Goal Setting Method: How to set goals and stick with them
It is true, any of us can set goals and New Year’s Eve is a popular time to start. A New Year makes us feel like we have a clean slate to get in shape, earn more money, or learn something new. But did you know, 80% of New Years Resolutions fail by February? And why is that?
Research shows that people who set goals are more likely to accomplish their tasks but are we all going about it wrong? Why do so many goals go by the wayside after a month or so?
First, we have to look at how we set goals. Are we just verbally saying we want to do something or are we writing out our goals with a plan of action? Creating a solid plan and putting it down on paper is an awesome way to start.
I am a former teacher and my students and I used to set goals every marking period. Yes, this was fun for me! I loved teaching the little ones how to accomplish a goal, revisit, and set new goals. We would revisit our goals every marking period and my best advice about goal setting was and still is we can always become a better version of ourselves.
So even if you got an A last marking period, why not set a goal to create better study habits or learn even more on the subject (at the time I was teaching Special Education Science – which I loved BTW.) Even if you excel in one area, there is always something you can improve upon to be this amazing version of yourself. What a positive lesson!
One of the best ways to set a goal is to write it down. Goals should also be measurable and it helps to create a plan of action. So whether your goal is financial, fitness, or travel success you can do it!
How Do I Measure a Goal?
What does “measurable” mean? It means you can check your goal at the end of your time frame and measure whether you achieved it or not. Setting a goal to simply lose weight is not measurable. However, by being more specific you will be able to check your progress. For example, you could state your goal like this: “I will lose five pounds in four weeks.” The second goal gives a timeline and a clear amount of weight you want to lose. You are WAY more likely to meet this type of goal than just randomly saying you want to do something.
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