Who says you have to wait until Dec 31st to make a new goal? Goals can be created and developed at any time.You don’t need to wait for an arbitrary date to make a change, but you do have to make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T.
Goals need to be precise. If you don’t know where you want to get to, how will you know when you have achieved what you set out to do? For example, saying your goal is to get fit, what does that even mean? Do you want to lose a specific amount of weight? Do you want to lose a specific amount of inches? Do you want to crush a marathon? Or an obstacle course race? At what point would you consider yourself “fit”?
This is pretty self explanatory. If you cant measure your goals, what good are they? If your goal is to “successful” what does that mean to you? The measure can be ever changing, you can start small and say your want to earn x amount of dollars this year and then next year your measure can change to hours worked or projects completed.
Are your goals physically possible? Having a goal that you want to live on Saturn is all well and good but currently we don’t have the technology to do that so you are setting yourself up for failure.
Can you drop 300lbs in 2 months? Realistically not…and if you do it won’t be healthy. Keep your goals reasonable but make sure its at the upper end of a limit. Good goals are always just beyond what we think we can reach. They push us outside of our comfort zone but are realistic enough that we can attain them.
Having a 10 year goal is all well and good but how motivated are you going to be in 3 years from now to attain it? Break your goals up into manageable pieces. that keep you motivated to keep moving on to the next goal. While your goal might be to run a marathon, work your goals to little chunks…start with a 5km, then a 10, a half marathon and finally a marathon, this way you wont be discouraged if you cant run a marathon your first time around and keeps you motivated to keep going once you have achieved one goal in a reasonable period of time.
Setting goals is easy, setting goals that will set you up for success is harder.