Kickstart Your Year By Setting Goals

The great thing about starting a brand new year, is that you can start over.


brainstorming business goals with coloured markers


Maybe not erase the past kind of starting over, but taking resolutions seriously can reset your focus on your goals, both in business strategies and in your personal life.

Some of my favourite social media experts obviously agree.

Jo Barnes shared a video encouraging people to pick three words to focus on for the next year.  Chris Brogan shared a similar concept in his holiday newsletter. Mari Smith was REALLY focused, and defines her year’s goals in terms of only one word.

I love the idea, because quite frankly, focus isn’t my strong point. So I started thinking about words that could define me, and guide my thoughts and actions, for 2012.

Not surprisingly, I chose focus as one of my words.

I know it’s something I need to, well, focus on. I admit that I couldn’t just narrow it down to three, and since it’s MY list, not anyone else’s, I’m ok with that.



Here are my goal words:

  • Focus– staying on task in both my business and personal life.cute puppy winking and waving paw saying Who's Awesome? You are!
  • Sharing – in business, sharing my knowledge and my time. Personally, volunteering or helping with a charity.
  • Growth – ensuring that my business continues to grow, by setting achievable goals, by networking, by staying focused on tasks, and through connecting with other like-minded individuals to share ideas and support each other in a positive way. Personally, by honouring my own awesomeness (thanks for that Jo), and working on creating the life I really want.
  • Balance – making sure to spend enough quality time with my friends, and family. And taking the time to eat properly and exercise (I need to unglue myself from the computer some days!) As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily routine of the business.

I was so inspired by setting my goals down in words, that it kept me up into the wee hours of the morning. (That’s not exactly what I had in mind during the holidays, but inspiration happens when it happens.) After I let it crystalise in my head, I got up at 2 in the morning, and got out my coloured markers and huge flipchart pad. What I came up with is a plan.


{Related post: How to Create Your Own Manifesto


The exciting part (besides all the pretty colours) is that I created a worksheet that could keep me focused on my 4 words, and visualize how each of the day’s tasks fits into those goal categories.

>>> Tip: Only set three tasks per day, not twenty, or your list never gets completed and it can feel overwhelming.

Future Exploration:

  • what trends do I see emerging from last year to this year?
  • share results monthly in a blog post, maybe with a graph at end of year (keeps me committed and accountable); encourage others to share theirs
  • explore goal-setting journey using Pinterest/vision boards



Finally, reflecting on this year full of changes and challenges, I’m grateful for the support of all the people in my life, near and far.  I’m grateful for the opportunity provided by the self-employment program through Community Futures that provided me with solid business training. I’m thankful for the successful completion of my business plan, which will remain an ever-present reminder of this year’s journey as it evolves over the next few years. I’m thankful for being blessed with new people who inspire me, challenge me, teach me, share with me –  made possible by sharing ideas and connecting via social media. And of course, as always, I’m eternally thankful for the love and support of my wonderful husband.

Here’s a quote from one of my favourite inspirational year-end posts – I ♥ these words:

Fall into your joy.

Don’t you love this notion? It implies that bliss is your core, foundational, sturdy, structural and formless. True nature. Always there. Waiting. Now.


Bring on the New Year – I’m ready for you!

May the new year bring you happiness, success and prosperity…and a joyful heart.

Happy New Year!


Angelique xo


P.S. If, like me, you need a little help staying focused on your goals, then be sure to check out the
Goal Setting Worksheet and kickstart YOUR year. It’s free when you sign-up for my monthly tips and tools newsletter!


P.P.S  Have you decided on  your 3 goal words?

Share them in a comment below – I’d love to learn a little more about other people’s challenges and goals!



Fred Murray says:

You are doing your job because you made me think. Way to go.
My worda are
1)Focus. I will strive to prioritize to reduce distractions during any particular task.
2) Networking. Hanging out with other people who are on the path to improve themselves by achieving their goals.
3) Listen. Hearing acknowledges sounds. Hearing requires that I understand what was said. I will study my, until now, unread book called “Learn to Listen” by Jim Dugger

Angelique says:

Thanks for sharing Fred. Yes, “listen” is super-important, and I suppose we all forget that sometimes. I’ll have to check out that book!

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