The Best Year Ever
Welcome back to my Single Dad Life series and let’s make 2018 the best year ever. My hope is that this blog will help other single dads and maybe some single moms avoid some of the pain and mistakes I made. After speaking to many single parents, I have found the struggles and obstacles I faced are commonplace. It is also my goal to make sure other single dads to know they are not alone.
Do you want a tip to reduce stress as a single parent? When I first became a single parent, I fumbled around in the dark trying to survive each day. I quickly learned that managing my children was stressful and difficult. Managing your year with goals greatly reduces that stress.
Welcome to 2018: Your Best Year Ever
Do you want this to be your best year ever?
I will be honest. I faltered a little in 2017 with my Single Dad Zone. I had a great start and then I stagnated. I overwhelmed myself by trying to do too much. This is a problem that I know many single parents encounter. For 2018, I am making sure my aspirations are achievable. I will be publishing one article a week, which is still an amazing 52 articles for the year.
S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Your Best Year Ever
How are we doing to make this the best year ever? With S.M.A.R.T. goals. A S.M.A.R.T. goal must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound. Why goals and not the usual New Year’s resolution? Resolutions sound too much like dreams or something you would merely like to achieve. Goals are specific tasks or targets you will attain.
How do I create my goals? I start with categories. The categories I use are Personal, Knowledge, Household, Nutrition, Career, Financial and travel
Next, I come up with goals that I place in the proper category. I just brainstorm and go back many times to keep adding to the list. Nothing is outlandish or impossible. Each year, I create a fresh new list. My accomplishments and failures from the prior year are erased.
Sometimes, I start with a long term dream that I reverse engineer. How do I make a dream a S.M.A.R.T. Goal? Let’s say I want to put $100,000 in my fun fund over 20 years. We will ignore the incredible power of compound interest and just target principle. Is this goal specific? Yes. Is it measurable? Yes. It is attainable? At first, it seems too lofty. But, when we break it down to $5,000.00 a year or $417.00 per month, it is not so impossible to imagine. It is realistic. Finally, we make it time bound. $417.00 per month for 20 years. This is just an example of taking an idea, making it a S.M.A.R.T. goal and then reverse engineering it to make it something you can accomplish.
Another example, I like travel a lot. I think about a list of places I would like to travel to. Once I have my list, I set it aside and decide how many times I would like to travel this year. I target one or two places on my list.
In order to make it the best year ever, you need to follow through on your goals. You need to take consistent daily action and refer to the list frequently. I constantly look for opportunities to attain one of my goals.
My Goals for the Best Year Ever
Here are my 2018 goals. If you share your goals with the world, you are more likely to accomplish them.
Burn 100,000 exercise calories
Buy a new car
Get weight under 180 pounds
Workout 300 times in 2018
Volunteer 8 hours per month
Read more than 20 books
Attend one self-improvement course (Lewis Howes, Shaun T or Tony Robbins)
Upgrade family room TV
Put hardwood in living room and dining room
Clean basement storage area
Paint exterior trim
Eat less carbs
Hit daily macro targets
Drink >100 ounces of water a day
Create 52 Inspiring Blog Posts
Get promoted to Captain
Save >$10,000 in savings account
I plan to travel twice this year to either Las Vegas, Paris, Bora Bora, Seoul, Vietnam, Nuremberg, Germany, the Alps, Iceland, Israel, Rome, Rio or Dubai
Do you have your goals set for 2018? How are you going to create the best year ever? Please comment with them to inspire others and me.
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