The Essential Guide To Goal Setting For The New Year


Its that time of year again where we gather mixed emotions, depending on the person. With the new year approaching, it provides an opportunity for a clean slate. A chance given to make major moves and solidify a change in ourselves for the better. We often want those around us to notice how well we are doing. The week after the Holidays and Christmas are a critical time not to transfer the resolutions from thoughts to paper, but to realize how we can commit to the process.  The traditions of resolutions should be exciting, it should be encouraging. Want the best chance of succeeding? Here are some recommendations on how to prioritize your plans for the upcoming year.

  1. The Goal Should Benefit You In Some Way

The goal should be focused on you.  Not in a selfish way, but useful as a motivator. If you are the one striving to be better, knowing that the end goal will have benefits to help bring more positives to your life.

     2.    Write Down Your Goals

You’ve heard it before. But, this is a step that is easily forgotten, or done for a short period of time at the beginning until we lose interest.  Use pinterest for ideas and create something that is purposeful and meaningful to you.

    3.    Keep Your Goals Within Your Reach

Not to be confused with attainable goals. We will get to that soon. This follows step number 2. Whatever you chose to write down your goals on, whether its a poster-board all decorated, a simple sheet of white paper, or on the lock screen of your mobile device, have it where you can see it often and daily.

    4.    Short-Term v. Long-Term

Focus on the short-term to help be successful for the long-term.  For your short-term goals, look at what you are able to accomplish in 3-6 months time.  We know that most of what we are desiring doesn’t just magically happen overnight.  Think long-term. Use the short-term goals to motivate you for daily success, but keep the long-term thoughts and visuals often in check.

    5.    S. M. A. R. T.

A Helpful tool to provide organization and structure for when you are planning your goals. If you are working well with what has been previously mentioned, you may not need to use this step. A plus for using it helps to put your goals into perspective and will help you to use your time in the most efficient way when you start the new year.

   6.   Attainable and Time Specific ( S.M.A.R.T.)

Make sure you at least include these two aspects when goal setting for the new year.  Attainable goals encourages your probability of reaching your goals, considering your consistencies and best practices. Time specific measurements on your goals helps to hold you accountable to meet your goal by a deadline. Using both of these concepts when you are planning will add detail to keep you motivated for success.

   7.   Team Up

Look to join a close friend, find a community, and focused individuals who are like-minded.  Finding others who may have the same goals as you can help to keep you accountable. Also, when we have someone to go through the fire with, we feel encouraged and obligated to be successful for them. We often seem to be respectful toward others time when it comes to this matter. Being a part of a community can be inspiring. Using the knowledge of others and seeing what has helped make them successful, is adding tools to your arsenal.  When times get tough, because they will, look to reach out for support.

   8.    Don’t Wait Days Before The New Year To Start

Use your time wisely. If you had a thought a few months back that you wanted to improve yourself, there wasn’t a need for you to wait for a national holiday for permission to start.  24 hours of a head start on your goals is better than postponing.

   9.    Reassess Your Goals

Be willing to adapt and change, if needed.  Our intentions are always rivaled by something or another. So, be ready to make small changes to increase your chances even more on being successful. Reassessing when you reach your goals or when you get to a checkpoint, can help you pinpoint your next best step in the right direction.

   10.   Find The Deep Reason(s) ‘Why?’

It's more than just, “I want to lose weight.”, or “I want to be healthy.”. While that’s all good and well, it’s much more than that.  Without drilling it down even more, understand that you need to find the underlying meaning of what you are doing and why you are doing it. It could be for reasons that would impact your life or someone else's. These reasons are more sentimental and personal. This is what keeps you in the fight for 12 rounds.

The only one who can do it, is you. Start here. Look out to others for support. Make the upcoming year, the one you have improved yourself not only physically, but professionally, and personally.


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