Setting and Crushing your Goals
Now is a great time to set some goals for 2020 to make the new year your best yet! Whether you call them goals or resolutions is up to you, but today we’ll discuss how you can crush those goals and not be one of the many people that doesn’t stick with their New Years’ resolutions.
What is your goal? Decide exactly what your goal or goals are for the upcoming year. When setting goals consider setting SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timebound). Remember, attainable doesn’t mean easy. You should still challenge yourself with lofty goals and be willing to step outside of your comfort zone.
What’s your why? When setting your goal, think about why exactly you want to go after this goal, and dig for the root reason. Your why is for you, and any reason is valid, but take the time to discover your reason for pushing yourself with this new goal.
Break your goal down into tasks. Tasks are essentially different, manageable, steps that you need to take to get to your goal. Each task should have a deadline assigned with it as well to keep you on track. Setting these specific, manageable tasks allows you to not only plan what you will need to do to be successful, but it also puts your goals on a timeline. You can break down your goal into monthly tasks, then break down your monthly tasks into weekly tasks, and then consider what you can do on a daily basis to reach your goals. As you begin working towards your goals, you can always change and adapt your timeline or tasks along the way.
Set deadlines. When you set your goals for the year, consider all of your goals when setting your deadlines. Schedule them out throughout the year to not only continue being awesome throughout the year, but also to not overwhelm yourself trying to do too much all at once. Consider what will work best for you and will allow you to be successful with each of your goals.
Be Prepared for setbacks. They happen and they are not fun, but setbacks are a part of crushing big goals. Remember that they are not the end of the world. Readjust, figure out where you need to pick things up and jump right back on the wagon. Life happens and you can move on after a setback happens. If you need to readjust your timeline to be realistic, do what you need to continue on the path to your goal. It can help to remind yourself of your why for these times when you need to get yourself motivated to jump back into working towards your goals.
Lastly, Write it down! Put your goals, your why and your tasks in writing. This not only makes them more tangible, but allows you to make them visible on a daily basis to help keep you on track throughout the year.