We all start thinking about new goals at this time of year. Consider setting goals for 2015 – especially goals that will improve your health. Here are some tips to help you get started
Think about what matters most to you and focus on what you value. If you want to be healthy, what is a big picture that you want to achieve?
By setting high-level goals, you can focus on what matters most to you and recognize what things you value. This will help guide the rest of the process.
Now Break It Down
Once you have set your big picture goal(s), now break down your goals to be more specific and smaller.
What areas do you want to change? Improvements in diet, exercise, sleep, and meditation, for example, could help get you closer to your goal to be healthy.
After pinning down the areas where you want to see change, now determine what you want to accomplish in each area and where you’d like to be after a certain period.
SMART is a mnemonic used by life coaches, motivators, and other goal-setting professionals as a way to remember 5 key things for creating goals that can more easily keep you accountable and motivated.
- Your smaller goals should answer the highly specific questions of who, what, where, when, and why.
- To track your progress, make goals measurable. This will help you stay on track, and small victories will keep you motivated.
- Evaluate your situation honestly and recognize which goals are attainable.
- Make sure your goals are relevant to your life and to the big picture goal (s).
- Keep your goals time-related by setting a “due date” to meet goals. It keeps you on track and prevents daily roadblocks from getting in the way.