Every year for New Year's people all over the world set out to make New Year's Resolutions. They create new goals for the new year. Lose 5 pounds, walk more, eat healthier foods... all of these are resolutions that we each make year after year.
But what if this year, you made goals that ACTUALLY benefit your daily life. Creating a plan to age in place or creating a budget for remodeling your bathroom that just doesn't work well for your family anymore. It's important to sit down and think about where you would like to improve your daily life. Is it your home? Work? Improvements that pay off in the future?
Goal setting involves the process of defining specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound objectives that a person would like to achieve. Goals help to motivate individuals and plays a huge role in skill development in all facets of life.
When setting a new goal for yourself, here are some key things to remember:
- Be Specific: Define your goals in clear and concise terms.
- Be Measurable: Set goals that can be quantified and tracked.
- Be Achievable: Set goals that are realistic and can be reached.
- Be Relevant: Set goals that are aligned with your values and your priorities.
- Be time-bound: Set goals that have a timeline and a deadline.
To get started setting your very own goals for the New Year, you can follow these simple steps:
1. Identify Your Goals: What is most important and what do you hope to achieve the most in the new year?
2. Write Down Your Goals: Write down your goals on paper or keep them stored on your computer. Make sure they are easily accessible so that you can refer back to them throughout the year.
3. Break Down Your Goals: Divide your goals up into smaller, more manageable tasks and check off pieces as completed.
4. Create a Plan: Develop a plan of action to see your goals through to the finish line. How do you plan to achieve them? What's the sequence of events that needs to take place in order for this goal to be achieved?
5. Track Your Progress: Throughout the year, check back frequently on your goals and monitor your progress. Adjust your plan as needed to hit your goal!
Remember, goals that are meaningful and that require a great deal of effort, can't be completed overnight! Patience, perseverance, and commitment to your goal is the key to success!
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