Setting goals gives us clear expectations of what we want. It is what drives us forward, gives us focus, and motivation. Here are my five S’s on how to set goals for success.
Specific– Get clear and specific with your goal and why you want to achieve it. Goals that are wishy-washy or confusing are hard to stick to. When you’re specific with why you want this exact goal, including a time measurement you are more likely to achieve it.
Small and Simple– Simple goals are the ones that are the easiest to achieve. The small and simple goals are the building blocks of larger goals. Set simple goals to help lead to your overall goal for the year. Doing this means you are achieving more by building on what you have already done. If your overall goal is to lose 20 pounds, start with a smaller goal of 5 pounds in the first 2 months and then build upon that goal. Once you see yourself checking off those boxes it fuels your fire to achieve the next big step.
Stick to the Plan– Create a plan on how you will hit your goal and stick to it. It’s one thing to make a goal, but it takes the goal to a whole new level when you create a plan for it. The plan tells your brain that you aren’t messing around and you are truly dedicated. There will be times that you stumble and fall off the plan, but that’s okay. Get back up and get back to your plan. Remember why you started in the first place.
Sustainable– When you create a goal and a plan remember to make it something that is sustainable for the long run and creates healthy changes that you can adapt for years to come. Don’t make a goal that you are not willing to fully commit to. If you don’t like to eat salads then don’t make a goal to eat a salad every day for lunch. Not only will this make you a sad salad eater, but you will not enjoy the journey of reaching your goal and ultimately quit. Instead make a goal to eat one serving of vegetables during lunch. This is a healthy and sustainable goal that you can continue for years to come.
It doesn’t have to be the new year to create new goals. Setting goals can be scary and intimidating, but don’t let that stop you from achieving greatness. Use these five S’s and before you know it you will be celebrating your accomplishments.