What Are Your 2018 Winning Goals?

In 2010 I began a tradition of sharing a personal blog on the first day of the year. I share my personal and business goals, stumbles, shifts and dreams. This year is no different.

I had set some ambitious goals for myself last year. Why set goals at all if the ones you create don’t stretch you in one way or another? (Remember, goals should be SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timed.)

I wanted to sell 5000 copies of How To Win Cash, Cars, Trips & More!, have SweepsCon sell out, paint my office and focus more on videos, plus get back on track with my blogging, contesting and workouts.

Not sure what happened, but I only met one goal. Some was in my control, and some wasn’t.

Part of it had to do with losing my biggest client at the beginning of the year. Part of it had to do with the convention being sabotaged. Part had to do my love life being in flux.

2017 was a frustrating year for me because it felt that no matter what I did, it didn’t matter. It’s why I only met one goal. I had complete control over it. I took a week in September to paint my office and started filming more videos.

Thankfully, the year ended on a much better note. Creating more videos helped get my blogging back on track. My favorite client rehired me. After taking a break from dating, I met someone wonderful. All which gives me hope that 2018 to be a much better year.

I almost don’t want to set goals for 2018 as I have a gut feeling my life is going to look much different than I can imagine. I believe business opportunities will arise I can’t foresee. If romance blossoms the way I hope, my family life will shift. I have learned life has a way surprising you and taking you in new and unpredictable directions.

So what will I be focusing on that I do have control over?

  • Finally lunching my Idea Majesty website.
  • Regularly producing content for Contest Queen, Maximize Social Business, CFA Promo and Robert Ohotto.
  • Create more online workshops, not just sweepstakes based.
  • Get healthy, fit and strong.
  • Contest on a regular basis!!

What is going to make your 2018 a winning year?

If you are new to me, you can read previous annual posts to see what goals I set, what I achieved, where I fell on my face and, most importantly, how I picked myself up and kept going:


I know many of you like to track your wins. Here is the link to my annual my 2018 Wins spreadsheet.

2018-01-06T12:22:44+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|General|5 Comments

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.


  1. LILLIAN BROWN January 7, 2018 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Hope you have a good 2018. My goals this year are all to do with my health, as 2017 was a very upsetting one but things are looking up.

  2. Teresa Young January 7, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Wishing you well in 2018! I set some goals:
    – visiting 1 museum each month – we went to the Susan B Anthony House Museum here in Rochester yesterday
    – keep food spending under $250/month – this includes eat-in & dining out
    – downsize – we plan to start building our retirement house this year so I want to get rid of as much ‘stuff’ as possible.

    Sweeping goals – a trip, books and cash 🙂 Entering more mail-ins

  3. Kay January 7, 2018 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    The best of everything for you this year, Carolyn. Looking forward to healthy fun better new year and looking forward to more wins. Thanks for your great guidance:)

  4. pam t January 8, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    All the best for 2018…..i too am looking forward to 2018…back on the #winning train!!!

  5. cortney January 19, 2018 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    my goals for this year are
    get my debt to “0”
    get my sugar intake to “0”
    try harder to get to the 3 “C”s
    lets see how this goes.

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