Closing 2017 with New Goals for 2018

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” – Melody Beattie

It happens every year.

As Christmas winds down and the noisemakers, champagne, and party hats announcing the New Year show up on shelves at the grocery store and Target, I start to get that panicky feeling.

The year is ending and there are still some things I wanted to, but didn’t get to accomplish this year. Resolutions will be relegated to the resolution graveyard or dragged into another year feeling even heavier this time around.

The high hopes I had when I wrote the incomplete resolution on my list of things to do in 2017 faded. The light and airy goal I made last December feels more like a 16-pound bowling ball as I transfer it to my list for 2018.

Can you relate?

Do you have outstanding items on your list that are haunting you? If so…


Let’s do something together to evaluate whether or not that goal needs to be brought with you into 2018.

This post is the first in a 5-part series we’ve put together to get you ready to rock your goals in 2018. Before we can start making new goals, we have to see which lingering goals are hanging around from 2017, and decide what’s worthy to bring forward into the new year.

Here is a list of 3 questions I’m asking myself with each rollover goal on my list.

I hope it will help you begin 2018 with a list of goals and resolutions you feel good about!

  1. Are you still passionate about the idea? 

This may seem obvious but I believe there are times when out of sheer stubbornness, shame, or some other negative emotion we allow to control our behavior, we feel compelled to keep working on something we may really just need to let go.

Maybe at one time it sounded like a great idea to write a book or learn to tap dance but the idea came and went and you’ve lost your passion for it. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Let it go. You have permission to change your mind.

“You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis.” – Henry Ford

However, if the nagging emotion you feel is passion—a burning desire and enthusiasm to get it done—then bring it forward into the New Year! And may I suggest, if you are bringing over a goal from the previous year, prioritize it!

  1. Is it realistic? 

There may be something that you want to accomplish but it’s just not realistic in this season of your life. It’s ok to shelve the idea indefinitely until the stars align and you have the time, resources and whatever else you need to make it happen.

I love to travel and there is usually a far-away land on my list to go see, but this upcoming year with our new concept in our business and a new grandbaby on the way, we will be staying closer to home. So this year, I’ve shelved my travel goals until a different season in the future.

  1. Was the goal too big? 

If you were unable to accomplish a goal, maybe the goal was just too big to begin with. For instance, say you want to secure paid speaking engagements this year. However, no one is lining up at the door to sign you up. In order to gain experience and credibility (and book those engagements you’re seeking) you may have to commit to some workshops or classes to hone your skills. You might have to do some free speaking engagements. Break your BIG goal down into bite size chunks, so you’re able to take the steps necessary to reach your BIG goal.

Throughout January in this series, we’re going to be unpacking goal setting and planning for you. We will be talking about setting S.M.A.R.T. goals and taking into consideration how those goals fit in with your whole life.

In the George T. Doran outlined the attributes of a S.M.A.R.T. goals in his seminal article in 1981, the first time the S.M.A.R.T acronym was used, and while that outline has been modified over the years, it has staying power because it works!

Here is the version I like the best: 

S. Specific – target a specific area for improvement – avoid goals that are too broad.

M. Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.

A. Attainable – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.

R. Resourced – identify what resources will be required and how you will attain them.

T. Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.

Next week, we will discuss 4 areas of life to consider for goal setting, helping you ensure you balance your life and goals. Through this 5-week series we hope to help you get 2018 off to an amazing start that can be maintained throughout the year.

In the meantime, we wanted to offer some food for thought for you to think about during the last few days of the year. Has this prompted a thought about a specific goal you are holding onto or letting go? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Wishing you and yours a beautiful, happy and healthy New Year!!

With great expectation for 2018,

Tracey Metzger

Tracey Metzger is the co-founder and President of For the Girls International, Inc. Her passion is to see women awakened to their unique purpose and empowered to use their unique gifts to share the hope and love of God with a hurting world. As a speaker and writer, Tracey’s refreshingly honest, down-to-earth approach encourages and inspires her audiences to live and move in the fullness of who God created them to be. Through various avenues, Tracey spends her days connecting with women of all ages and walks of life and inviting them into a sisterhood of love, support, and encouragement. She loves meeting women and hearing their stories. Whether you’re attending an FTGI event, reading her blog, or sitting across the table from her at Starbucks, you will find yourself utterly engaged in what Tracey has to say. You will also feel loved and understood. Her willingness to share her personal experiences and thoughts allows for any woman of any background to receive a message that is relatable, relevant, and motivational. Tracey and her husband of 32 years, Dan, have lived in Tampa Bay since 1993. They are blessed with two grown sons, a teenage daughter, and lovely daughter-in-law and a sweet granddaughter.