Why I’m Actually Setting Goals For 2018

Why I'm Actually Setting Goals For 2018Okay so I’m never not usually a New Year’s kind of a person. In the past I’ve strayed from setting New Year’s ‘goals’ because if I didn’t reach my goals then I’d just feel really bad about myself, so I’d set more goals to fix that and it’s a crappy cycle.

Then in the middle of 2017 an odd thing happened. I randomly made a list of blogging goals that I wanted to achieve and then I spent the rest of the year crossing them off…and I actually crossed almost all of them off! It felt bloody good and achieving my goals felt kind of like a drug. Let’s just call it…a natural high? So I decided I’m changing things up and setting goals for 2018, and here’s why:


Goals give me some direction.

I think the beauty of goals is that when you look at them all together, you can see a kind of direction to your life forming. Now that it’s 2018 and I’m setting goals, I’m breaking them down into sections as well.ย  So career, blogging, fitness etc and I’ll go from there. Setting goals (even if you adapt or change them throughout the year) willย give you an outlet to set a course for yourself. Goals can help you decide where you want to go and what you can do to actually get there. For the first part of 2017 I felt like I was flailing (AKA “what am I doing with my life?!”) and I think if I had set some goals earlier then that really would’ve helped keep those feelings at bay.

Setting goals for 2018

By the end of 2018, I’ll feel like I’ve achieved something.

Sometimes the end of the year rolls around and I start getting reflective and I’m just thinking, what the hell did I even do this year? Obviously I did things, I did things in 2017 that I’d never done before and I left my comfort zone a lot. I even tackled a lot of my anxiety [read that post here] but without any of these things written down….it’s like I forgot I even did them? Writing down goals and then ticking them off means that I can visually see all the things that I’ve accomplished. Actually seeing all of the things there together makes you feel really proud and like you’ve done a lot within the year. I didn’t even make a full list for 2017 but even just seeing all of the blogging goals I ticked off made me want to give myself a big ‘ol pat on the back. Good job me.


Goals push me out of my comfort zone.

Usually if you’ve taken the time to write down a goal it’s because some part of you somewhere, even if it’s really deep down wants to achieve that. Do you see me writing down a goal to eat more asparagus? Oh hell to the no, because no part of me, no cell in my body wants to do that. Sometimes when I think of something I want to achieve I think to myself, “oh that’s too difficult/not achievable/not going to happen- I’m not going to be able to do that so why even try.” Ahem, yes that’s how my mind works.ย My mind however also loves achieving things (and crossing things off lists) and if I’ve written a goal down then my god I want to do it, even if it’s difficult. Without setting and having goals, I find I too easily stay within my comfort zone and I just don’t push myself enough.


So hello 2018 and hello goals, I’m coming for you. (<<thatย kind of sounds like the beginning of a Liam Neeson movie but you get the drift…)

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  • phoebe

    I noticed some great new photos added to the main part of your home page. You always have such great photos (you’re very photogenic) and
    I love how you keep refreshing your layout ๐Ÿ™‚ I always look forward to reading your blog as it’s such a visual delight and you always write things in such an interesting and entertaining way. You definitely leave me with food for thought after reading each weeks blog!
    I love making lists and love even more the feeling of crossing things off that list on a day to day basis, come to think of it thats probably why I’ve been forgetting half the things on my grocery list – I write the list but never actually cross them off as I pick them up and put them in my basket! I can’t believe I never noticed that i did that. I just crossed off that I actually did the groceries- well this post has already helped me today with my aha moment.
    I have been thinking a lot about my goals for the past 6 months but haven’t actually gotten around to writing them – I don’t know why – maybe a bit of overwhelm. I think i’ll set a goal this week to write my goals under categories – health, relationships, work, fun/leisure. Thank you for motivating me ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh thanks so much for noticing Phoebe! I was wondering if anyone was going to notice those little tweaks I did ๐Ÿ™‚

      Honestly I think the biggest compliment anyone could give me on my blog is if they looked forward to reading it, so thank you!

      Good luck with writing down your goals as well, it can be a bit overwhelming to think of everything at once but I find that once things are written down, everything seems much more achievable all of a sudden.

  • Anna Bay

    In love with this. I did the same in the middle of 2017, suddenly wanting to make some goals, mostly to motivate myself, and it did! So I started 2018 out with doing the same, and setting some reachable but still challenging goals, for myself! As always love your posts!


    • The Sunday Mode

      Ooo great minds think alike then Anna! It’s so funny that we both just suddenly felt the urge in 2017 to write ourselves some goals! Yay I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying my posts as well ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • disqus_f5biwAW8xQ

    I must say, your blog is goals! It’s very chic and cool.
    I enjoyed the content. I make goals for myself all the time especially on New Year’s Eve. It’s so fun and you’re right, they provide a sense of direction. I hope you have a wonderful 2018!


    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh thanks! That’s awesome that you’re in such a habit with setting your goals as well. Wishing you a really great 2018 as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  • These are all great points. I feel like at the end of 2017, I was like โ€˜um… what did I achieve this year.


    • The Sunday Mode

      Yep, I can be a bit like that too!

  • I love to make plans and set goals as well and love to reflect at the end of the year what I could do better in the new year. I wish you all the best for 2018!

    Miriam x

    • The Sunday Mode

      I think the reflection aspect is probably one of my favourite parts about setting goals. Wishing you an awesome 2018 as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love your reasons for setting goals this year. Keeping a list really can be super motivating, as well as keep you on track with regard to finding direction, for sure! Good luck stepping out of your comfort zone this year! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Gabrielle, I’ll probably need all the luck I can get!

  • I’m totally with you on writing down your goals once you’ve set them and given them some thought. Even for me writing a to-do list every day helps keep me on track, and I love the feeling of accomplishment I get from ticking everything off, even if it’s really small. So naturally if it’s a list of big things it’s going to feel even better, and once you get the ball rolling and tick off a few it really keeps me motivated to try and finish off the rest of them as well.


    • The Sunday Mode

      Same here, although sometimes if I tell people I write daily to-do lists they a little bit look at me like I’m nuts…

      I’m right there with you on the whole getting the ball rolling thing as well, even if I achieve a tiny portion of one of my goals, it makes me so much more motivated to carry on!

  • This is such a lovely and inspiring post – I always love reading your posts as they’re well-written and I feel like I can connect to them at the same time! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend and all the best for 2018, I’m sure your goals and dreams will all be achieved and I for one, can’t wait to see more from you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Layla xx


    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh yay that’s so lovely to hear Layla! That’s pretty much the goal with my blog so reading comments like that is really nice ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for the constant support Layla, you’re absolutely awesome and I wish you all the best for 2018 as well! x

  • These are brilliant reasons for having goals – I’m quite similar in that having something to work for helps motivate me and push me to succeed. Good luck achieving all of your resolutions!

    Heather xoxo

    • The Sunday Mode

      Yeah I work so much better with something like goals to motivate me! Good luck achieving yours too Heather ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I think it is so important to set goals! Love all your points why it is importantโ™ฅ
    They just keep us going wuhuu
    Selina | Selinas Inspiration

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Selina ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I totally agree with you! I didn’t set any goals in 2017, and I feel like I did nothing, and achieved nothing. When setting goals helps you feel so accomplished. Great post xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • The Sunday Mode

      Amen to that Hannah!