Every January, a very high percentage of us sit down and start to plan or think about our resolutions for the new year. Every year we see people start with high hopes for their health, giving up a bad habit, potential new career focus, saving money etc. but often we see these goals fizzling out. Why does that happen? Is it that people aren’t motivated or are we sabotaging our own success by setting unrealistic expectations on ourselves?
Someone once told me “it’s best to set goals that feel like a two-foot toss.” There is a lot of wisdom in this. Give yourself simple, easy, daily micro goals (that may feel as easy as tossing a ball to a friend) to help you attain that big goal! Breaking things down into manageable bite size tasks will help ensure success and keep you motivated by seeing small gains more often.
Another important aspect to goal setting is also looking at daily intentions. What do you intend to do that day that will help you get ahead in your long-term goal/resolution?
Below is a small chart that I often use for my goal setting, which can be applied at any point (does not have to be in January!). This is also a great way to hold yourself accountable.
I find setting at least five steps as a starting point is a great way to break down the over-arching goal, but feel free to include as many steps as you need to get your goal accomplished.
The important thing to remember is it’s okay to fall off the goal wagon, as long as you get back on track. Just because you don’t get something accomplished on your target date, it doesn’t mean the whole goal falls apart. Be kind to yourself and know that life happens – sometimes we can’t get everything accomplished in the 24 hours we have in a day. Staying motivated by revisiting your plan and getting back on track as soon as you can will help to ensure continued success on attaining your long-term goal.
Finally remember to have fun with your goals, don’t always set things that are too serious – it is important to have targets that provide you with time to reenergize and take care of yourself so you can take on your next challenge.
Happy goal setting!
Patricia Bexis is a senior consultant with Feldman Daxon Partners.
- On February 1, 2019