People who don’t achieve their goals, that’s who.
I speak from experience on this. The years when I hate setting resolutions are typically the years when the goals feel audacious, I didn’t accomplish what I intended the year before, or my goals lack clarity.
The reality is that goals are the only way we get anything done ever, whether we explicitly set them or not.
Whether we realize it or not, our life is driven by goals. The only reason you get up in the morning, eat food, and go to work is because you set micro-goals.
Goals work. We use them all the time.
Why not make them intentional and meaningful?
I use the the following categories and set 1-3 SMART goals in each:
What makes a great goal? For me, it’s simply about specificity and deadline. Also, I should be able to pinpoint when it’s complete.
For example, “I want to get healthy” isn’t a goal, it’s an aspiration. “I want to work out five times a week” is more of a goal, but lacks specificity. “I want to work out five times a week at 5:30am like this: M — Run for 30 min, T — Chest/Back, W — Run for 30 min, Th — Legs, Fri — Run for 30 min.”
That’s a goal that’s likely to happen.
Once your goals are set, read over them keeping in mind the three things that derail goals:
But what if I don’t accomplish them?
“We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.”
It was never only about the goal in the first place.
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