January is such a fantastic month to recalibrate and set your goals and intentions for the year. Unfortunately, however, good intentions can very quickly turn into forgotten whims as the year kicks into full swing – something I have been guilty of in the past. For me, regardless of how motivated I may feel, I know that without setting clear goals I struggle to move forward.
Successfully reaching your goals oftentimes has more to do with how you set them, rather than your capacity to achieve them. Although it may sound easy, setting goals can be really challenging.
Here are a few useful guidelines about what makes a good goal.
Good goals are:
- Clear. “Losing weight”, “eating healthy” or “getting fit” can mean very different things to different people. Being clear about your exact goals allows you to develop a very set vision about where you want to be and what you need to do to get there. Writing goals down is a fantastic way to help you to clarify your ideas.
- Achievable. Let’s face it. Some things are never going to happen. As hard as I try, I will never be able to sing like Beyonce or bend it like Beckham. Nor could I dress up like the cookie monster playing bagpipes in the middle of Melbourne (nor would I want t0 – although full respect must go to the person my sister and I saw in Melbourne doing just that). Ensure that you are realistic about your goals and the timeframe in which you want to achieve them. Otherwise, you may feel rather disheartened and lose motivation to get actually progress in any way.
- Measurable. Having goals that you can measure makes it far easier to track your progress. As you move forward, it can also provide motivation to keep going and striving towards bigger goals. There are many different ways to measure many different goals.
- Not too big, not too small. Like Goldilocks, your goals have to be just right. I am not saying that small or big goals are bad. In fact, small goals are incredible ways to work towards amazing bigger goals. But small goals may not stretch you to achieve as much as you can, and big goals seen as unattainable. If you do have a big goal, I suggest breaking it down. Or if you have a small goal, try to think of ways to extend yourself.
I also find that making yourself accountable is also a fantastic way to actually reach your goals. Share your goals with other or sign up for something that will track your progress. You never know, others may be able to help you out along the way!
What other things do you think about when setting goals? I would love for you to share in the comments below.
p.s. I told you this was a thing.