In the midst of gift buying and family time, it’s hard not to think about the hopes and possibilities a new year will bring.
While New Year’s Resolutions come and go, setting goals can be the difference between a good year and a great year. So let’s talk about some fundamentals of goal setting that can help you level up!
The most important element to setting goals is to not overdo it.
Pick three goals to focus on in 2018.
Yes, ideally we’d improve every single thing of every single area in our lives but life is a balancing act. Pick the top three things that will make the biggest impact.
Once you’ve picked these three, it’s important to set S.M.A.R.T. goals.
Specific. Goals should simply and clearly define what you are going to do and how you are going to do it.
Measurable. Use a number (metric) to measure whether or not your goal was achieved. This can be added to your what, how, or why. It should be a clear yes/no question if your goal was achieved.
Achievable. The goals shouldn’t be out of reach of your skills, knowledge, and experience. You should be challenged, but also able to reach them with self-discipline and hard work.
Results-focused: While you may need a step by step plan of how to achieve your goals, the goal itself should not focus on the activities to get there, but the results itself. This is your why.
Time-bound: Adding a time frame to your goal will hold you accountable by creating a sense of urgency.
Try this formula:
On/within ____(timeframe)____, I am going to ____(what/metric)____ by ____(how)_____ because I ____(why/results)_____.
Example: On March 17th, 2018, I am going to run the Napa Valley 10K trail race by using a training schedule because I want to improve my cardio endurance this year.
To learn more about goal setting, check out this New Year’s Resolutions post from last year.