If your inbox is anything like mine this time of year, it is inundated with emails, newsletters, and articles about setting goals and making New Year’s Resolutions for 2018.
I’m pretty goal-oriented, so I actually appreciate all the advice and wisdom from others when it comes to setting smart goals. Each year, I make a list of goals for the upcoming year. And every year, I tend to fall off the wagon like the majority of the population.
Sometimes it’s only a matter of Semantics
Notice that I’m referring to “goals” rather than New Year’s Resolutions? I like the general concept of NY’s Resolutions — the new beginning, the initial motivation, etc. What I don’t like is that they don’t stick. The farther into the new year that we get, the more likely the attitude becomes, well I haven’t stuck with this goal in weeks, so I’m going to forget it. Huffington Post estimates that only about 8% of people stick to their Resolutions, say what?! The reasons why are all over the board, but mostly it is because the goals set are often too rambunctious and unattainable. Rather than set a goal of: I am going to give up all sugar, try instead: From January 5-January 15 I will not eat any added sugar. By having an end in sight, it makes the goal much less daunting. Once the 10 days without added sugar is up, you can reevaluate and determine whether or not you want to continue.
Take time for Reflection
I would encourage you to take a few moments as we close out 2017 and truly reflect over the past year. Think about the successes and also consider the
failures lessons learned. Now, look towards the year ahead and ask yourself where you would like to be in 3 months, 6 months, at year end. What would you like to learn, accomplish, start/stop doing? Write these down (yes, write them down!). Use this guide to set realistic goals. Set yourself up for success by crafting varying levels of goals — some easily attainable and others that require diligent effort. Sometimes the mere satisfaction of achieving a goal and checking it off (make the woosh sound as you check it, helps, I promise!) propels you forward so much so that you attain another one.
For accountability, there are a few options. I like to display my goals in a visible place where not only I see them, but my family sees them as well. You could post them on social media and let your IG and/or FB friends keep you accountable. You could even go as far as creating a group of accountability partners (live or on FB) to keep each other accountable and offer motivation along the way.
At the end of the day, you set goals for yourself — to make yourself better. But that doesn’t mean that you have to journey alone.
Do you have any methods to help in goal setting? What are some of your goals for 2018?
Wishing you all a very magical and purposeful 2018!
Until Next Time,