Setting goals is an incredibly powerful practice. Goals help keep us motivated and focused. If you’re new to goal setting, here are a few tips to help get you started.
- Write them Down. Even if your memory is like a steel trap, it helps to write down your goals, and be as specific as you possibly can. When you write down your goals, you help to commit them to memory. Additionally, posting your goals where you can see them—or creating a goal board with pictures that represent your goal—acts as a daily reminder of what you want to achieve so that you can maintain your motivation and complete your goals. Use the My 10 Day Goals worksheet to hand-write one goal in each category to accomplish in the next ten days. Use the Goal Board instructions to help get you started on creating visual representation of your goals.
- Craft realistic, measurable goals. While it’s admirable to have a goal of running a marathon, it may not be realistic if you’ve never run further than the mailbox at the end of your driveway. Setting realistic goals makes it more likely that you’ll achieve them within your specific time-frame, and having measurable goals makes it easier to track your progress.
- Track your progress. One of the main reasons that people fail to reach their goals is that they don’t track their progress. Keeping track of your activities, numbers, etc. not only gets you into the habit of pursuing your goal, it also helps you to stay motivated. Over time, you can see your progress, and if you’re not making the progress you want, you can reassess your plan and take the steps necessary to achieve your goal on time.