Effective Goal Setting
December 29, 2017
Preparing for the New Year can be overwhelming. We all have goals and resolutions that we have made to accomplish for this past year, but now we have a fresh start ahead of us. Before you go into 2018, set practical goals that will change your life for good and not just for a few weeks. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.
It is important to reflect on your journey this year. No matter what experiences you’ve had in 2017, there is always a reason to be thankful. There is always something that we can improve. Take some time to sit in silence and think about what the year has been like for you. Think about the resolutions that you made for 2017. What worked? What didn’t work? How are you going to change your approach for 2018?
Define your dreams and goals
What is it that you want to accomplish? Don’t hold back. Don’t allow fear or anxiety to keep you from writing down what you want to achieve. Take a second and define your happiness. Don’t center it around material things, but about you. What will it take for you to be extremely proud of yourself? Turn off social media, television, and the rest of the world for an hour and think.
Every goal should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and have a time-frame. Having a goal to lose weight is good, but it will set you up for failure. Set the number you want to lose and give a realistic time frame. Losing 30 pounds in the week isn’t a safe resolution nor is it practical, but losing 30 pounds by June 1st is more efficient.
List out the steps you will take to reach your goals. Maybe your goal is to save more money and eat healthily. Think of the actions and sacrifices you can make to accomplish your goal. A great example would be choosing one day each week to plan out your meals for the week. Achieving a goal doesn’t always mean a drastic change; often it’s a small change that is a difference maker.
Accountability is a critical step in your consistency. Who in your life can you share your goals with that will hold you accountable? For some of us, this is where we decide how bad we want what we write down. It could mean new friendships and new social environments. Willpower isn’t enough. We have to have accountability from someone that can keep us encouraged and help us get back on our feet when we fall.
Pick a time to think about your journey. For some that might be early in the morning. For most of us, it will probably be when the kids are sleep. Whenever you choose to do it, bring a notepad and pen. Be patient with yourself and take it one day at a time.