January 6, 2018 - 10 comments

3 tips to making sure you crush your goals in 2018!

goal setting and crushing goals this year

My introduction to Goal Setting and Goal Crushing

I'm not entirely sure why, but goal setting has always fascinated me. When I moved to LA, I worked at lululemon for a few years and they introduced me to goal setting as a concept and it really blew me away. I remember we were all told to find our B-HAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). That was so scary to talk about! Would people think I'm crazy if I said I wanted to travel the world for a living or be known as the best adventurous wedding planner of all time?

We would even get together outside of work and have mini goal coaching sessions, talk about what we're doing everyday to get closer to our goals and celebrate every time someone accomplished one.

Now, we all have our own techniques when it comes to setting goals and actually reaching them but here are 3 tips that have really helped me check them off my list!

  1. Write them down.

    Whether it's in a notebook or on your Facebook page, there is scientific proof that you're more likely to accomplish them if you start by writing them down! If anything, you are declaring to yourself, on paper, that these are some goals and dreams you would like to accomplish in the near future. Next to each goal, make sure to write your "by when" date. For example: I will travel to Bali by October 2019. (Note: I didn't say I want. I said I WILL!)


  2. Get yourself a buddy.

    If I have no one checking in on me, you can be CERTAIN that I will not be going to the gym every morning but if I know someone is waiting for me at 7am, I will not let them down! Not only that, but talking through your goals with someone else can be really inspiring. They may have great ideas that you never thought about but overall, they are your very own cheerleader.
  3. Be kind to yourself.

There's no point in beating yourself up if you didn't accomplish something exactly when you wanted to. Reflect on what you could have done better and move on! It's also OK to modify your goals. Life happens and things change. I think one of my 5- year goals was to live in a big house...umm I live on a boat with my husband and 2 dogs and I am LOVING it!

Hope this was helpful! What is ONE goal you are definitely crushing this year?

(photo by Lauren Han)

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Lifestyle


January 15, 2018 at 6:53 pm

Goal setting is really big for me personally and professionally this year. I have big revenue goals for my business that are a bit scary but super exciting at the same time. I write everything out and break my goals out quarterly so that they don’t seem so big and I’m able to check them off sooner. I love your tip on being kind – it’s so easy to be hard on ourselves when we have to show ourselves grace as we’re working towards achieving and crushing our goals.

Good luck!

    Gabrielle Norton
    January 16, 2018 at 4:15 am

    You know what, I was always told that good goals should always make you feel a little nervous and uncomfortable. But yes, it’s so important to dream big, aim high but if once in a while we don’t quite make the goal we do need to be kind to ourselves and keep going!

Lindsay Bishop
January 15, 2018 at 9:17 pm

I’m totally with you on needing a buddy…that’s why I hired a social media manager. He’s like my Instagram personal trainer, and now I can’t forget to do a story, or I have to answer to him!

    Gabrielle Norton
    January 16, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Oh that’s such a good idea! Haha yes the accountability part can be scary because you have to report back to someone! I never want to let anyone down so I just do it!

Rachel Rice
January 16, 2018 at 1:03 pm

I love this!!! The other day a creative entrepreneur gal pal of mine and I sat down and wrote down our 2018 goals as well as our action plans to get to those goals. Breaking it down into smaller steps and giving myself due dates REALLY helped! Also, you’re totally right about not beating up yourself, I feel like every time I surpass a milestone in my business there are ALWAYS a hundred other incredible, talented, amazing businesses out there that are killing it and it gets so easy to compare myself to them! Keeping your head down and grinding is the best way to get to where you’re going but making sure to give yourself a break here and there and know that you’re doing just great wherever you may be!

    Gabrielle Norton
    January 16, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    You’re so right Rachel! Big goals are important for that overall vision BUT breaking the goals down into smaller steps really helps you accomplish the goals sooner and makes it seem more possible to do. Haha yes! Running a business means we’re always going to have a million goals. And something I remember Gary Vee always talking about is the journey is way more fun that actually getting to the end. I kind of agree. I love always working on something so I don’t think I ever want to just be done!

January 17, 2018 at 7:49 pm

Oh, I love making some B-HAG goals! Everything I’ve accomplished in my whole life has come from those so-scary-you-can-barely-discuss-it goals. I am a goal-setting and list-making kind of person, so I love these tips so much!

    Gabrielle Norton
    January 17, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Same!! I think that’s a trait that a lot of entrepreneurs have. If we did love taking risks, it would be harder to run a business on our own. B-HAGs make me the good kind of nervous. Oh Renée, you and me both when it comes to goal-setting and list-making. Every aspect of my life has a list haha

January 21, 2018 at 11:39 pm

I love your tip to find a buddy, my husband is also a business owner so we love to sit down, set goals, keep each other on track, and then cheer each other on as we crush them!

    Gabrielle Norton
    January 23, 2018 at 1:24 am

    It’s crazy because my assistant called me the other day and told me that she looked back at all her goals (both career and personal) that she and I had set together at the beginning of 2017 and they ALL came true! She said she couldn’t even remember what was on that paper but that because she wrote them down, she must have always had them in the back of her mind.

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