How to Set Achievable Goals
I bet you’ve been asked, “So, what are your new year's resolutions?” at least 10 times already. If you have some, great, if you don't, that's also great…I’m going to help you set some goals for the year.
This method can be done anytime throughout the year, it doesn’t have to always be at the beginning. In fact, you’ll probably adjust your goals as the year goes on. Here’s the breakdown: we are going to start with big, yearly dreams or goals, then break them up into smaller monthly and daily objectives that will help us eventually get to the overall goal. In this new book I’ve been reading, “The Desired Brand Effect” Tracy Matthews uses this method to help brands focus on measurable and achievable goals. I love this strategy because you don’t need to be a brand to utilize it!
Let’s start with the big goals. These can be literally anything. Take some time and think about what you want to achieve or become this year. Don’t copy someone else's goals; make these personal and meaningful to you. You don’t need to get super specific here either, we will break these down and get more descriptive in the next step. Some examples are: to be more loving with yourself, to be healthier physically and/or mentally, to travel more, to reach the next step in your career, and so on.
Once you have your big, yearly goals, we’re going to break those up into smaller, more measurable goals. Let's take the example of traveling more. You could start by creating an inspiration board with places you want to visit. Then each day you could do research on those places and start saving up for different parts of the trip. It's such a satisfying feeling to check off the little wins as you're leading up to your big goal!
It’s all about doing small things each day that get you closer to your main intention. Here’s another example: you want to be more loving towards yourself. Maybe you start a daily affirmation journal or meditate, by the end of the year you’ll have a whole book full of affirmations and a newfound meditation practice! Do you see where I’m going with this?
You don’t always need a grand plan or awesomely thought out new years resolution, you can start with a feeling or an idea and go from there. Write down all of your big dreams or goals then underneath each one, explain how you plan on achieving it with daily or monthly actions. Little by little you’ll get there!
I hope this exercise helped you get closer to your dreams! I’d love to hear about your goals and how you plan on achieving them, let me know in the comments!