It’s a brand new year, and I hope as you read this, all is going well with you! Thank you for stopping by my page once again, or for the first time. It really means a lot to me. I know I haven’t posted any articles in a while, and I’m committed to changing that.
I’m going to talk (more like write) about a few ways to set and reach your goals this year. I say goals, because to be truly honest, I feel like “resolutions” is such a big word. I don’t know, it can seem overwhelming at times. So I like to stick with goals. I hope you find this article inspirational in some way.
1. Setting realistic goals. Setting small realistic goals is a good first step to get you on the right path to accomplishing bigger goals. For instance, committing to write down 3 things that you’re grateful for every morning for a week, is easily achievable and will help build your goal setting confidence. Plus, gratitude journals are good for the soul.
2. Set benchmarks. Now that your confidence is up, and you’re in the goal setting groove, it’s time to set bigger goals. When setting goals, and especially those with long time horizons, it’s very helpful to give yourself benchmarks. Think of this as breaking your goal up into smaller, more easily digestible chunks. For example, if you want to save $1,200 for a vacation by the end of the year, your benchmarks could be to save $100 by month one, $200 by month two, etc.
3. Get organized. If you’re someone that struggles in the organization department (like ME), then using tools such as a planner or calendar, is going to be of great use to you. Plus, it lowers stress, and you’ll be more likely to accomplish your goals on time.
4.Share your goals. By saying your goals out loud and sharing them with someone, it keeps you accountable for achieving them. You can also ask a friend to check in with you periodically about your progress. You could motivate them to set some goals as well so you can be accountabili-buddies! A little support goes a long way.
5. Your journey is your own. I wish I didn’t have to say this but, as a reminder, try not to compare yourself to others. You are the only one in your journey. We are all at our own level on our own paths.
6. Have self-compassion. If you don’t complete a goal, or don’t complete it on time, that’s ok! Move on to the next one. Or find a different way of completing the same goal. There’s no need to stop there. Look at what worked and what didn’t. You are now wiser and more prepared.
7. Believe in yourself. You can do this. You’re almost there. Don’t stop now. Encouraging words, are sometimes what you need to give you that push to reach your goals. Write them down on sticky notes and post them everywhere for you to see. Set reminders on your phone that pop up, and encourage you to continue pursuing your goals.
8. Celebrate your accomplishments. Celebrate accomplishing your goals. Seriously, no matter how small you may think they are, it’s something to celebrate. Say it out loud! You’ve come so far. Be grateful for where you are, be excited for where you’re going, and be proud of yourself!