“I’m going to run a sub-2:00 half marathon this year.”
“I’m going to lose 15 pounds this year.”
“I’m going to stop eating refined carbs for a month”
We’ve all set some high and lofty goals in our lives. Sometimes we get close, but a lot of times our planning and expectations are unrealistic and we fail. There is nothing worse than feeling like you are a failure or you can’t accomplish goals. But a lot of times we aren’t smart when we set our goals in the first place, so we set ourselves up for failure. Let’s talk about how to set goals you will actually accomplish with these goal setting tips!
How to set goals you will actually accomplish:
- Be realistic. The year you are having a baby is probably not the year you will also run a marathon. There just isn’t enough sleep for that. 😉 That doesn’t mean it will never happen, it means that now isn’t the right time, but you could work on a personal record for your 5K time. Can you really live without sugar for a whole year? Maybe instead choose a goal of 80% of the time making sugar-free choices. That goal is more likely to happen and you are more likely to stick to it long-term.
- Be practical. A goal needs to be well thought out both in why you want to do it and how you are going to do it. So take some time to think and journal your why and how. Your why and how may look like: “I want to run a sub 30 minute 5K because it will push me to exercise regularly and thoughtfully. I will complete my first fun 5K in March and work at improving my speed over the course of the year by completing the Hal Higdon speed training plan and completing a 5K every other month.”
- Be timely. Some people respond really well to deadlines: they work faster under pressure and NEED that fixed time motivating them to finish. Other people find deadlines negatively stressful and if they feel like they won’t make their deadline they just give up. Know how you respond to time pressures and organize your goals accordingly. Having a mix of shorter time frame and longer time frame goals can be helpful too.
- Be small. Better to tackle small goals and set new ones when they are done, than to set crazy, huge goals you struggle to make headway on. Also, try to keep your goals succinct. 10 goals can quickly get overwhelming, but 3 goals narrows your focus and forces you to concentrate on what’s most important.
- Be visual. I don’t know how many times I’ve chosen an awesome goal and then life just catches up to me and 3-4 weeks have gone by without me doing anything to make progress towards my goal. Last year I posted my new year’s goals on my fridge and updated them with my progress throughout the year. It kept me accountable and my goals at the forefront of my mind.
If you haven’t yet, download my FREE 2016 GOALS PLANNER to help you set amazing and attainable goals for your life! I included a broad number of categories to encourage you to be intentional in different areas of your life. Don’t feel like you NEED a goal for every spot, remember sometimes smaller is better. With a little intention you can easily set goals you will actually accomplish this year. I can’t wait to cheer you on!
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What is one goal you are going to knock out of the park this year?
What’s your biggest goal-setting challenge?
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