Kate Nelle Desert Shooting with Canon Film Camera AE-1

Turning Goals into Plans

The beautiful thing about a new year is it’s a fresh start; a mental reset. We can let go of the things of the past that were weighing us down and set new intentions on creating our best life for the year ahead. In this post, I’ll be sharing how to achieve our goals for the year, the month, the week and the day! Que Joey Lawrence 90’s reference, because “WHOA!”

Now, I know what you’re thinking, if you’re anything like me.  You’re thinking, “Kate, this sounds like a LOT of planning, and I’m not a planner. Like, my left brain is already hurting. Owww.”

TRUST ME. I know. My left brain is hurting just from writing this! But that means, I’ve taken out the hard “thinking” parts for you. Which makes YOU one step closer to being an ultimate GOAL-DIGGER. (Again, “WHOA!”)

Just picture future you now. Beaming ear to ear. A literal sparkle in your eye. Happy. Fulfilled. Beautiful. Kicking ass. Yeah, that girl sounds cool. I want to be her. And I want to be friends with her! So channel your inner-Beyonce because we’ about to run the world. (Or at least our time.)

Kate Nelle Desert Shooting with Canon Film Camera AE-1

Intention Setting

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

A goal is just an idea in the infancy stage of action. It needs to be planted, developed and nurtured. Just like you, you beautiful flower. So how do we take our goals from ideas, to real, full-blown HABITS that build our confidence and sense of self-purpose? It first starts with a little self-reflection. Spend a few moments, and ask yourself the following questions:

  • What goal do I want to achieve?
  • Why is this goal truly important to me?
  • Do I believe that I can accomplish it?
  • How will I feel when I’ve accomplished this goal? What will future me look like?
  • If I resist achieving this goal, how will it impact my life in the future?
  • What steps will I take to achieve this goal?

Turning goals into plans with the Passion Planner

Plan of Action

If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.

OK, so your goal is set! You can see it clearly in your mind. You’ve pictured the woman you want to be. You can feel it in your bones, that you can do this! But even with the best intentions, if you don’t have a plan of action, you might not get there. The best pilot in the world, with the best plane, will fly aimlessly in circles, without directions. So, in order to achieve your goal, you must establish a plan, set parameters/objectives and trackers to direct your course. You can do this by writing your goal(s) down for each of the following:

  • Yearly: Every year, reflect on what you want to accomplish over the next 365 days and write it down. As the year goes on, keep a steady track to see if you are reaching your mark to accomplishing them. You can assign specific dates to specific goals.
  • Monthly: At the end of each month, write down the goals that you want to accomplish for the month ahead! Create your plans for achieving those monthly goals on a week to week basis. Set tasks that will help keep you on track for your yearly goals within this planning!
  • Weekly: At the end of each week (I like Sundays) create a task list for all the things that you want to accomplish, and then prioritize them from most important to least important. Work to accomplish these goals into your daily task lists.
  • Daily: Write down all the tasks you need to accomplish that day. Time block your to-do’s, by setting specific hours to specific tasks. This creates time management. Be real specific. Anything that you don’t get to or need to spend more time on, can spill over into the following day.

If you do this at the end of every day, it will aid in a better night’s sleep. Instead of laying in bed wide awake at 4 A.M. mentally jotting down all the things that need to be done, you will have already exerted that energy and cleared the space for thoughts that ease less worry and anxiety. Hello dream state.

Kate Nelle Desert Shooting at McDowell Mountains with Canon Film Camera AE-1

Planning Aid:

I purchased the Passion Planner to help break down all my goals, both short term and long term, in one place. It is designed to plan for the future, reflect on the past, but most importantly, act on the present. According to them, it’s like a 24/7 life coach! As a visual person, I love the Passion Planner more than iPhone apps because it is tangible. Just the simple act of writing things down, helps keep me motivated, inspired and on-track. You can read more about the power of the Passion Planner here. I promise you will love it as mush as I do, in helping you manage your days and dreams.


If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

Setting goals is exciting, and can motivate and empower us to live each and every day with more intention and more purpose. Of course, nothing worth having comes easy. Forming new habits is hard, and we all can be guilty of setting and forgetting. But if the goals you set, don’t challenge you, they won’t change you. We are all are only a few steps away from reaching the potential for new opportunities, new love, new freedom, new health. And it all begins with the power of YOU.

Let me know if this article was helpful in the comments down below! Or share any tips you might have for building your dreams. As always, big hugs and I love you guys!

Kate Nelle and turning goals into plans with Passion Planner

All photographs by Kate Nelle Photography.



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