and not attempting to do it all – and in turn, doing nothing at all (cue the theme for the last few years of my life.) Moving into 2020 I am taking intentional action on the things that matter the most to me. 

Use the Right Tools

So here’s how to set goals that work. I first set goals I want to accomplish by the end of the year (big picture). Then break that down into the weekly and daily actions I need to take to achieve these goals. 
I set 8 big goals for the year using the Cultivate What Matters 2020 Powersheets Goal Planner, then I broke those down into steps. Each week I’m taking action on each of those 8 goals by linking my daily actions to each of those 10 goals. If you are the type of person who can’t see the forest for the trees, then definitely check out the Powersheets

My Goals for 2020


As I look at my list of 8 goals for the year: 

  1. Back to the envelope method / Budget 
  2. Launch Online Course 
  3. Spend Intentional time with my Family 
  4. Start Blogging Intentionally 
  5. Reading 2 books/ month 
  6. Focus on HEALTH, not my weight (Incorporate Yoga & Dancing) 
  7. Have More FUN 
  8. Finish my life coach certification 

Goal Setting that Works

Under each one, I broke it down into WHY this is one of my goals, and also the mini-goals under each BIG GOAL. I find this helps me move forward intentionally. 


For instance for #1 – get back to the envelope method and budget, if you are unfamiliar with the envelope method it is a great way to track your expenses in cash. You can also use digital envelopes although that doesn’t set the habit quite as well as using cash. 


The reason I want to do this is because if you don’t control your money it ends up controlling you. 


As the main grocery shopper and meal planner in the household, I feel really responsible for especially this category that can easily get out of hand. With using an envelope system I can better get a handle of how much we are spending each month on groceries. 
So mini-goals are 

  1. Do the budget each month 
  2. Envelope method for groceries/restaurants – start February 1st 
  3. Save for bigger expenses (trips, braces, etc) 

What are your top 8 goals for the year and what actions are you taking to accomplish them? 

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