The first few months of the year are when everyone is setting goals for what they want to achieve in the next 365 days. If you have started thinking about your goals, let me ask you: are you ready to make 2019 your best year yet?! It’s important, when you think about goals you want to achieve in a year, a month, or a week, that you know how to set strong goals for yourself.
Learning to set strong goals is like a muscle you workout and refine over time. Even for me, it’s a work in progress! As I’ve set more and more goals for myself over the last 10 years--and figured out what works and what doesn’t--three important questions have become central to setting strong goals that I can follow through with.
Is it tangible? Can you check it off?
Maybe your goal is to “lose weight.” What does that look like for you? Many people share that goal, but every human being on this planet is different, and that goal is going to look different for each of us too. “Lose weight” isn’t measurable by itself...so what does it mean to you?
A more measurable goal might be to lose 2 inches off your waist or lose 5 pounds and keep them off until December 31, 2019. You can look at either of those goals, measure them, and know when you have accomplished them.
Let’s stick with that goal of losing 5 pounds. Ask yourself if it’s something you’ll actually do. The key to actually achieving your goals is setting goals that are things you want to do. Looking back, you might have a long list of goals you set for yourself that you were never able to check off.
If you want it and it’s important to you, you’ll do it. If it doesn’t feel important, then maybe you’ve created a goal that isn’t yours.
And that leads me to the third question…
Many times we write down goals that are trendy or that we think we should achieve because we know someone else who is working toward that goal. Your sister wants to get married, so you want to get married. Your best friend wants to be a millionaire and live a glamorous lifestyle, so you think it would be cool to do the same.
We have all, at some point, taken someone else’s goals and dreams and made them our own. But the most important thing to ask yourself is what you would really like!
Would you really like to lose 5 pounds or are you happy with your body the way it is? Is it important to you? If you really wanted to lose it, you probably would have already done it, or at least started!
Part of setting strong goals for yourself is to ask deeper questions about what you’re doing and why. So let’s recap…
When you think of a goal you would like to accomplish, ask yourself:
Ask yourself these questions as you begin writing down your goals for 2019. Not sure where to start? Write down what you’d like to accomplish in the next month! I write my goals for the year, each month, each week, and even daily goals, but if that feels overwhelming, start small.
Taking that first step by writing down your goals, then reviewing the list and asking yourself these 3 important questions, will set you on the path to setting strong, achievable goals this year.