Where do you fit on the resolutions spectrum? I feel like people either love em or hate em… I use to be a hater, but last year for the first time, I kept almost all my goals using a new goal-making process. And it was awesome! This turned me into a lover of resolutions. When I was a resolution/ new year’s hater, it was because I was tired of not hitting my resolutions. I’m a dreamer and was making new year’s “dreams” instead of realistic goals, but I didn’t know it. Turns out, dreaming big and learning to make goals you can keep are two different things.
Last year, I read and learned about goal-making from people who make goals you can keep, and I changed my process.
After hitting my goals for 1 consecutive year in a row, I am basically an expert. 😉 (ha, not!) But, I figured I’d share this process anyway since it worked well for me and I’ll be repeating it.
First, a few goal making principles to make goals you can keep!
Goal making principle #1
Goals are not life long dreams: make short-term goals that connect to longer-term goals.
January is a great time for us big-dreamers and visionaries. We love to think of all the things!!! times 100. to the max. Dreamers think it’s fun to write down all our hopes and dreams for life in one sitting. (You realists out there, just let us dream.) But, you will not hit your goals for 2016 if they are the same as your dreams for the rest of life. Your goals for this year should be short-term goals that connect to your long-term dreams.
Goal making principle #2
Know where you are in life and be realistic about what makes sense for right now.
Do you want to know a secret? I’d love to open a school some day, if God wants me to. Now is not the time for me to have that goal. It’s not really even the time to take beginning steps towards opening a school. And that’s okay. Even if I dream of opening a school someday, I don’t have to have even one goal that connects to that right now. Because these next few years are for raising babies and toddlers. That’s my season. What’s yours?
Goal making principle #3
Categories are helpful if you’re not sure where to start.
These are the categories I like to use. They’re from Zig Ziglar’s “Wheel of Life.” Take them all or just pick a few. (click image for source)
Goal making principle #4
One goal per category that is SPECIFIC and MEASURABLE.
Confession: I broke this rule in a couple categories last year. But in general, goals should be specific and measurable. For example, my physical goal last year was to go to the gym 2 days/ week. Specific and measurable. Another example of a specific, measurable physical goal would be maintain X weight all year.
A non-specific physical goal would be get in shape or workout more.
My process for making goals last year and this year has been:
- Evaluate last year – how’d it go? what went well? what didn’t? what are things I want on and off my beam in 2016? What is going on right now that I DON’T want to be doing in 1 year? What is something I would love to maintain or add to my plate this year?
- Write & dream about this upcoming year (and the next 5 years!)
- Brainstorm and pray over ideas for goals for each categories – write them all down
- Come back to the list later and cross off until I have only 1 specific and measurable goal in each category.
As of this posting, I have my one goal for 5 of the 7 categories. Still thinking about the last 2.
So, what do you think?
Are you a resolution maker? Or, could this be the year you become one?
How do you make goals you can keep?
Are you going to try this?