• Amy Hammond

Goal Setting: It's Not Just for the New Year

The New Year isn’t the only time of year you can set resolutions. All you need is some focus, initiative and a desire for improvement to set goals and start down a path of overall improvement. From work to recreation, family to personal health, let today be the day you decide to make a change for the better. Here are some simple steps to get you started in the right direction:

Reflect. Ask yourself what has worked for you in the past and what hasn’t. Was training for that 5K easier with a pal or going it solo on a treadmill? Was it easier to eat more vegetables when the chocolate chip cookies were left behind at the store?

Focus. Take a good look at what changes you want to make. Most importantly, be specific. Don’t just aim to be slimmer. Focus on the things that can help you achieve that (such as the aforementioned 5K) and set a date for when you will accomplish it.

Write it down. Put your goal in writing, whether in a journal, on your iPhone or even a mirror so you can be constantly reminded of what you intend to do.

Tell someone. Accountability will help keep you focused, on the right path and motivated. Tell your friends, spouse, kids and/or parents, and ask them to encourage you to reach your goal.

Get to work. You have thought about it and told people, but now it’s time to actually take action. If you feel yourself losing steam at any point (which is bound to happen), get creative and explore new ways to get there.

Enjoy the journey. Don’t wait for the final result to celebrate your progress. Share your journey and mini-triumphs with friends, colleagues and social media acquaintances.

Be proud. And when you finally get there, don’t hold back. Be proud of what you’ve done and the time you’ve spent getting there. Then it’s time to start all over again with some reflection, focus and an entirely new goal to take you to yet another level of accomplishment.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Meagan of Defining Motherhood | Photo © Heather Donahue}

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