Can you picture someone on the railing of a harbour/river cruise boat, windswept hair, eyes glittering with booze fueled inspiration, arms flung out with intensity? I will lose weight! I will travel overseas! I will blast forward in my career! Plans? Who needs to plan, I’ve told the universe! All I can do is put it out there!


New Year Resolutions get a bad rap as a drunken declaration you make at one minute past midnight. A large, ill thought out gesture; thrown to the night sky, without any backup. No planning or forethought as to how you are going to achieve it.

I call bullshit. I’ve said it before, here, here, and here.

First up, I think if we stop calling them ‘New Years Resolutions’ we can do away with the implied failure straight away. Let’s call them goals instead. Goals are great, but they are nothing without a well thought plan. Go back and click on those links to learn how to craft an OGSR that will let you achieve your goals in a structured step by step process. Or maybe you need some help focusing on some goals in the first place? Well, fair enough.

One of my goals for 2014 is to be better at blogging. I love LOVE LOVE LOVE blogging but I need to tighten my game. I’ve rounded up the best goal setting assistance I can find on the internet, because the beginning of the new year is a time ripe with sparkly inspiration and it would be a shame to waste that. Plus we don’t have to do it on our own. Lets dive in, shall we?

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Personal Goal Setting – planning to live your life your way. A very thorough article from Mindtools that will really get you thinking.

Create your ideal life with goal setting. A word from the founder of lululemon AND a goal setting worksheet to download!

Before you get onto that, download this free 2013 Reflections PDF at This Is Lifeblood. You need to know where you’ve been so you can plan where to go.

19 Things to know before you start a blog in 2014 From my new favourite blog guru, Blog Tyrant! I love everything he writes. Make sure you read this article about making money from your blog. 

Problogger has some great tips on refreshing your blog for the new year in 2014 Reboot: Get Ready for the New Year with a Blog Overhaul

Top 10 Blogging Tips from, err Blogging Tips 101 is a great place to start.

Gala Darling writes about rediscovering your sparkle in Want to Quit Blogging? Read this first. To be honest I adore everything Gala Darling writes and would encourage you to rush over to her blog for some magical inspiration. Yes, I’m a total fan girl!

Maybe you are after some time management tips? I know I am. Energy, Time, Work/Life: 4 New Ways to Organise Your To Do List. God knows I love a list, or two*.

Bonus Link! Improving my health is always, always one of my goals, and is obviously a work in progress. I love The Wellness Project because it talks about health in a holistic, spiritual way, and I love this article in particular:  7 Healthy Hangover Cures.  You I just might need this on the first of January…..

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Happy New Year, lovely people! Do you have any goals for 2014 that you’d like to share? I hope these links get your closer to setting and achieving some great goals for 2014. (Lets not call them resolutions.)

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* or maybe 20. What? Who are you, the list police? 

14 thoughts on “Goal Setting

  • 12/31/2013 at 2:55 AM
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    Having just started blogging, this wonderful list of links is going to be very useful for me. One of my goals is to grow this aspect of my business so thank you for sharing your own ideas, and some great suggestions from others too. Much appreciated!

    • 01/03/2014 at 3:23 AM
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      You are very welcome. I wish I had this sort of info when I started blogging, although things change all the time and there is always something new to learn! Good luck with your blog, heading over to check it out now 🙂
      xx

  • 12/31/2013 at 4:29 AM
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    Happy new year Lisa! Hope to see more of you in 2014. Did you find anything online about WordPress for dummies? I'm trying it out on another blog I'm writing and failing miserably. Maybe I was just too spoilt with Blogger.

    Anne xx

    • 01/03/2014 at 3:28 AM
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      Happy New Year to you Lovely! I'm hoping there are lots more catch ups in 2014, on line and in real life 🙂
      WordPress is a different thing entirely. It's very different to Blogger, maybe it's just what we are used to? I'm sure I have seen a WordPress for Dummies though…
      xx

  • 01/04/2014 at 12:30 AM
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    I do need to set some business goals, but otherwise I will let the year unfold in front of me and be surprised by what it brings.

    • 01/04/2014 at 3:17 AM
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      Sounds like fun!
      xx

  • 01/04/2014 at 5:02 AM
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    Happy New Year! And thanks for so many great links. I've made a few goals for 2014 and think I'll even whack them up on a vision board. The first goal is to find the time to actually do more creative things like that!

    • 01/05/2014 at 3:09 AM
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      I love a vision board! Being better at time management is one of my goals 🙂
      xx

  • 01/05/2014 at 12:23 AM
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    Great post Lisa. I have to go now and click on some of your recommendations 🙂

    • 01/05/2014 at 3:10 AM
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      I'd love to hear what you think!
      xx

  • 01/05/2014 at 12:35 AM
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    I definitely prefer the goal setting idea over New Years Resolutions! I am with you!!

    • 01/05/2014 at 3:11 AM
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      'New Years Resolutions' should be renamed 'Things I have no intention of doing' 🙂
      xx

  • 01/07/2014 at 2:59 PM
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    Thanks for taking the time to put this fantastic selection of links together Lisa! I'm a fan of new year resolutions (I stick to them), but this post goes way beyond that! Great content.

    • 01/08/2014 at 2:14 AM
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      Thank you Krishna, I'm glad you like them and hope you find them helpful. I'm a big fan of setting goals. You need to know where you are going in order to get there, right? Have a great 2014 😉
      xx

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