Do you struggle to achieve the goals you set for yourself?
Looking for some help in setting your goals for 2015?
It is that time of year again, goal setting time. Soon, the Internet will be rampant with the best and greatest tips to setting your blogging, social media, and a number of other goals you want to accomplish in 2015.
No matter what type of goal you are setting, it can be hard to accomplish it. Today, we are sharing 6 tips to setting goals that you can actually accomplish.
Not a Fan of Goal Setting
These days, I am a big goal setting person. Every morning, I set about 5 – 7 goals for the day. My planner is full of highlighted goals. Highlighted means that I have accomplished them.
If you want to get on my bad side, just try and highlight a goal that I’ve accomplished – that’s my job. I love the feeling of accomplishing my goals and seeing the success of the day.
If I’m honest though, I have not always had such a great relationship with goal setting.
What is the saying? Fill in the blank is a great servant but a horrible master?
Goal setting is a great servant, but a horrible master.
Not accomplishing goals can be a big downer. In fact, I used to set goals and when I knew I couldn’t accomplish them, I would just stop trying – which is the exact opposite of what you want.
The following 6 tips have helped me to turn my goal setting blunders around. Use these 6 tips to help you set your goals for this New Year.
6 Tips to Setting Goals You Can Actually Accomplish
“Those who write their goals down accomplish significantly more than those who do not write their goals.” – Michael Hyatt
- Stephen Covey’s Begin With The End In Mind
This is Stephen’s second habit in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Stephen writes that,
“To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you’re going so that you better understand where you are now and so that the steps you take are always in the right direction.”
Take some time to dream and decide where you want to be in a particular area. Picture yourself where you would like to be. Ask yourself at the end of this year where do I want my blog, health, website or business to be?
- Molly Cain’s Be Realistic Tip
In an article by Molly Cain for Forbes.com, she writes about 6 Ways to Achieve Any Goal. One of my favorite tips she provides is to be realistic when you are setting goals.
People all over are going to start this New Year with the goal to get in shape. Molly reminds us that you don’t need to be a rail-thin to “lose some body fat and waltz around confidently in your favorite outfit.”
- Michael Hyatt’s Make Them “Smart” Tip
Michael lets us in a tip that is so helpful when setting goals. He writes that every goal needs to meet the following SMART criteria,
- Specific – Try to develop goals that are as specific as possible. Instead of I want to run more this year as a goal, write I want to run 450 miles this year.
- Measurable – Try to write goals that can be measured. The example above works here as well. I cannot measure if I really am running more this year or not. I can measure how many of the 450 miles that I have ran throughout the year.
- Actionable – Start your goals with an action word like run, write, finish and quit, instead of a to-be verb like am, be, and have. I love Michael’s example here for this one. Instead of setting a goal to blog more consistently, he recommends a goal to write two blog post per week.
- Realistic – A goal’s purpose is to push you to be more but there is a common sense piece like we talked about above with Molly Cain’s tip.
- Time-bound – Set a date on when you want to accomplish your goal. For example, run 450 miles by December 31st.
- Crystal Paine’s Keep the List Short
In Crystal’s article, 4 Things That Will Keep You From Goal-Setting Success, her first tip is to stop biting off more than you can chew. Whenever setting goals, keep the list short, like 5-7 goals per list.
- Put It In Writing
This is the real key to any success that I have with goal setting. I am so much more likely to accomplish the goals that I set when I have put pen to paper.
This year, I am really excited because I have the coolest planner coming to me in the mail. I love planners. I tend to buy a lot of them, but this year, I am proud to say that I have used only 1.
As a reward, I splurged on this amazing planner called Passion Planner. If you love using planners too, I would encourage you to check it out. Putting goals into writing has never been so easy.
My husband isn’t really a pen to paper kind of a guy. He uses an app called Wunderlist and loves it.
- Making Progress
I think though the biggest tip that I could give is that any progress you make towards your goal is progress. If you set a goal to run 450 miles this year and only run 350, that is still three-hundred and fifty miles that you ran this year.
Bringing It Home
Tis the season to set goals. Twenty-fifteen is just around the corner. So, let me ask you again, this time next year, what would you like to have accomplished?
Please let us know your favorite goal setting tip in the comment section below.
Have a wonderful week and happy blogging.