A Better Way to New Year's Goal Setting
By Krista Jones
Skip the resolution this year!
Yes, you heard me correctly. New Year’s resolutions tend to be short-lived and are usually completely forgotten by February, so I say don’t even make resolutions! Instead, let’s call it Goal Setting. I know you're thinking, "what's the difference?" Hear me out. Goals are something we set for ourselves every day, so they aren't foreign to us. Resolutions on the other hand are something we only do once a year and we aren't that great at keeping them.
So, thinking about it in different terms is actually very helpful. We may start the day out thinking to ourselves, our goal today is to get to work 15 minutes early in order to get some things accomplished before everyone shows up in the office. Or it may be that your goal is to get 2 loads of laundry done when you get home from work. So, we set goals all the time right?
So, here are some Goal Setting tips for this New Year.
Make it fun!
Set the mood for your goal setting time. Build a fire and pour a glass of wine, sit at the park, put on some great music or snuggle in your cozy bed with a cup of tea. Just make sure you create an environment that makes you feel good.
Don’t be too serious.
These are your goals, so don’t over-analyze. Just start writing and let it flow!
Keep it realistic.
Be honest with what you really want, keep it attainable/realistic and then create your “wish list” in addition to your goals.
Phrase a goal in words that make it obvious whether or not you have completed the goal and put dates down. Better yet, mark them on your calendar!
Set goals for all the main areas of your life. Resolutions tend to be about fitness or finances, but don’t forget about career, relationships, family, spirituality, education and personal growth.
Remain flexible and keep on going.
Keep in mind that missed due dates do not always indicate a problem with your efforts; it may mean that you were simply too aggressive with that goal and you need to reset that due date. Simply adjust your plan and continue onward.
An article I read about personal goal setting said, “Many people feel as if they are adrift in the world. They work hard, but they don’t seem to get anywhere worthwhile. The key reason to this is because they haven’t spent enough time thinking about what they want from life and likely haven’t set any formal goals.” - Mind Tools, Personal Goal Setting.
Does this describe you? I think we all feel this way at times in our lives, but reading this really hit home for me and provided a real sense of responsibility. I want to be in charge of my own destiny, not just sit idly by and let things happen around me! No blaming others or the economy or our situation at hand. Start small and start seeing some accomplishments and then push yourself to make those goals bigger each time. And keep in mind, you don’t have to wait until the New Year to set your goals. And you haven’t missed out if you don’t get them done until after January 1.
Just do it!