Goal Setting Fundamentals
With 2020 right around the corner, it’s hard to avoid the hype surrounding resolutions. I felt now, more than ever, was a good time to dig into goal setting fundamentals. In fact, 92 percent of people that set New Year’s goals never actually achieve them, that says a lot on its own. I figure we can all use some fresh perspective before January arrives so let’s get right into it.
Out With The Old Goal – In With The New
If you’re sitting on a shortlist of unaccomplished 2019 goals, its time to let them go. Now I’m not saying those aren’t important, but there is a reason they’re collecting dust over the past 365 days. Don’t waste time trying to bring a dead goal back to life, take that energy and apply it to establishing goals that are more realistic for you.
Pick The Right Goal
Sure it can be fun talking about big goals and plans, but if those aren’t big goals and plans that you are excited and passionate about, they’re probably going to be collecting dust with those 2019 shortcomings. Grab a notebook and give my favorite goal-setting writing prompts a try:
- What are your core values?
- Does your goal align with your core values?
- What does reaching this goal mean to you?
- Does this goal better you, your life, and your purpose?
- If you don’t reach this goal, how will you feel? How will it affect you?
Know Where Your Goaling
Like what I did there? Instead of going, I said goal-ing…(insert awkward silence here). Anyways, my point is you have to map things out. You’ve already trashed the old goals and are starting to decide on the new ones, the next step is to figure out the whos, whats, whens, and hows. You have a brilliant goal in front of you and this is your opportunity to decide how you get there. Remember to keep it real with yourself, don’t go for a dozen goals or set crazy unachievable deadlines. Get specific about what you are working towards and focus on that.
Identify Your Support Systems
You know the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day”? Well, it wasn’t built by one person either. Setting goals and achieving them isn’t a one-man gig. It takes an army of cheerleaders-motivators-pushers-and supporters. Whether it’s your coach, best friend, significant other, co-workers, family, or local community, these are your people, the ones you will need when things get tough or you feel unmotivated. Knowing who you can lean on when you need it most will keep you focused forward regardless of the circumstances.