All my life I have been a goal setter. There is something about reaching for new things that excites me. Even if I don’t reach my intended goal, what I gain from the journey to get there, is irreplaceable.
The month of January always seems like a great time to try to achieve something awesome for the new year. But really anytime of the year will work.
There have been many articles, books, videos and the like, written about goal setting. Some great, some not so great. After reading many of them and applying certain techniques to my own life, here is what I have found that works best for me :
Vary your goals. Vary their size, their intentions and their intensity.
- Make some big, like saving for a vacation and some small, like organizing your recipes.
- Make some personal, just about you and some about other people in your life.
- Make one or two serious, say quitting smoking and a few just-for-fun, for instance trying a new family activity once a month.
Break your goals down. If you take your goal and break it down into bite size tasks, you will succeed.
Here’s a perfect example : When I first decided to redo my blog and make it better, I was overwhelmed by everything I needed to do. By writing out all of the tasks associated with it, I was able to tackle one thing at a time and not feel completely buried by the whole. By giving myself “mini” goals along the way it kept me engaged to complete the larger goal.
Share your goals. By including other in your goals it will help you to accomplish them.
My daughters and anyone else who read my blog, new that I was making changes. They would always ask me how it was going. This was a big factor in keeping my motivation high to finish it.
After-all, I had to have something to tell them. Not to mention, my countdown clock greeted me whenever I logged on!
Be creative with your goals. Try to make the recording of your goals interesting.
- Write your goals down on fancy paper or make a vision board with pictures and words posted about your goals.
- Keep a journal about your progress. It will help you see all that you have achieved so far.
- Get yourself a countdown clock! Either on your computer or create one in a calendar. It really does help you stay on target and give you a time limit to complete your goal.
Enjoy them and reward yourself. Setting goals and achieving them is a process. Enjoy the process. By doing this you will learn so much about yourself and grow as a person. The whole reason for setting the goals in the first place!
Make sure to reward yourself along the way. For each stage you complete give yourself a treat. Something small like a coffee from your favorite coffee house or a pedicure. By rewarding your efforts along the way, you will keep your motivation high and be more likely to succeed.
And what happens if you don’t reach your goal? Don’t sweat it. Just muster up the courage and try again. Sometimes the goals we set for ourselves just aren’t meant to be at that point in our lives, and that is perfectly O.K. My pictures still aren’t organized but I haven’t given up on achieving that goal.
Are there any goal setting tips that work for you? We would love to know about them-
Here is a great article on goal setting from Tsh at Simple Mom: