Goal Setting

10 Jan

Although January is typically the time of year when we turn to goal setting, too often, it is a waste of time. Let’s be honest. How many times have you achieved all of your yearly goals? I love the concept of New Year’s resolutions which by the way can be initiated at any time.

I loved this summary which I came across in my summers reading:

Before you set goals this year, keep these 6 things in mind:

  1. Start with your current goals.

Review and evaluate. How did it go last year?

  1. Connect your goals to a larger purpose

Set goals that move you toward what you really desire. It will be easier to stay committed to a diet if you see exactly how it will help you live a more fulfilled life.

  1. Goal setting is not always a logical process.

Usually I recommend making your goals SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. However, sometimes it can make a difference to just hold the intention of something you really want to do, even if you don’t have any idea of how you will achieve it.

  1. Write your goals down and put them somewhere visible.

The act of writing goals is important. It’s not enough to just keep them in mind. The act of writing them helps you make them more clear and crisp.

Then, put your written goals somewhere visible, where you’ll see them every day.

Goals that are filed in a drawer are likely to be forgotten. You don’t have to study them each day. If they are somewhere visible, your eyes will glance over them regularly, giving you a gentle subliminal reminder.

  1. Don’t keep your goals a secret.

Make your goals be visible. If you share them with others, they will be able to point out opportunities you’re not aware of. They might have some suggestions you haven’t thought of. And they will be able to offer support as you proceed.

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