Another year has come and gone and this is when many people begin making resolutions for the coming year. And like most resolutions, they will be broken before February comes along. Does this sound familiar? If it does, you are not alone. I was guilty of this too. But now I am into goal setting and not just in January but whenever I come across a goal I want to achieve.
So, instead of listing resolutions with empty promises, I create actionable and doable goals that have steps for completing them along with a time limit for each step. Since I started using this strategy, I have been able to complete many goals successfully.
The best thing about goal setting is that you do not have to wait until the beginning of a new year to start. You can set your goals as the need arises. Over time I have created a system that is simple to follow and use whenever I have a goal and it is yours for free.
How My System Worked for Me
Last year, I created 10 goals. Here are three example goals where I successfully completed one, made some progress on one, and fell flat on one.
- lose a certain amount of weight (who doesn’t have this on their list every year, lol)
- start on first floor renovations
- save up for family vacation
So how did I do?
Well, I did not make it to my goal weight, but in my defense, I tore my rotator cuff. I ended up having surgery and that required a few weeks of recovery and lots of therapy. I am proud that I did lose some weight. As soon as I was cleared I got back to this goal, readjusted the deadlines for each step and continued.
I did successfully save up for our vacation. It was so nice to not have to stress about money when you are trying to relax. In fact, I ‘over saved’ and actually had money left over.
As for the renovations, it just never happened. There just was not enough money in the budget to get this going. However, this year, I have added a couple of strategies that will help this goal come along.
Avoid the December 31st Deadline
Let me just stress that you don’t have to complete every single goal within a year. Don’t give them that December 31st deadline. Giving yourself all year to lose 10 pounds, for example, may cause you to procrastinate and who wants to start a diet in November?
Give yourself time but make goals with the intention of finishing them as soon as possible. This way you can work on a more challenging goal. For example, you lose the 10 pounds, now you can work on a goal like ‘fitting into next size smaller’. This way your goal shifts from weight loss to body toning.
Instead of having 10 goals maybe you create 5 and only add one in when you have successfully completed one. It is up to you and what you know you can handle.
Monitor your Successes
After filling out all the worksheets, I recommend putting them somewhere where they will be visible. I keep mine on my wall organizer. On the first of every month I evaluate each goal for growth/success and readjust if I need to.
So are you ready to set some goals and accomplish those things you have always wanted to do or need to do. Then click the box below.
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