There’s less than a week until the new year, and I could not be more excited! One of my favorite things to do is to set goals and plan, and that’s what the new year is all about. However, I’m not one for new year’s resolutions. More often than not, new year’s resolutions are lacking a crucial step – planning! That’s why so many people fall off the band wagon early on. Without a plan, it’s difficult to track progress and have actual, attainable steps to making your goals a reality. So, for new year’s instead of making simple resolutions, use this guide to create actual, attainable, and measurable goals! Let’s get started!
One big problem with new year’s resolutions is that a lot of people try to write down every possible thing they want to change in their lives. Writing down every possible thing you want to change or do makes the goals unattainable. How are you going to prioritize 26 different aspects of your life? That’s unreasonable and only sets you up for failure. What’s important is to prioritize, which is the first step in creating your goals for the new year. Think to yourself what’s most important to you and the top 3-5 things you really want to focus on this year.
So many times people set goals that are unrealistic and unattainable. Being realistic with yourself is important if you want to achieve your goals. A good way of doing this is reflecting on this past year – see what you actually accomplished, how long it took you, and how you achieved (or didn’t achieve) them. This will help you understand yourself and what types of goals are going to be more realistic than others. For example, if last year you worked really hard to save up$400 but your goal was $1000, then maybe your goal this year should be to save $500. But if you were able to save $400 last year and tried a little but you know you could’ve tried to save more a lot harder, then maybe setting a goal of saving $800 is reasonable. It’s all about you being honest with yourself and the reality of the past year and upcoming year for you. Everyone’s situation is different, so make goals that you know you will be able to achieve!
With everything about being realistic being said, it’s also important to challenge yourself with your goals. They’re goals for a reason! They should be things that require hard work, but are attainable with that. Goals that are too easy aren’t goals!
Segment Long-Term Goals Into Short-Term Goals
The best way to achieve your goals is to segment them into smaller goals. When you have one big goal you want to accomplish, it can be hard to measure and you can get lost in it. By chopping up your long-term goals into smaller tasks, your bigger goal will become more attainable because you’ll be able to take it step-by-step. Your goal will become measurable which is exactly what you want in a good goal. Think about it this way: it’s like having a checklist of specific items to buy at the grocery store for your recipe vs. going to the grocery store with just “fettuccine alfredo ingredients” written on your list. Have each and every step written down for your long term plan! For example, if your overall goal is saving money to buy a new car, chop it up into smaller goals like “start a change jar” and “save $500 by May”. This will make your goals more actionable. It’s also really motivating to set smaller goals and get each one checked off!
Take your short-term goals and set deadlines. Deadlines sound kinda sucky but they work, I promise! By creating deadlines, you’re more likely to take action on your goals, no matter how big or small.
The best way to make sure you take action on your goals is to hold yourself accountable! There are so many different ways of doing this for all your different types of goals. If your goal is to work out 3 times a week, have a workout buddy wth the same goals so that you hold each other accountable. You could also start a blog on your goals, post to social media about them, or make a spreadsheet – the options are endless! Any way you hold yourself accountable is important, and the bigger the goal, the more accountable you should hold yourself!
To help you get ready for the new year, I’ve made you a FREE goal-setting worksheet where you can list your priorities, goals, steps, and deadline! Click HERE or on the image below to download yours now! Enjoy!
What are your goals for 2017? Share them with me by posting a comment below!