In a previous post I wrote about Living Life with Intention and today I want to talk specifically on how I personally approach each new year, the method I use to set goals and how you can implement them and set your goals for 2015.
I want to lead off by divulging that by nature being organized hasn’t come easy for me. Over the last 20 years or so I have had to LEARN how to better plan and organize for leadership positions I have held, to organize and run my household as a wife and busy mom of twins, and now as a web designer. Every ounce of your being may resist the very thought of setting goals and being organized but there are some great benefits to taking time to contemplate about the current year and how you want to improve or grow for the New Year. If we want to see breakthrough in our lives we have to be committed to the process of change! Click To Tweet
Are you ready for change to happen? I am! Let’s commit to the process of change and take the following steps to setting goals for the New Year:
GOAL SETTING TIPS
#1. CREATE A THINKING SPACE. What environment do you need to think and write down your thoughts? Maybe your a Starbucks person and don’t mind the quiet noise in the background while you plan out your goals. For me I prefer being alone, if that’s possible with 2 kids, to sit down and write out my thoughts for the New Year.
#2 WRITE IT DOWN! I am a word person, I love to write things down and see my thoughts on paper. I love it. I buy journals probably 4 times a year just so I can have a place to keep my new ideas for my business in one, ideas for helping my boys learn in another, a spiritual journal, and journal where I write out things I learn from business classes I take. You may prefer typing things in your laptop or ipad, so do what feels best for you. For me there’s something about transferring the thoughts in my head onto paper that helps me to clarify and see things in a different light. You can purchase some great writing tablets or journals for a decent price at Target if you prefer pen and paper.
#3 KEEP IT REAL! I can’t tell you how often I have friends that set lofty goals and then stop short. It’s great to dream big! Heck having a bucket list is great too BUT when you’re setting goals for the year it’s best to set goals that you can measure and that are realistic. So for example setting a weight loss goal is great but setting a realistic completion date is also important. Also don’t try to do it all in a little amount of time. So if you are planning on quitting smoking, losing weight, cutting out sugar etc… those are great goals but don’t set yourself up for a big let down by trying to reach all of those goals in a short amount of time.
#4 BE SPECIFIC! Off the top of your head I’m sure you can think of a goal you have for the New Year. For me one of my goals is to lose 25 pounds by the end of June 2015. Now being that the only exercise I do right now is chasing after my boys while they ride their bikes, I have to make sure I am setting goals that are realistic. Below you will see that I have a specific weight loss/health goal that has a deadline and actions points on how to get there. To set myself up for success I have to make sure to review this goals and make modifications as I go along.
#5 BE ACCOUNTABLE! This one may be a hard one for some of us…asking a friend, neighbor or family member to keep us accountable in our goals. The times I’ve truly grown in my life have been when I have put myself in a position of accountability. An accountability partner can help keep you in line, be an encouragement and motivate you to stay true to your goals.
#6 MEASURE YOUR PROGRESS: This one can be a hard one. Because it’s about follow through and keeping tabs on your progress or lack thereof. This is where we can get complacent and abandon the process altogether. Take time at the end of each month to read over your goals to see and measure your growth, areas that need to be tweaked and maybe places where you’re feeling weak or you’re not succeeding in. It’s ok to make a change if you need to.
MY PERSONAL EXAMPLE OF GOAL SETTING:
PERSONAL GOAL: Lose 25 lbs by July 1st , 2015
SPECIFICS STEPS TO REACH MY GOAL:
- Do cardio exercise at least 30 minutes 3-4 days per week. Walking, Running, or 30 Day Shred DVD
- Continue to cut out all sugar beverages
- Add more fruits and veggies to my diet
- Decrease carb intake (only 1 serving of bread each day vs. my unlimited amount at the current moment!) )
- Increase Protein intake- breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Increase water intake
- Join FB accountability group
- Have hubby keep me accountable
Lastly I want to say don’t beat yourself up if you fall down or if things don’t go according to your written plan. Maybe this New Year you are wanting to learn a new skill for fun or for a career change. There are so many options that are literally at your fingertips to get you in the direction of your goals. I’ve been taking classes in lettering and I love it. It’s something new and different for me and might possibly be something I want to provide as a service to my clients in the near future. Take time to see what’s out there. Google it or go to places like Skillshare.com or Creativelive.com.
Do something new in 2015 whether it’s volunteering, taking a class, making more time for your family and friends. Let’s invest in ourselves and in turn invest ourselves in the lives of others this new year. Reaching these new goals isn’t just about you or me. Yes they will benefit us but think about how reaching your goals can benefit others in your life as well. Living healthier and losing some weight is good for me, but it’s great for my outlook on life, my energy and my ability to keep up with my boys as well.
What are some of your goals for 2015? Let me know in the comments below.