As we move into a new year, there is the temptation to fall into the classic New Year’s resolution trap. You know the kind. Big decisions, new beginnings, and the desire for change. Big thinking without mapping out the steps to get there.
So first, think about why you are making the resolution.
Your New Year’s resolution “why” may be a big picture purpose that cannot be measured.
But goals are things that can be measured and results are best seen when measured over a period of time.
So take 4 weeks in 2017 to accomplish a goal.
Whether your goals are financial, health related, career related, etc. here are some tips for setting solid goals:
- Your goals should be important to you
- Your goals should be simple, push you to work hard, but also be realistic
- Be specific in your goals and make them measurable
- Before finalizing your goals, discuss them with at least one person who can support you throughout the 4 weeks
- Consider your life, work, family obligations and time constraints
- Set positive goals! No room for negative Nelly’s here
- Don’t set more than three goals, we only have 4 weeks here people
Once you set your goals, give yourself a baseline.
You have to start somewhere in order to accurately measure your goals.
For example, if it is your goal to wake up with more energy (a 9 out of 10), how did you feel this morning when you woke up on a scale of 1 to 10? That is your baseline.
Start each day by reading your goals. I know it sounds cheesy, but humor me. It’s only 4 weeks.
Read your goals each morning and then take a second to decide what mood you’re in.
You have two options, one being that you can picture the achievement of that goal. If it’s your goal to climb a V6, be specific when picturing that achievement. What does the view from the top look like? How does the weather feel on your face? Is your heart pumping? What does that victory feel like?
Your other option is to picture the process of achieving that goal. What does the route look like? How will you pace yourself? Are your legs burning? Switch it up each day and picture different aspects of the goal.
At the end of each week, measure your progress towards your goals.
This is important for two reasons:
- You’ll get tangible proof of your progress, which will keep you working hard for next week’s check in.
- Because life happens. Sometimes we have a crappy week at work or the kids get sick, and that’s no big deal! Adjust as necessary.
I know you like to achieve and it’s discouraging to have an “off week,” but what’s important is that you keep working towards goals even if that means adjusting.