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How to set goals that will stick throughout the year

Are you the type of person who gets a gold star for setting goals, but then fails to see the end result? (Been there!)

Or maybe you're the queen of crushing your New Year's resolutions during the first three months of the year only to find yourself wondering what happened?! three months later? (Same.)

In my opinion, our goals fail to stick because of society’s one-size-fits-all approach to how we set them in the first place.


In order to see your goals through to the sweet, sweet finish line, you first have to know how you prefer to navigate life

This is where a navigator personality comes in handy (a.k.a. how you most like to experience life through four unique perspectives).


  • Visual navigators are people who like to experience life through imagery

  • Word navigators like to experience life through written word

  • Auditory navigators like to experience life through sounds

  • Kinesthetic navigators like to experience life through touch

Next, you have to identify the goal-setting technique that best fits your unique navigator personality. Here are four tools & techniques that I recommend:


For Visual Navigators: Create a Vision Board

If you're a Visual navigator, vision boards are for you. Most often vision boards are magazine cutout collages that showcase someone's vision for the coming year.

If you're looking to elevate your cutout collage this year, create a custom scratch-off vision board and scratch off your goals as you achieve them for added motivation!

For Words Navigators: Write SMART Goals


If Words are your navigator language, try writing SMART Goals. "SMART" stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Time Specific.

Make sure each goal begins with the words "I will" to add an extra layer of accountability.

Then, each month review your goals and write down progress notes as needed.

Create a Vision Board (best for Visual navigators)

For Auditory Navigators: Record Yourself

If you’re an Auditory navigator, record yourself talking about your goals and your vision for the coming year.

Then, listen to the recording each month to stay on track (or better yet, re-record yourself every few weeks to hear how you progress throughout the year!)

For Kinesthetic Navigators: Color In a Life Wheel

If you're a Kinesthetic navigator like me, a Life Wheel is a must! This pie chart tool takes just 5 minutes to draw and fill in (plus it's a ton of fun).

What you're left with is a snapshot of your current reality alongside your opportunities to make change and set goals.

To check your progress throughout the year, draw a new wheel each month and take notes.


Ali Goodin Certified Life & Career Coach in Central FL

I'm a former Disney employee, graphic designer turned life coach, and career transition expert. I created Ful Life Coaching to give professionals of all ages & stages a safe space to navigate career transition. My passion is equipping professionals with the tools and confidence they need to transition in their careers – from launch to retirement – so they can live happier, healthier lives.


Are you ready to do work you love so you can live a happier, healthier life?


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