Goal Setting: How to Achieve your New Year Resolutions
It’s officially 2019, and many people have decided on their New Year Resolutions. But, stating a resolution, and goal setting to achieve your resolution, are two very different things.
In my last post, I wrote about why I don’t really like New Year Resolutions. You can read that article here. While I think resolutions can be somewhat negative, I 100% believe in goal setting and working towards your goals.
How to set your goals effectively:
Frame your goal in a positive light
For example, let’s say I wanted to lose weight. Rather than having my goal be “I want to lose weight”, I’d change it to “I want to live a healthier lifestyle”. Our brains tend to focus on the negative, so in the first goal your subconscious is focusing on the word “weight”. The second goal focuses on “healthier”.
Document your goals
The easiest way to hold yourself accountable is to write your goals down and put them somewhere you will see them everyday.
It’s okay to write down every little thing you can think of about your goal. What are you trying to accomplish? Who else might be involved? The most important thing to write down is your “why”. Why do you want to accomplish your goal?
Make it measurable
How are you going to measure your progress? In order to get healthier, are you going to workout a set number of times each week? Are you going to try going vegan one day a week? Make it something you can track to hold yourself accountable each day/week/month.
Is your goal achievable?
I believe that you can do anything you set your mind to. However, sometimes goals need a little realistic tweaking. Is it unrealistic that you can workout everyday for an hour? That’s okay! Start where you are and then build up over time.
Give yourself a deadline
I don’t know about you, but I sure tend to procrastinate A LOT. I think it’s just human nature. By giving yourself a deadline, you are increasing the urgency on your goal and making it more important in your daily schedule.
So, get out there and get after your goals! If not now, when?