If you have found yourself on this blog, we know that you are ambitious and ready to set new goals. Here are 4 steps to take when setting your next goals!
1. Evaluate your current situation.
To reasonably decide where you want to be in the future, you must first understand where you are in life now and how you got there. This doesn't have to be a full in-depth therapy session with yourself; just take about an hour to reflect. For example, if you are setting a financial goal, use it to evaluate what led to your current financial situation (whether it be good or bad).
2. Dreams and Goals
What do you want your life story to look like? How does the goal that you are crafting relate to your dream life? If the goal that you are creating doesn't contribute to your overall journey, then why are you wasting your time? This is a trap that many people fall into when comparing their life to others. Make sure your goals are for YOU, and you aren't just immolating someone else.
3. Follow the S.M.A.R.T Goal Rules
Be Specific: For example, if you're setting a money savings goal, make sure you have a specific amount. Don't just say, "I want to be financially independent."
Be Measurable: Quantify your goal. If your goal is to lead a healthier lifestyle, write down exactly what that looks like to you. How long do you need to consistently meal prep, workout four days a week, and drink water for it to be considered your new "lifestyle".
Be Attainable: Take your time and honestly determine what you can reasonably accomplish. Take into account your other responsibilities, your finances, and any other factors that may affect your goal journey.
Be Realistic: Is your goal humanly possible? Does it defy logic?
Be Timely: Associate a time frame with each goal. "I wan to save X amount of dollars by December 31st, 2020".
4. Create an accountability system
This is the hardest part about setting goals. Staying on track takes discipline. For some, committing to a goal by writing it down on a board or in a planner is enough for them. However, other's may need to ask a friend or family member to be their accountability buddy! A person who knows the details of your goal and motivates you to stay on track.