Updated: Jan 5, 2020
What is a Goal?
Goal: An aim or desired result.
A goal is something you wish to achieve over a certain amount of time. Goals can be long term (take years) or short term (weeks). You can set multiple goals throughout the year or 1 big goal, it's totally up to you! Goals can be used to help you improve your self or your life and find success over time.
You can set a goal around absolutely ANYTHING! Fitness goals, health goals, career goals, family goals, personal goals, this list can go on and on... Maybe you have dreams of being amazing at baking, you can set goals to help attain that skill.
Setting A Goal
When is the right time to set a goal? The answer may shock you, the time is NOW. That's right! Right NOW. Why? Because there is NEVER a "right time" to do anything, and if you wait for the "right time" for something, you will most likely never do it. So, think about that thing that you really, really want for yourself or for your life. Do you want to save money? Get healthy? Find a new career?
Now is the time to start working towards it.
Steps to Setting A Goal
Once you know what it is that you want, you can take a couple steps to set your goal.
1. Nail down what it is that you want.
2. Figure out what you need to do in order to get that thing that you want. Maybe you need to start setting aside $5 each week for that savings account. Or maybe you need to start walking 1 mile each day to begin training for that 5k or half marathon you dream of running. Whatever it is, figure out what you need to do in order to get it.
Write down each habit that you'll need to build to help you reach your goal. Then, nail down approximately how long it might take you to make the changes necessary to achieve your goal.
3. Put A Date On It. That's right, give yourself a deadline. Right it down on a calendar or in a planner. Then work backwards through your timeline. When do you need to implement certain changes or habits?
4. Start Making Changes. Achieving any goal is most likely going to require you to make some habit or lifestyle changes. Start implementing those changes slowly. Maybe by the week or by the month. Do it in a way that feels natural and sustainable.
5. Track Your Progress. Keep some sort of journal or log detailing your habit changes. Each day write down what you did that day to move closer to your goal. Progress tracking can be very goal specific. If you're training for a marathon, you might keep a log of your walking or running mileage each day/week.
Staying on track is not going to be easy, in some cases it might be very, VERY difficult. If you can, you need to find someone to hold you accountable. Get a coach, tell a friend about your goal and ask them to help push you along, or even detail your journey on social media. This way you are more likely to stick to it if others are watching.
You should be excited about your goal. At some point though, that excitement is going to fade away and discipline will have to take its place. Your WANT for your goal has to be greater than any excuse or bout of laziness that you may experience along the way.
If the date of your goal rolls around and you have not yet achieved it, do NOT take that as a failure. Instead, take some time to look back and re-evaluate how much more time you might need in order to finally reach your goal. Sometimes things take longer than we expect them to. Life happens and unfortunately we cannot control everything. Give yourself grace and set a new date. Map out your habits and keep pushing forward.