As you well know, I’m a fanatic about setting goals. Why? Because I’ve experienced firsthand the fruit and fulfillment that comes from setting a goal and working hard toward it. In addition, without goals, you have nothing that you’re aiming for. And complacency and floundering are often the result.
Goals give you passion, purpose, motivation, and drive. You wake up each day with intention: you have a plan and you have direction.
While you might not end up as far along as you’d hoped to be at the end of the year, if you set goals and whittle away at them each month, week, and day, I promise that you’ll be farther along than if you did nothing.
How to Get Started With Goal-Setting
If you’re brand-new to the idea of setting goals, please do yourself a tremendous favor and start small. The surefire way to experience goal-setting failure is to break off way more than you can chew.
Consider your priorities and where you want to be in a year from now. Think about the time you’ll have to invest. Then, choose 3-15 specific goals for the year. Write them down and put them in a very conspicuous place (i.e. on your fridge, as the screensaver on your iPhone, on your bathroom mirror.)
Free Printable Goal-Setting Worksheets
To help you out, here are two printable and customizable Goal Planning Forms you can download, type into, save, and print. Or, you can just print them and hand write your goals in. These printable forms were made to go along with the steps in this post.
Break Your Goals Down Into Bite-Sized Pieces
Once you have those Yearly Goals in place, take some time to map out a plan for how you’re going to accomplish your goals. Write down the specific steps you will take each month to get where you hope to be in a year from now.
I encourage you to take this two steps further and break your monthly goals down into weekly and daily goals. You don’t have to do this for the whole year right now, but definitely make a plan for January.
Then, at the end of January, review the progress you’ve made and create a plan for February. Continue to do this at the end of each month and I can guarantee you that you’ll have a very productive year.
Don’t Give Up
You’ll probably tweak some of your goals as the year goes on. You might even throw some goals out the window entirely. That’s totally okay.
Whatever happens, though, do not give up. If you get knocked down, pick yourself back up, dust yourself off, and keep going.
Little bit by little bit, you will change your life… all because you set goals, broke them down into bite-sized pieces, and followed through with them.
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What’s your best advice for someone who is brand-new to the idea of setting goals?
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