Goal Setting–not just for the New Year

By , January 24, 2014 10:18 am

set goalsNew Year–New You!

With each new year, we are presented with an chance to “reset” our lives to some degree. Reflecting upon the previous year, we often remember our mental, physical and emotional achievements, our accomplishments, and missteps. As a result, most of our goals address the lingering issues and what we most want to change in the coming 365 days.

However, setting goals isn’t something to take lightly; setting goals is an exercise that requires a good deal of insight and intent. Without some thought, unrealistic and unrealized goals can fill us with self-doubt and regret.

At the same time, goals can’t be so easy as they fail to challenge us either. The key is to find a balance between the possible and what causes us to extend beyond our comfort zone. To help set some goals in the new year, we have some tips to keep in mind.

Set Realistic and Specific Goals
Instead of a generic overarching statement such as “be healthier,” identify the specifics needed to achieve what it means to become healthier. For example, exercising 3 days a week for 30 minutes at moderate intensity or eating a vegetable for lunch or dinner are specific, focused ways to becoming healthier.

Plan Ahead
Take a peek at your weekly calendar and schedule resolution actions as you would schedule a dentist appointment or meeting at work. Hold yourself responsible to the commitment as you would to other appointments.

Monitor Your Progress
Divide larger goals in smaller, short-term goals. Accomplishing each small goal along the way will maintain motivation and on track to achieving the larger goal.

Don’t Obsess
We are all human. We will have those days that you will “skip” or simply forget. Don’t obsess over setbacks as they will only serve as obstacles to your progress. Continue moving forward and take advantage of the next opportunity to better yourself.

Reward Yourself!
Create a reward system (that doesn’t involve food!). Change your way of thinking to associate rewards with something else you love: a book, a movie or better yet, a massage!

We are here to help you realize success in 2014. See you in Swinney Recreation Center!

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