More than half the year is over. When was the last time you thought of your new years resolutions? January? Maybe February? Starting a new year is a great excuse to set some goals. It’s a fresh start. But that fresh start grows stale very fast. And when you realize that New Years Day is an arbitrary date for goal setting…why not decide to set some goals today? Nothing is holding you back from setting your goals except yourself. Why wait five more months for the New Year?
A goal properly set is halfway reached. -Zig Ziglar
So how do you properly set your goals? Effective goals have several components:
They must be specific.
I want to lose 10 pounds is a better goal than I want to lose weight. Which one do you think is more motivating and likely to get done?
They must be measurable.
What is the point of a goal if you don’t know when you’ve accomplished it? Saying you want to lose weight doesn’t cut the mustard! Is the goal met if you lose just one pound, or when you lose 100?
They must be time sensitive.
This means you can just say you want to lose 10 pounds at some ethereal point in the future. You must put a deadline on your goals and then drive toward that deadline.
You must take ownership of your goals.
This is probably the most important, at least in terms of personal motivation. I can’t set your goals for you. I may make suggestions, or help you define it, but if you don’t take ownership, it probably won’t happen.
Weight loss goals make great examples, because most people could stand to shed a few pounds or knows someone who wants to. But the goal setting process applies to all areas of your life. Want to get out of debt? Get a new job? Go on an adventure vacation? Stop dreaming and start setting goals…then make them happen!
I’m challenging you to set some goals, right now. Would you share them with me in the comments? Putting them in writing (even in digital form!) makes them that much more likely to be accomplished!
I look forward to hearing from you, and even more so to hearing about some accomplishments!
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