It’s January, and that means it’s time to look at your goals for the new year. We all seem to have things we want to accomplish this year, whether it be getting healthier, saving more money, doing new things. The trick is to set yourself in a direction that uses your resources effectively. By resources, I mean time, money, energy, and ambition. I’m sure you’ve all seen a number of articles on setting goals this month, but let’s try something new to try to simplify the process, and hopefully make your goal setting and achieving more effective.
I saw a goal setting workshop recently where they proposed using just one word for each of your goals this year. The idea was to keep goals simple and make it easy to remind ourselves what we are working toward. I’m not sure if this works better than writing out sentences or not, but I suspect that some people will find it easier to stick to one-word goals. Whichever you decide to do, remember to write your goals down. Writing your goals down makes you much more likely to attain them, so take the time to list them out.
Always make sure your goals are measurable and attainable. And don’t load yourself down with so many things to accomplish that you will never be able to finish it all. All that does is make you feel like you failed, which is exactly the opposite of what we are trying to achieve by setting goals in the first place.
I like the idea of adopting one word for each of my goals, I can see myself repeating it as a mantra when I’m in danger of getting off track. I also think I could help better define what I want to accentuate with my goals. I’m not sure if I will use just 3 or 4 words, or whether I will have many. Simplicity is probably key, but like many of you, I tend to be super ambitious at the beginning of the year. So, on the track of one-word goals, lets brainstorm a few, and hopefully you will get some ideas of things you want to add to your goals this year.
Some words can represent several categories. Such as love. You should show your family you love them, find work that you love, learn to love your body and what you can do with it. Make sure your words are positive, not negative. Notice I didn’t say anything about losing weight, or paying off your home. These are worthy goals. But maybe we think instead in terms of freedom. Freedom from debt, freedom from health problems, freedom to do a job we love.
Think about what you really want to be able to accomplish this year. Not things that change who you are, but things that accentuate your strengths. Write your words down where you will see them every day. Put them on an index card and stick it on your mirror. Write them in the front of your planner. Put them in a list and set it as a daily reminder in your phone. Whatever it takes to keep your goals in your thoughts every day. Then work to accomplish them. What can you do this year to make your life better, more fun, more satisfying?