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New Year’s Resolutions… Focus on Goal Setting

Did you know goal setting is an ongoing process?

photo-blog-goal-settingAt the beginning of a New Year we plan our New Year’s Resolutions and strive to set goals.  I have never been one to identify a list of New Year’s Resolutions.

However, goal setting is important, and I do set goals. Goal setting compels one to think about your ideal future, and how to motivate yourself to achieve your goals.  Goal setting prevents one from feeling like you are adrift in this world and not getting ahead!

Successful goal setting should be an ongoing process, and not exclusively for the beginning of a new year.  Counselors and psychologists report that individuals who make consistent progress towards their goals tend to be happier! So how do we get started in setting goals?

How and why should we set goals?

Top level achievers whether in business, sports, or all fields of life became successful because they set goals.  Setting goals helps one to identify short and long term vision for your life.

Once the goals are identified, the individual becomes motivated to focus on acquiring knowledge, resources, and organizing your time to meet your goals for life.  Long term goals can be over the next five to ten years, or they can be more short term, like focusing on what can I achieve today, tomorrow, next week or this month.

Goal setting can be as simple and practical, and should always be written down.

What are some tips for choosing goals.

When getting started on choosing goals, focus on the following categories that are important to you.Goals can pertain to career, financial, education, family, physical, pleasurable, attitude, and public service.

This is not an all-inclusive list, but offers some categories where one can get started.
  During this process brainstorming will encourage the creative juices.  Then gradually consider trimming your goals in the categories you have selected, so you have a smaller number, but goals that are really significant for you.

How can I succeed in goal setting?

  • Write down your goals.
  • Identify realistic goals.
  • Keep your goals few in number.
  • Make your goals actionable.  Every goal should start with an action verb.
  • Make your goals measureable.  You want to know when you have met the goal.
  • Identify a completion date.  Every goal should end with a “by when date” otherwise your goal is just a dream.
  • Review them frequently.  The process of reviewing your goals, keeping them the same or making changes, is what turns your goals into reality.

Reward yourself for successfully completing goals.

Once you have achieved a goal, reward yourself.  This helps to build self-confidence, a sense of accomplishment, and joy with success.  Remember to review your other goals, and add new goals at any time, or drop goals that are no longer important or relevant.  If you experience failure in achieving a goal, focus on what you have learned and experienced from the process.  Celebrate your small and big picture goals.  Goals will keep you focused on your journey of life.

Want to find out more?

MichaelHyatt.com
The Beginner’s Guide to Goal Setting

Mindtools.com
Personal Goal Setting

Helen Trowsdale, President of AA Care Services, is a nurse administrator with over 30 years of experience as a BSN, psychiatric nurse, and geriatric care manager with adults as well as pediatrics in hospitals, private duty home health care agencies, and residential home health care. Her team of caregivers are dedicated to serving their clients with home care in San Antonio, New Braunfels, and Austin; providing clients with consistent, quality care while minimizing the number of caregivers in the home. Learn more about AA Care Services.

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