And just like that, the year 2016 has come to an end – crazy huh?! I always love the start of a new year though, it’s a chance to hit restart, assess where you’re at, but also look at what you want to achieve in the upcoming year! It’s the perfect time to sit down and do some goal setting for 2017 to help you achieve your dreams!
Today, I’ve partnered with Rachel from August & Co to bring you tips on goal setting for your New Year’s resolutions! If you haven’t had the chance to check out Rachel’s work and products – you’re missing out! Head on over to her website, or say hello over on her Instagram! Rachel took all these gorgeous photos, and you can purchase the pencils, mug, or prints over on her site!
I’m a huge fan of goal setting, and I believe that they’re key in making our big dreams a reality! Goals help us break down our dreams into more manageable tasks and keep us moving forward! With that in mind, here are my top three tips on setting New Year’s resolutions and goals:
1. Don’t make them vague – be specific!
I’m sure you’ve already heard about setting “SMART” goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely), but it’s so true! Don’t make your goal “Eat Healthier” because who really knows what that means? Instead, set your goal to be “I’m going to eat three servings of vegetables every day”. This way, you can actually tell if you’re achieving your goal or if you need to readjust accordingly!
2. Shouldn’t be things that you’re already doing
For example, of course you want to continue your current weekly exercise routine, but that’s not a goal if you’re already doing it. You won’t have the same sense of accomplishment if you’ve already achieved your goal. Instead, try switching up you goal to perhaps adding an extra day of cardio, or another yoga class! Find a way to create a goal based on your exercise regime, but that isn’t simply continuing your current workouts – or whatever your routine is in the context of your goals!
3. Use the 50% threshold
I recently heard this and I was absolutely floored. The idea is that you should be reaching 50% of your goals, that’s the threshold. Less than that and you should be adjusting your goals to be more realistic. More than that and you could be reaching higher! I don’t know about you, but I love that! I’m so hard on myself and can feel like a failure if I haven’t reached 100% of my goals. So it’s refreshing to know that some are supposed to be a little out of reach! It helps you to reassess your goals and see how you can make them work!
Those are my top three tips on goal setting! Have fun creating your New Year’s resolutions as you dream big about your life’s goals. It’s time to push yourself out of your comfort zone as you come up with those goals 🙂
One last trick – revise your goals as the year progresses. Your New Year’s resolutions could include a one-month goal, or another one with a three-month timeline, and when you reach those, create a new goal! Keep growing and reaching towards those dreams of yours!
And lastly, don’t forget to reward yourself! Did you eat three servings of vegetables every day in January? Sign those five new clients? Go get your nails done or treat yourself to a new dress – you deserve it!
What’s one of your New Year’s resolutions? Share it below so you can hold yourself accountable! I’d love to hear and cheer you on! ????
Happy New Year everyone! Hope you are all having a lovely holidays celebrating with friends and family!