Goal Setting for 2019 - How’s It Going?
Wow, the gym’s been packed the past two weeks. I know in a few weeks only a fraction of these people striving to get in shape in the New Year will be left. Why? Well, it’s often because life gets in the way. Their routine gets interrupted somehow and one day leads to two, leads to a week, a month, etc. Sometimes it’s boredom, other times it’s frustration, for others it is fear. This happens with many goals so how might we have a better chance of staying the course for the long term?
- It takes 21 times to make something a habit. It hasn’t even been 21 days yet! Give yourself time to adjust to your new activities - they will come easier.
- Goals that are written down, reviewed regularly, and announced out loud to others are more likely to be followed.
- Surround yourself with positive people who support your goals and who do not seek to sabotage you. Being part of a community can be helpful - whether in person or online.
- Each day is a fresh beginning. If you made a mistake and got off track yesterday, begin again today. Leave it in the past.
- Establish accountability - whether that is with a personal trainer, a professional/business coach, or even by keeping track and recording your steps toward the goal (writing down your progress).
- Break big goals down into smaller pieces and work on the activities one by one.
- Don’t expect too much too soon or you may get frustrated - think of the tortoise and how, though slow, he kept moving forward to eventually win the race.
- The first step is often the hardest - if you got started, you’ve already done the hard part! Sign up, make the call, make the appointment, make it happen.
- Have a mantra that you repeat to yourself. Yes you can! Self-talk can often be an enemy of goal setting - believe and achieve!
- Visualize yourself having already achieved the goal - what does that look like? Use a vision board (pictures that remind you of what you are working toward in a collage that you hang and look at regularly).
- Have the right tools for the job. Want to work out? Get yourself a pair of sneakers. Want to eat well? Get rid of the junk food in your home and have an array of healthy options. Want to be better organized? Get some filing folders. Want to get your finances in order? Work with a professional.
We all set goals by design or by default. Think about where you want to be one year from today and put one foot in front of the other. How can I help?
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.
Todd A. Slingerland, CFP®
6 Tower Place Albany, NY 12203