Last January, like so many others, I set several goals for the new year. How did I do? Eh. So-so. I defiantely accomplished a few, but I will never meet my own standards. This undeniable fact inspired me to take a new approach to setting goals for myself!
If you have a huge list of things that you want to accomplish, it's pretty unlikely that you will be able to complete every single goal. It's just plain impossible to be perfect, much to my dismay. We all have that internal list-lose 10 pounds, save more money, always have my nails done, hang out with friends more often, keep the house spotless...overwhelmed yet?
You can't help but feel overwhelmed when faced with that daunting to-do list. That's why it's so easy to just say you'll start tomorrow. And why I want to approach that list differently. You know that feeling you get when you write down your to-do list and you check off every single thing? It's the best! But, it's such a rare occasion. I want to feel that feeling everyday. So, the solution? Make your list really short.
Every morning write down 2-3 goals for the day. These goals need to be specific and realistic. These 2-3 things are going to be the things that will make you feel the most accomplished for the day. For example: My 2 goals for today are to hit 10,00 steps on my Fitbit and to get to Target to buy a few party supplies. Anything else I accomplish will be be a bonus!
Tonight when I check off both things, I am going to feel awesome. Not only did I get my list finished but I was also able to grocery shop and write a blog post. That is why this works. So many goals and resolutions fail because it's unrealistic to accomplish. You feel guilty and unmotivated when you didn't do it. Anyone can accomplish 2 or 3 things a day. And those 2-3 things can really help you meet your long term goals too! Those 10,000 steps will help me get in shape. I'm buying those party supplies for a party where I will get to be with my friends. Both of those are 2 of my bigger goals!
Leave me a comment: How do you set your goals? Are you good at keeping New Year's Resolutions? Do you even make a goal for the new year?
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