Whoa. Its almost here. The New Year. Time to look back and assess the past year. Time to look forward and plan the year ahead. Each year 45% of americans make New Years resolutions. Only 8% actually follow through on their resolutions. Most make their New Years resolutions and a few months later are back where they started. I have so many goals and things I want to accomplish in 2014 and I want to be in the 8% who succeed with their goals. Because of this I have been researching Goal Setting. Here are a few things I have learned.
1) Write down your goals. Studies show that 90% of people don’t write down their goals. The act of writing down your goal makes it real. Putting your goals on paper helps you remember them. It makes you commit to them. You are now accountable to them. When you look at your written goals it makes you hustle to complete them.
2) Be specific. Your goals need to be attainable, they need an action plan. Instead of setting the goal to get healthy, which is too vague, set a goal of eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, or drinking eight glasses of water daily, or exercising for 10 minutes each day.
3) Have a time limit. Instead of setting a goal to read more books in 2014, set a goal of finishing 3 books a month. Instead of setting the goal of losing 60 pounds in 2014, set the goal to lose 5 pounds a month.
4) Most importantly, look at your goals often. Check your progress. Remind yourself of why you set the goal in the first place. You will be surprised by how much you can accomplish with written goals.
Looking back on 2013 I can see how much my husband and I progressed because of our written goals. I’m looking forward to seeing these new tips put into practice in our home in the coming year. I don’t know about you but I’m excited and ready to get started on my goals for 2014!