‘Tis the season for goal setting, right? We start to hear lots of talk about goals and resolutions at this time of year, and it absolutely makes me giddy because goals may just be my favorite thing ever in life. (Other than Jesus. And my husband. And the Cs. Okay and lots of things, but I do love goals a lot. 🙂 )
As I have mentioned many, many times on this blog, I love goals so much because I believe they work. They’re motivating and inspiring and encouraging and scary and overwhelming and phenomenal all rolled into one.
I have set goals many, many different ways, but I’ve found that my goals are most effective when they’re based on my priorities… and I just happen to have a cute little printable to help make that happen!
So why define my priorities first? I think if you ask most people, “What are your top priorities?” they would be able to rattle off 3-5 things that are most important to them in their lives. I’ve found, though, that the list of priorities I rattle off is not always reflected in the way I spend my time or even in how I set my goals.
For example, I looked back at the goal-setting post that I did during my first month of blogging in 2013, and I had listed 26 goals. 26! That’s a lot! I don’t know that there is any way I could possibly make 26 different things a priority in my life.
Were they all good things? Yes. Was it realistic to be able to put my full amount of dedication and effort into all them? Nope. Not even close.
So this year, after I had set my list of priorities, I decided to simplify. I set only 5 goals which, coincidentally, meant one goal for each of my priorities. And as I usually do when I set goals, I put a few action steps in place for each one.
See, it’s one thing to say, “I want to lose 10 pounds in the next three months.” But it’s another thing to declare your weight loss goal and set up a detailed workout schedule, a meal plan, find an accountability partner and actually make progress toward achieving your goal. Goals don’t just happen on their own. You have to take steps toward them, even if it’s just one little baby step each day.
Once I listed my goals and baby steps, I gave each goal block a space to set a deadline so I would have something to shoot toward, and I also included a little box at the top to give myself a little pep talk and pump myself up for the year. It says, “When I feel like giving up, I will tell myself…” and I can fill in the rest of the box with encouraging words, an inspiring quote, or whatever I need to feel motivated.
Once I’ve filled out my whole goal worksheet, I’m going to hang it somewhere that I pass often so that I can be reminded of my goals all year long– the fridge, my office, the bathroom mirror– anywhere that it will be staring me in the face multiple times a day!
So that’s the plan! Just starting the goal setting process gets me excited for the coming year! I hope it does for you as well!
Have a wonderful week!
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