And actually achieve them.
People are generally terrible at setting goals – and even worse about holding themselves accountable to them. Setting goals and following is an art – a discipline – a habit.
GOOD NEWS! We’re going to systematically show you how to set reasonable goals, measure them and ultimately make your goals into habits that you achieve…
Let’s take these one at a time:
- To do this you must be very honest with yourself.
- Be reasonable in your expectations – if you have never worked out, let’s not start with run a marathon, but something like, “Walk 3 days a week every week.”
- Be sure your goals are measurable. A goal like, “eat better,” isn’t measurable – if you eat one meal better than last year, you’re done. Try something like, “Cook 3 meals at home a week,” or, “Only eat fast food one day a week,” or, “Take lunch to work instead of eating out.”
- I suggest putting a weekly reminder in your calendar at first to review your goals.
- It may help you to write a journal or notes each week as well.
- If you need to adjust, make it slight – don’t cut your goal in half, but use systematic ideas – such as, “If I can lose 3 pounds a month, that will be 36 pounds by the end of the year.
- People are generally not great at goal setting the first few times – that’s why so many fail at it.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself, just correct the problem (remember the goals aren’t the problem – it might be the person setting them).
- Base your next years’ goals on what you actually achieved the year before – if you wrote 5 handwritten Thank You notes, then go for 8-10 the following year – not 20.
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