With one day in the books for the new year, your timeline has probably been full of goals set by friends, inspirational quotes, and hey, probably even a few “never drinking again” posts made in a champagne-induced hangover.

I feel like it’s always this time of year where the eyerolls set in from bystanders and we hold back sharing our goals in fear of what others might think of us instead of being a source of accountability. Which, to me, is a shame because goal-setting is so big in both personal and professional development. If it weren’t, would we spend even 5 minutes of our time jotting down what we hope to accomplish in the new year? Would we spend time reflecting on the negative that happened in the previous year and make a vow to not let that happen again?

This year, for the first time in a long time, I decided to have a phrase to live by. It was a little scary to put it out in the open for my peers to read on Facebook but it’s just the start because my phrase this year, after one of my, and not to mention my toddlers’, favorites is shake it off. (I’ll spare you the long post here, but you can read about what that means for me on my Facebook post)

If you’re sitting here, on January 2nd, confused as hell on how to set goals for yourself or your business, I’m here to tell you, you’re not alone. Not even in the slightest.

Here are 5 tips on setting goals for 2018!

1/ What do you want to achieve? Simply saying I want to reach a big sales goal or I want to lose weight aren’t going to cut it. You need to be specific and lay it out. I want to sell 5 homes by March. I want to lose 20 lbs by July. Defining achievable goals allow you to set milestones and work toward something.

2/ Stay realistic. Keep your expectations realistic. No one is going to lose 100 lbs in a month just by going to the gym everyday. Setting unachievable goals is the result of so many resolutions that fall by the wayside come February. Then you’re left with the “Why did I even try?” mentality. You fall off the horse and you give up.

3/Make a plan. I’m all about planning things out (just look at me and my digital and physical planners). Determine what you need to do to reach your goals. Do you need to take a class? Hire someone? I personally am looking to grow this business and to do so determined I need a business coach. This was hard for me since I’m very a very independent, don’t ask for help, do it all myself kind of gal, but I need to get past barriers in my way and knock ’em over to move forward.

4/ Track your progress. Whether it’s through an app or a return on investment from running a Facebook ad, it will help you keep track of your goal and reach it. Simply setting open ended goals allows them to be forgotten. For me, I want to hit a specific amount of clients by March and to do that, have laid out the steps. At the end of each week I will be checking in myself and seeing what I have to do to adjust it. And speaking of adjusting, that’s totally ok. Just because it’s not working out 100% how you planned doesn’t mean you can’t still work towards it.

5/ Crush that sh*t! Surround yourself with people who will help you work towards your goals. Don’t be afraid to share them and share them a lot. Put it out into the universe what it is you want and get it. Don’t compare the results of someone else’s goals to your own because everyone’s are different and everyone’s path is not the same. At the end of the day you do you. Take the path you need to take to crush these goals and have an amazing year.

I can’t wait to accomplish my goals this year and will be certain to share along the way! Drop your #1 goal in the comments — let me know what it is you want to achieve this year (personal or business or both!)

Kaela