The holidays are coming soon and before you know it so will the new year. Don’t wait for the new year resolutions to set new goals, which most of the time never pan out (don’t worry I’ve been guilty of this too). Start now and finish THIS year strong!
Over the past year and a half or so I’ve been working on developing a way for myself to adhere to my goals and I am writing this to share what has worked for me.
Here are my recommendations for setting and reaching your goals this year.
1) Keep the list short.
Too often the list is filled with a ton of goals and becomes frustrating and overwhelming. Ultimately because of this none of these goals are accomplished.
I recommend keeping the list to 3 goals, no more than 5. This will help you stay focused on a few things at a time.
You can set these goals on a daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly basis. However you decide to do it, will allow you to stay focused and locked in on a few things at a time.
Remember you can always set new goals after you accomplish the first set of goals.
2) Start with easy and achievable goals.
Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t set big goals. I think it’s a good thing to set big goals! In order to reach these big goals we need to set smaller goals that will push us towards our end goals.
This will also get us into a routine, boost our confidence and keep us focused on the big tasks at hand.
Think of these small goals as milestones. By hitting each milestone we will be moving closer and closer towards our end goal.
3) Write out the steps it will take to obtain each of these goals.
Take the time to write out each step and what it will take to accomplish the goal in detail or bullet point.
It’s easy to set goals but without having a plan it’s easy to get frustrated and ultimately give up on something.
4) Write out any potential obstacles.
Once you’ve outlined the steps to achieve your goals, identify potential obstacles.
Obstacles can be anything from:
By identifying these potential obstacles you can adjust your steps or plan and how you will avoid or get around these obstacles.
Take some time and write it out. I’d love to hear what some of your goals are for 2018, reply and let me know!
- Coach Jerry