With every new year comes the motivation to make new goals and improve ourselves. While the intention behind goal making is great, there are certain steps that should go into planning out our goals, so that we can not only achieve them, but stay true to them by the end of the year. Whatever goals or resolutions you chose this year, take a second to look through these steps to make sure you are going to get the most out of your own personal challenge.
1. Make Your Goal Attainable/Realistic
If you’re someone who eats a certain way and your goal involves altering that, ie. becoming vegetarian, really take into account your regular eating habits. If your goal is to become a vegetarian by a certain month or end of the year, maybe start at first by cutting out red meats, then chicken, then fish.
If you make your goal to cut out all animal products right away, not only will it be very difficult, but you’re more likely to slip up. Not only that, but making changes that involve your body and health need to be treated very carefully. Even if you are making a healthy change, it’s still a change and you need to give your body and mind time to adjust.
If you are goal is to save up money or go travel, think about how long it will take to do so. You will need to take into account how much you can save, while still living a manageable/decent life. You’ll need to realize that saving money may mean you have to cut out certain luxuries.
2. Make it Specific.
Instead of saying, “I want to lose weight/be healthier,” set up the specifics of your goal. What is it that you want to change, really? Do you want to lose weight? If so, how much? Do you want to save money? How much?
Write your goal down— physically write it out. Putting it down on paper will make it real. It will no longer be something that’s just a thought floating in your head. You will be more committed to stick with it this way.
3. Set Up a Plan
Something that will help with making your goal attainable is to set up a plan. I find using a calendar or visuals either in bedroom of office space help to keep my on track. Side note, if you don’t own a calendar and like to be artsy, you can just make one! I make my own 5 week calendars and I find the visuals and writing things out more helpful when it comes to remembering dates and keeping me on the right path. If you have a one year time mark, break it down by month or week; If it’s a month long goal, break it down by day.
Look into apps for your smartphone. Nowadays there are so many different apps for diet, exercise, finance etc., that you can find one that suits your needs and use it to help you stay on task!
Lastly, if you are attempting something new to you, ask for advice! If there is a possibility that your goal could involve you doing something new and foreign, ask for help from someone who is more familiar with it.
4. Give it a Timeline.
When are you wanting to achieve your goal? Nothing will change overnight, so if you are thinking you are just going to start doing something and things will all of the sudden change, then please give your head a shake. Change takes time, and you need to first accept that.
5. Use Positive and Successful Verbiage.
Using a positive and successful lexicon is important when putting your goal into writing. Instead of saying “I want to lose 10 pounds,” say “I’m going to lose 10 pounds”. The simple switch of verbiage will help to create a self-affirmation/manifestation that will allow your mind to be more willing to work towards your goal.
6. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
We are only human; and though some of us humans seem “super” human at times, at the end of the day, we can only do so much. If you fall short one day, or are off by a few pounds on the scale or take a cheat day when you shouldn’t, don’t fret. Tomorrow is a new day, and you can start fresh the next day. Allow yourself forgiveness.
Happy Goal Setting!