Write it down
The first step to goal setting is writing it down. Having those words posted somewhere to remind you every day what you’re working towards. And this way you can hold yourself accountable.
Think Micro and Macro
There are two types of goals – small ones, and larger ones you set in order to achieve your ultimate goals. For example, you want to write a book and publish a book in 3 years, you’d first brain storm what is it you want to write about then work on the writing portion (small steps) during set times. A large goal may be to find a publisher.
Sure you can set a bunch of goals at the beginning of the year but many can get lose in the journey. Being more specific about what you really want to achieve will help you follow through. Saying “I want to lose weight” is way too broad. How many pounds? How many times are going to the gym? Are you changing your eating habits? What’s your deadline?
Give yourself a deadline
Setting a deadline ties into be specific because once you narrow down your goal there are steps to follow. You purse a new goal or project with passion and urgency in order to meet deadlines and see results. There could be multiple deadlines that are building blocks to meet the overall goal.
Celebrate your achievements
It took me a while to begin celebrating small achievements because I hadn’t achieved my overall goal. It’s important to celebrate victories in life, no matter how big or small. This can be anything from getting a pedicure or treating yourself to a vacation. Whatever it is, when you meet a goal, recognize it and pat yourself on the back. You’re doing a great job!