Goal setting is difficult, even for the most goal savvy girls out there. Online, people make it look incredibly easy to do. You just write down things you want to do and suddenly they become amazing goals to accomplish. The problem is that people don’t show you what actually goes into goals, and how much is truly behind those little bullet lists of goals.
First of all, figuring out what you want to do for yourself, or even for others, is the first step in figuring out a goal. Try to think of something that you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time. Think of some self-improvement things that really need to get done but you’re always pushing off for a later date. Those should be your very first goals. Those can be some of the easiest to stay motivated for, no matter what happens. Other goals could be really small, like saving money for a vacation, or even just promising to do small volunteer things.
After you pick a goal you really have to break it down into smaller, more tangible goals. Trying to reach a huge goal without a plan immediately sets you up for failure. Think about setting small goals, such as a monthly or weekly goal you should reach. If you’re trying to save money, think about saving $10 every week. If you’re trying to lose weight, try setting a goal of 1 or 2 pounds every month. Don’t make your “mini-goals” too high or else you won’t be able to reach them, making you lose motivation and determination to reach your overall goal.
You now have a way to make goals! Yay! But how do you manage all of your new found goals? First, you need to reward yourself when you do finish a goal. I’m not saying that you should go back and do something that will negatively affect your progress, but maybe give yourself a little cheat day, or one day to sit back and relax a bit. Also, you need to make sure that your goals aren’t going to be taking over your life. They should be a supplement (aka add on) to your life, not something that interferes with everything. Keep a balance between real life and “goal life.”
Congratulations! We’ve now figured out how to make goals, keep goals, and make sure they don’t interfere with life. This new year, try hard to make a goal for yourself, especially if you’ve never made one or kept one. It’s not too difficult, but making tangible goals can get frustrating. Just keep calm and keep striding towards accomplishing those goals.
TXTgirl :: Orange County
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