Well here we are! Over halfway through the year and that New Years Resolution may now be just a distant memory. Do you remember what it was? When it comes to goal setting there are a few things your need to remember.
Did you know that less than 10% of people actually follow through on their New Year’s Resolutions. In January there is always a lot of hoopla and bravado around change and goal-setting, but then days and weeks go by and your efforts with them. But it is never too late to get back on track. I will bet there is something you can do right now that can significantly increase your chances of reaching your goal.
Here is a question. Did you write that goal down? Or are you just “remembering” it?
Studies have shown that you are almost 50% more likely to achieve your goal by just writing it down. It is not too late! You still have 6 months of the year left!! Go get a pen and paper. We are going to start writing shit down!!!
To accomplish your goals, you need to know how to set them.
You can’t simply say, “I want” and expect it to happen. Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve, and ends with a lot of hard work to actually do it. In between, there are some very well-defined steps that transcend the specifics of each goal. Knowing these steps will allow you to formulate goals that you can accomplish.
Let’s get you started!!!
Write a goal that you would like to attain. That is right. Write it down. Put it on sticky notes. Place them everywhere!! I am a big fan of the bathroom mirror!!!
Make the goal SMART. Remember SMART goals from my post. Make your goal Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic & Time Framed
SO LET’S MAKE THEM SMART!!!
Set Specific Goals
Your goal must be clear and well defined. Vague or generalized goals are unhelpful because they don’t provide sufficient direction. Make it as easy as you can to get where you want to go by defining precisely where you want to end up.
Set Measurable Goals
Include precise amounts, dates, and so on in your goals so you can measure your degree of success. If your goal is simply defined as “To lose weight” how will you know when you have been successful? Without a way to measure your success you miss out on the celebration that comes with knowing you have actually achieved something.
Set Attainable Goals
Make sure that it’s possible to achieve the goals you set. If you set a goal that you have no hope of achieving, you will only destroy your confidence.
Set Realistic Goals
Goals should be realistic to the direction you want your life to take. By keeping goals in measure with this, you’ll develop the focus you need to get ahead and do what you want.
Set Time-Framed Goals
Your goals must have a deadline. This means that you know when you can celebrate success. When you are working on a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and achievement will come that much quicker for you.
Begin to take action toward your goal. What is one action you can take today to get you closer to your goal. Small steps matter too. This step is often missed in the process of goal setting. You get so focused on the outcome that you forget to plan all of the steps that are needed along the way. By writing out the individual steps, and then crossing each one off as you complete it, you’ll realize that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal. This is especially important if your goal is big and demanding, or long-term. Now it is time to Enlist support. Who can help you this goal? Don’t forget to ask for help where you need it.
Now is the perfect time to breathe life back into some of your goals and it starts with this simple exercise. Good luck!
Comment below with any ideas you may have. Or just let me know how you are making out!!!
Loving life one day at a time