5 Steps to Setting & Achieving 2016 Goals
We all set goals and all to often lose sight of them all to quickly. As the new year kicks in full effect, I am going to give you an easy tool to set goals & reach them by being SMART.
1.Set Specific Goals
Sit down and write out 10 items that want to achieve this year. Now take a look at each individual line item and write a very specific statement. “I will loose 25 pounds by the end of 2016.” Notice this has a specific point and sets a period of time the goal needs to be reached.
2.Ensure Your Goal is Measurable
You have written down your rough draft of 10 goals you want to achieve but they still need modification (or may need). Ensure every goal is measurable and has a specific piece of information that can be formally proved. A good example is that you are looking to lose 25lbs by the end of 2016. A bad example would be “I am going to be nice to my parents.” If you have what is considered a bad example, ask your self how am I going to do this. Start with actions…”I am going to be nice to my parents by complimenting them once a week until the end of 2016.”
When writing your goals, you want to ensure your goals are attainable. Now, I am not saying to go easy on yourself, but make sure they are possible. My best recommendation here is to set a good goal you can hit, then a secondary “stretch” goal that may be just out of your reach.
This goes on right along side with attainable. You want to ensure your goals are realistic and not to far fetched. The idea is to challenge yourself, but at the same time hit your goals. Setting unrealistic goals not only diminishes self esteem, but it causes failure from the start.
The last point to note when writing your goals is to attach a time period specific to what you are trying to achieve. If you are looking to lose a specific amount of weight, when are going to do that? What is your deadline. I also recommend setting pace markers through out the year to help keep yourself on track. Break it up monthly or quarterly to help monitor your progress.
Now, I can’t promise you success with hitting your goals. However, if you follow this 5 step system, it will help align you to having a successful 2016.