It’s almost time for a new year! This is a great time to think about goals that you would like to set for the next year. Maybe you need to get serious about paying off some debt. Maybe you’ve always wanted to run a marathon. Maybe there’s a dream vacation you would like to become reality. Now is the time to put those goals on paper and start making plans to achieve them. Here are some tips that I’ve learned over a few years or goal setting that I wanted to pass along. Enjoy and happy goal setting!
- Be specific. Who doesn’t want to be healthier? Who doesn’t want to be a better person? The bad thing about these goals is that they are vague and unattainable without specifics. A better goal might be, “Eat three servings of veggies a day” or “donate $20 a month to charity.” These goals can be measured, and you will feel accomplishment when you achieve them.
- Dream big. Make your initial goal a big one, one that could take an entire year to achieve. For example, your goal might be to run a marathon in 2013 but right now, you are running approximately 0.00 miles per week. Set the big goal, then break it down into weekly mini-goals that work toward your big goal. This could work for losing weight (lose 50 lbs. this year…roughly one pound per week), becoming a reader (read 12 books this year…read one book a month), etc.
- Don’t set yourself up for failure. Don’t take on too many goals than you can realistically achieve. Keep your list to about three-five goals that you can master in a year.
- Do your homework. Find people that have done what you want to do. If you have debt that you want to pay off, find a blog or book of someone that has successfully paid off debt. Learn from them. Copy them. Do what works. The internet is your friend when it comes to research.
What are some of your goals for 2013?