I randomly came across this helpful and inspiring little list of ways to improve your goal setting, technically is health based but the idea is transferable.
To improve your chances of actually achieving your New Year’s resolution this year, make sure your goal has the following characteristics:
- It is simple, realistic and achievable for you.
Perhaps your initial New Year’s resolution of losing 20kg is actually a long term goal. It might be more achievable to set more of a short term goal (e.g. to lose 5kg within the next 2 months) as your work towards your long term goal weight.
Is never drinking soft drink ever again a realistic goal if you currently consume 2L cola each day? Although this is a fabulous goal to have, perhaps you could start by initially halving your consumption of soft drinks and reducing it further thereafter.
- It is measurable.
How are you going to measure your success if your resolution is to ‘eat healthier’? Perhaps a more measurable goal would be to ‘eat 2 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables each day’ or to ‘only consume 1 small takeaway meal per week’. If you can’t measure your success you won’t ever be able to objectively determine whether you’ve achieved your goal or not.
- It includes a measure of time.
Following on from a goal being measurable, it’s always a good idea to set yourself a time limit of when you expect to be able to achieve your goal. Perhaps you could set a short term goal and a longer term goal for 2016.
For example, ‘I will lose an average of 0.5kg per week over 12 weeks to arrive at my short term weight reduction goal of 6kg.’ Or ‘I will be able to complete 20 push-ups in a row by 30 June 2016’.
There are also some other fantastic idea's such as:
- Eat a small handful of nuts every day as a healthy snack (e.g. to replace your sweet biscuit at morning tea)
- Reduce the sugar you add to your tea/coffee by half
- Consume breakfast every morning (it can be as simple as a homemade smoothie using 250ml milk and blending with a banana)
Personally I found it surprisingly motivational. Here's the link to read the rest!!