Happy Monday! Sorry I have been a little MIA lately, it was Josh’s birthday and then Jordan and I took a little trip to Florida. So our holidays were extended a bit into mid month. Now that January is well underway (well almost over actually!) I’m excited to get back into the groove of things. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I always like to set goals and intentions for the new year. I prefer using the terms goals and intentions over the traditional term ‘resolutions’. The term resolutions seems a bit cliché to me. And sounds like something that will be broken by February…
But I think setting personal and professional goals is important. So for me, January is the ideal time to do a self check in and to start setting goals and intentions for the new year. These can be completely new goals or they may be ones carried over from the previous year – that you either did not yet accomplish or that you want to work on even more and set an even higher goal than the previous year. Either way, today I’m sharing some helpful ways to actually achieve your goals.
I like to take the first few weeks of January to think about what I want to accomplish in the new year and I write them down. Writing them down makes it easier to track and manage – and much more realistic to achieve. If you need a little inspiration for achieving your goals/intentions (or sticking to your resolutions) for 2019, read on!
A dream without a plan is just a wish
1. Set Specific Goals and Write them Down
Step one is to write down what it is I want to accomplish. Writing them down will give you a greater sense of accountability. You will be more likely to achieve your goals if you have them down on paper, not just floating around in your head. Writing it down makes the goal real, is a starting point and makes it easier to keep track of multiple goals.
2. Be Specific & Quantify
When writing down your goals be as specific as you can. For example; if you want to loose weight, how much do you want to loose? Rather than writing down “Loose Weight” it is far better to create a quantitative value like “Loose 10 pounds”. If you want to save money, how much money? Give it a number!
3. Break them Down into Tasks
Once I have my specific goals written down, I break them down into smaller, achievable tasks and steps. I like to break them down step by step and tackle one step at time. This makes them more realistic and measurable. It creates a plan of action. Often our goals are lofty and stretch us (which is a great thing!) but knowing where to begin can often be the hardest part. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment by completing each step along the way, and it will fuel the fire to complete the next step and so on.
4. Set a Timeframe
I always put a timeframe on my goals and find a way to determine when I achieve them by. Having a deadline creates urgency and can motivate action. If I have a set timeframe I’m less likely to procrastinate. Just be realistic with your deadline and make sure it is in line with what you want to achieve. On that note, if you have a large number of goals I highly recommend starting out with 2-5 goals. Complete those first 2-5 and then move on to another set of 2-5 goals. That will help eliminate feelings of overwhelm and keep you focused. There is nothing magical about January 1st (even though it feels quite magical), you can start on a new goal at any time!
5. Celebrate the Small Wins
I’m a BIG believer in celebrating the milestones. The year ahead can feel so long and out of reach at times. But by celebrating the small wins, and the thresholds along the way, it helps me on the path toward achieving that big picture goal.
How do you create and measure your goals?
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