Tick Tock – Tick Tock. January is nearly over and new years resolutions are still hanging in there for some, while others have had a harder time sticking to them. So instead of holding tightly to the idea of resolutions, why not have a new goal each month for 2015? Or, why not plan a few goals you want to accomplish this year and set smaller goals over each month to help you to achieve them?
One Big Goal or Many Small Ones?
One huge goal or resolution might be the reason so many people give up the resolutions – because they are too overwhelming. A better idea might be baby steps toward a bigger goal and working on those steps on a monthly basis. Let’s use the example of someone that wants to lose weight or quit smoking since that seems to be a big “new years resolution”. So instead of “quitting smoking” or “losing weight” as a resolution, why not start by reducing the intake month by month or trying a strategic monthly plan which would help grasp those goals? Since we have reached the end of January, it’s time to start those monthly goals now. Don’t give up! Set small goals to each month to reach the larger goal by the end of the year. Set yourself up for success, not failure!
Start by writing out your yearly goals. Then cut those goals up into smaller pieces or chunks and spread them out into 11 months – starting with February. You have at least a few more days in January to accomplish something, so get started!
Specific and Measurable
Also, be more specific about your goals and give yourself a few steps to get there. So if you want to lose 20lbs, or stop smoking, write down the deadline you would like to have this goal reached by. Then write down daily or weekly steps you will take to get to this goal. Maybe you’ll go from smoking a pack per day to a half-pack and reduce your intake while using a patch or another reduction device. If your goal is to lost 20lbs, then start by figuring out what your meal plan will look like and your exercise routine to support you in reaching these goals. All goals are manageable once you put a plan together and start taking action steps to reach them.
So, when setting up longer-term goals, you will want to break them down into weekly goals that lead up to the monthly goals to help you stay on track. It’s a way of being able to track your progress and incorporating your goals into daily and weekly tasks so you are not overwhelmed. So many people can say, I want to lose 20lbs. or I want to quit smoking, or I want to finish a degree, buy a house, or whatever, but you’ve got to start small to achieve big. The big goals looming over may intimidate and can make people give up fast if they don’t know how to work towards achieving those goals day in and day out. Having goals is great, but working towards achieving them is just as important. Creating a plan that works for you is essential to your success.
Here is a breakdown of tips for keeping up with your goal setting/goal achievement:
Just like the old saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, neither are goals set and completed on a whim! They require work and progress. You can achieve your goals, but start with baby steps for better results!
Let’s Get Started! Happy Goal Setting!!
In love and light,