No matter the season, it is always a time to a step back and assess the progress of their life; what is working, and what needs improvement. People make these resolutions with the intention to right those areas of needed improvement but more often then not the resolutions are forgotten soon after.
Keep in mind that goals are dreams; but don’t stop at just dreaming. Turn your dreams into bite-sized pieces that will gradually create a big event in your life. This is a great opportunity to start thinking about your future and how you can make some positive things happen in your life.
Goal setting is how you turn those dreams into a reality. Once you’ve made your goals, they will drive you forward. The goals will motivate you to seek activities that will help you succeed. It’s not always fun, but those exercises will bring you closer to your goal and make you a winner.
Here are some things to consider as you make your goal
- Be specific.
When setting goals, be specific in what you want to achieve. Vagueness will only cause you to feel overwhelmed and you will just give up.
- Make your goals measurable.
In order to know if you achieved the goal, it must be measurable. For example, if you want to lose weight, don’t simply write down “lose weight” as a goal. How much weight do you want to lose? Or don’t just write “grow my brand.” How do you want to grow your brand, and what is your brand at present?
- Are they your goals?
Only you can set your own goals. If a friend, business partner, or mentor sets a goal for you, you’re not going to achieve it. Taking ownership will give you more incentive to meet your goal.
- Set a time limit.
Setting a time frame will help you set realistic goals. For example, if you want to save more money, list how much money a month you want to put into your savings account.
- Put them in writing.
Putting your goals in writing will make you much more likely to achieve them. Write down your goals and review them often. This will give you motivation to make them a reality.
Here is an example:
Goal: Lose 15 Pounds (Specific)
I will achieve this by: Going to the gym 4 times a week for at least one hour, and eliminate soda, candy and ice cream. (Measurable)
I will achieve this by: the end of the Spring (Time Limit)
I will post this: on my mirror so I see it when I am getting ready (In Writing)
Here is a sample:
My Specific Goal: ________________________________
I will achieve this goal by what methods: _______________________________
I will achieve this goal by what time: _______________________________
I will post, remind myself of this goal in what way: ________________________