With all the excitement of the new years celebrations slowly fading, now is the perfect time to review your goals for the year ahead. We all have the best intentions going forward, however sometimes we fall short of gaining momentum on the things we want to achieve for this year.
Generally people believe that goal setting can take up too much time, hence why people are so hesitant to even begin. However with our helpful guide, your goals for the year ahead setting will take no time at all and will help you start the year with the very best intentions.
Furthermore studies have shown that writing down your goals has actually been proven to make you more productive. So by just getting started using our guide you are already on the right path to set yourself up for success.
How to set your goals:
We recommend splitting your goals up into four different categories; PERSONAL, FAMILY, HEALTH & WEALTH.
Personal are for the goals you wish to achieve for YOU. An example of this could be “My goal is to become a confident salsa dancer by the end of the year”. Family refers to the goals you wish to achieve in your family relationships i.e “Spend more time helping my children with their homework”. Health is all the body/fitness/mind goals you would like to achieve throughout the year, for example “ I want to achieve 10 reps of unassisted pull ups”. And for Wealth you should be looking at your finance goals and how you want to improve them, for example “By the end of the first quarter of this year, I want to have negotiated a pay rise with my boss”.
Once you have set your goals you need to understand why they are important to you. Without a driving force, our goals are harder to achieve. So you want to make sure that you have clear vision of the ‘why’.
The next step is to get deep and figure out what it will ‘feel’ like to achieve this goal. A good example would be “I want to learn how to get 10 reps of unassisted pull ups, as it will make me feel stronger”.
In addition to finding out how it makes you feel, you also want to figure out what might be holding you back from achieving your goal. You want to ask yourself “Why haven’t I accomplished my goal?” Some of the most common answers here are ‘I haven’t had the time’ or ‘I don’t feel confident enough’ or ‘I don’t have enough money’. Writing the reasons why can help you to squash the excuses that are in you way, making them no-longer a reason to hold you back.
The final step is to find out what you can do TODAY to achieve these goals. The questions you want to ask yourself are; Who do I need to call? Who do I have to say ‘no’ to? What can I delegate to others? What needs to be arranged or rearranged? What conversations do I need to have? Using the same example as above, if your goal is to do 10 unassisted reps of pull ups you should dedicate a day/time every week where you will concentrate purely on achieving your pull up goal. It will take time and repetition, but it will happen and that’s the beauty of setting a goal.
So what are you waiting for, there is no better time to print out our FREE downloadable Goal Setting Guide and get a start on your best year yet!
What are your plans for the year ahead? Feel free to share your goals in the comments below.