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The Importance of Goal Setting (And Proof it Really Works)

Truth be told, I’ve drifted in and out of goal setting the last few years. It’s not until I look back on 2016 (in which I didn’t set any goals for myself) that I realise why I didn’t achieve a whole lot.

In 2014, for example, I set goals like a boss. I recall writing down loads of plans and aspirations; determine to grab the bull by the horns and make the blog and all the other aspects of my business and personal life amazing.

Last week, a Facebook memory popped up in my feed from the end of 2014 that really put things into perspective.

It showcased the goals I had achieved that year; two presenting gigs on The Morning Show, a shoot I’d styled for Inside Out, a trip I took to Thailand, a sponsored blog getaway I’d been taken on to Dubai, graduating from my interior design school, and the most exciting of all; the book deal I got with Hardie Grant publishing.

It’s that Facebook memory that made me sit down the other day and think… I have to set some goals for 2017. Imagine what I might be doing in a year’s time if I really sit down and map out some dreams for the next 12 months!

goals diary 2017 from migoals

You’ve gotta be specific

Everything I read from goal gurus out there tell me that goals need to be specific. Concepts like ‘get healthy’ are so vague that it’s really hard to set a plan to achieve them. In 2014, for example, I remember writing down that I wanted a book deal within the next five years. By the end of that year, I had one.

So this time around, in my goal setting for 2017, I want to outline some clear dreams to work toward. I’ll pop them down below in case you’re interested, and I’d love for you to share some of your goals in the comments below as well (there’s a competition tied into this that should give you some extra incentive!).

Get shit done migoals notepad on the life creative blog

You’ve gotta write the goals down

Goals aren’t real if they’re just sitting in your head. You forget them, you let them go over time, or you just plain don’t bother working toward them. That’s what happened in 2016 to me and I feel a bit disappointed with where the year went.

When it comes to stationery to set goals in, Mi Goals is my go-to brand. They stock all sorts of packs to get you achieving your dreams; diaries, goal books, progress journals – you name it.

The packs you see in this post are the Entrepreneur pack and the Goal Digger pack. I’m bringing my partner Gavin on-board this year to help me manage the behind-the-scenes aspect of the TLC business, so we now both have a pack to make our dreams a reality.

I honestly believe in the process of writing goals down and putting them into the universe. It’s the only way make yourself accountable to them.

migoals get shit done notepad on the life creative

My Business Goals for 2017

For the year ahead, there’s a tonne I want to achieve, but here are a few clear goals:

  • Triple the amount of interior design clients I worked with in 2016
  • I also want to double the blog readership and improve engagement (interact with you more!)
  • I’m now offering a property styling service, which I intend to secure one client a month for
  • I’m also offering an e-design service, which I’d like to secure two clients a month for
  • I really want to do move TV work this year, so by the end of the year I want to have done three more TV appearances

My Personal Goals for 2017

It can’t be all work and no play, right!? Here are some of the personal goals I’m setting for 2016:

  • Connect with other creatives in Melbourne. Go for coffee or a cocktail with at least one new person a month
  • Take a small holiday somewhere for a week to disconnect from the world (low-budget, less than $2K)
  • Plan and start saving for a larger holiday to take in 2018 (Europe or New York-Hawaii – bigger budget!)
  • Get back to running four times a week and reduce my sugar intake significantly
  • Take a course in something creative (I’d love to improve my photography skills)

I’m truly looking forward to what the year ahead holds, and having the tools to write my goals out and achieve them is giving me a great sense of purpose and determination. I hope 2017 is equally as awesome for you; and that you achieve everything you dream of!

migoals diary and notepad 2017

Share your Goals and Win a Mi Goals Pack

The gang at Mi Goals have been kind enough to offer up two packs for you to win, containing a 2017 Goals Diary and a Get Shit Done A6 notebook (as seen above).

To enter to win: simply drop a comment below sharing one of your goals for the year ahead – it’s that simple!

Competition open to Aus residents only. Comp closes 11.59pm Sunday January 8.

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

  • Derek Lee


    Great post Chris, it has inspired me to write both business and personal goals this year. My goal last year was to complete my studies in interior styling which I did so at iscd. This year one of my goals is to get more hands on work with interior styling and approach businesses that would offer an internship and also help family and friends to build my portfolio.

    1 January, 2017
    • Thanks @disqus_7E3TIngFXV:disqus and congrats on finishing your studies. Hope some styling jobs come your way soon.

      10 January, 2017
  • Sharyn W


    one of my goals for 2017 is a big one (and one i really really would love to achieve) – it is – working out what i can do career wise that follows my passions and beliefs so i can make a difference in this world.

    1 January, 2017
    • @sharyn_w:disqus that’s such a big question to answer. Thanks for sharing.

      10 January, 2017
  • Rachel Amy Parker


    Hi Chris! Love this post very inspiring. My goals for 2017 are to complete my diploma in interior design and secure my first opportunity in the industry 🙂

    2 January, 2017
    • Thanks @rachelamyparker:disqus ! How long do you have to go on the diploma?

      10 January, 2017
  • Michelle Ball


    my goal for this year is to write all my goals down and cross them off as they happen, travelling, more money, health. I wrote in a journal over 10 years that i will get our house miraculously renovated for nothing, wow amazing how writing can make things happen eventually. its awesome

    2 January, 2017
    • @disqus_ZPjKurD6CJ:disqus I need to write that in my own journal I think!

      10 January, 2017
  • Jacky Barker


    my goal is to grow something, be something, fix up the house and be a positive person

    3 January, 2017
  • Tracey Fletcher King


    I actually wrote my goals down last year for the first time and it is amazing the difference it made… This year my goal for this year is to halve my illustration work and to spend more time developing my personal artwork. Both watercolours and relief printing… and to find new places to sell it. I want to finish my series of large scale lino blocks based on blue and white china and learn to style photos of my artwork and finally to expand my cuppa with friends project and to write and submit a book proposal for it… this year I am going big goal wise… it worked last year!

    3 January, 2017
    • Those are some really great goals @traceyfletcherking:disqus 🙂

      10 January, 2017
  • Amanda


    Hi Chris, I have never written down my goals. Many years ago (before children) I use to have a lot of New Year’s wishes which I used to tick off as the year progressed – vague ones like learn a new skill, try a new sport, take up a new hobby, make a new friend there was about 20 of them and I enjoyed doing them. Today, looking back at the year that was I realised that I didn’t achieve what I had hoped for in 2016 and that I’d been trying to achieve one particular thing for a number of years. After reading your article I have decided to write down my Personal Goals. I decided this year to pick 12 areas and work on one a month. January’s focus is Spiritual and I want to establish the habit of meditating daily to reduce stress and unwind.

    4 January, 2017
    • Thanks for sharing @disqus_Lew2puty3D:disqus. What are the other 11 areas to focus on?

      10 January, 2017
      • Amanda


        February Is “Organisation” – planning my day, so that I allow time for the things I need to do, and time for the things I want to do. I hope that after 30 days, these life style changes become habits that will continue throughout the year. The other areas are Health, Gratitude, Home, Happiness, Family, Work, Social, Charity, and the last two are on personal growth.

        12 January, 2017
        • Great idea. Maybe I’ll try “themeing” the months next year.

          12 January, 2017
  • @disqus_2c78B6gdLQ:disqus oh god, good luck! I just got a treadmill for home recently so I’m trying to ramp up my running too.

    10 January, 2017
  • Something about putting the goals on paper makes you more accountable to yourself. Good luck @jane_halpin:disqus

    10 January, 2017

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