How do YOU want to feel in 2018?- Goal Setting

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2018 goal workbookIf you have been following along with my blog over the last few years then you know that I am a goaldigger. 😉 Each year I post a blog outlining my goals for the year, following up with a 6-month check in and an end of year follow up.

In 2017 I decided to switch up my goal setting process.  Instead of just crossing achievements off my list,  I wanted my process to include the feelings I hoped to have after achieving  my goals,  and the person I wanted to become.

This is part two of my three part goal setting series. This article is going to help you achieve your desired #2018FEELS  while improving your life!  I created an 8 page workbook that you can download for free!

2018 Goal workbook



I have selected the following five areas of focus; Fitness, Personal, Fun, Business, and Financial. You are welcome to use these areas of focus, or take a big old sharpie and cross them out and add your own.

Think about which areas you want to improve in your life. this will help you to decide which new habits and goals you should focus on.


Once you have identified the areas you want to improve, you need to determine how you want to feel in each of those area. Select 1-4 feelings that you hope to achieve in each area of focus.

These are one word feelings examples could be; accomplished, grateful, strong, empowered, calm, balanced, fit. There are literally thousands of options so take your time here.  These feeling should inspire and motivate you to make the changes you want in your life.

For example, I decided that 2017 In 2017 I want to feel calm and balanced, I want to forgive the past, release the future and SHOW UP for the present.  Check out my post here to see how I set out to MAKE IT HAPPEN.

How do you want to feel in 2018?

 Set goals and habits

Now that you know which areas of your life you are going to focus on improving its time to make it happen!

You can decide to implement a new habit in your life.  For example if you want to feel strong and fit you might incorporate cardio daily, strength training  weekly and a bigger objective like a 5km run for the year.

In the workbook, you will be able to write down 5-20 habits or goals. Select how often you will work on it: is it going to be daily, weekly or monthly? Acknowledge the feeling you hope to achieve by incorporating that goal or habit as well as how it will help you.

Follow up 

Now that you know how you want to feel in 2018 and you have a plan for how you are going to achieve those feelings it’s time to make it happen!

You need to set a reminder to check-in with yourself. I choose to check in at 6 months.  If you are new to the process you might choose to do this more regularly.2018 Goal workbook

Most importantly at the end of the year you need to reflect on the areas of your life you chose to focus on. Did you achieve your desired feelings? Maybe you accomplished the tasks but they didn’t provide the feeling you were hoping for. Perhaps they uncovered other desires that you were previously unaware of.

This is all OK.  Reflect on where you fell short and celebrate you’re where  you exceeded. This is all part of the process which will help to build your subsequent years goals.

Let’s get started!


28 thoughts on “How do YOU want to feel in 2018?- Goal Setting

  1. Razena says:

    This is exactly what I need for the year ahead. I’ve been a bit unfocussed this past year and this will help organize my thoughts and ensure that I have something to measure the progress towards the goals against at the end of the year. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kendra W. says:

    Great read! I’ve been reflecting throughout this month and have strong goals I want to achieve for 2018, starting day one. I, like most people, have set goals at the beginning of each year and then fall short of those but I want 2018 to be different so I’m taking different steps to get to my goals.

  3. Komal says:

    Having goals is much better than having a resolution. You need to achieve things and they don’t happen over night. This book seems like a great idea!

  4. Nathan says:

    Its good to set goals which gives you a plan to work towards. I prefer making a plan in the month of December so I could plan accordingly.

  5. Cia Black says:

    I have yet to put any thought in to setting a goal for 2018, I know of many things I would like to get accomplished but have set a plan to get them rolling into motion.

  6. Melinda says:

    I like the idea of considering how you want to feel, then figuring out what steps to take to reach that. When setting fitness and health goals, I don’t like stating a weight or clothing size, those fluctuate so much. I would much rather set a goal of how I want to feel about my body!

  7. Tina says:

    Great framework to lay out my goals. I love how it focuses on starting with how one wants to feel and then getting into the steps rather than random point form goals. Thanks for the book.

    • VenusFitness-Shannon says:

      My pleasure! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Happy New Years and keep me posted with your progress!

  8. Rachael Burow says:

    this honestly inspired me so much! Great timing with the weekend being the new year! Loved this post…worded so nicely! Thank you so much!

    • VenusFitness-Shannon says:

      Thrilled you found inspiration. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. Happy new year! Keep me post on those goals.😉

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