I can’t believe that 2015 is here! I love this time of year because it feels like a starting over point. You know how some people, I know I do, when trying to get back on a fitness routine or are trying to start eating better, say “I’ll start Monday”? Well right NOW is my Monday for goal setting and planning on what I want to achieve for the New Year. As a Speech Therapist I learned many tricks about goal setting in school that have stuck with me and really tend to help keep me on track, so I thought I would share with you!
The most important component of a goal is that it needs to be measurable. It is real easy to make broad and generic goals. Here are some examples: I want to eat better, I want to have a cleaner house, I want to lose weight, I want to spend more time with my kids. Those are all fantastic goals, however there is nothing really clear of how you are going achieve them. I can remember one of my professors standing in front of me after I had read a list of goals I had for one of my clients and she said to me, great goals, but how are you going to do it. This is so important, so for the generic goals above it is best to make them specific!
Instead of eat better, how about eat 3 vegetables a day for 5 days out of the week and no sweets during the week. Instead of a cleaner house, clean the bathrooms every Tuesday and mop the floors every Monday and Wednesday. Instead of lose weight, I am going to run for 30 min 5 times a week and I am going to do 30 sit ups before bed 6 days a week. Instead of spend more time with my kids, I am going to read a night time story 3 times a week and I will play a board game with the kids 2 times a week with no distractions (no cell phones, etc.).
I also am a big believer that short term goals will help lead you to achieve your long term goals. Rather than setting a goal for next year how about take it month by month or if you need week by week. Lastly, reward yourself. We all love a reward now and then and frankly we deserve it! The reward doesn’t need to be big, just something that reminds us that we accomplished something. For me I use small little stickers, and in my planner I put a small sticker next to any goal that I have achieved. Every time I see that sticker it reminds me that I set a goal, I attacked that goal, and I achieved it!
So go out and find out what motivates you, set a measurable goal and feel amazing when you achieve it!