6 Tips for Setting Winning Goals for 2019
Although it is late February and well into the New Year, it is never too late to or too early to set goals for the current or following year. It may be more appealing to you to refer to your goals as ‘winning goals’, this may encourage you to stick with them through thick and thin. Everyone has goals for their lives but it is a matter of actually putting in the work to watch your goals become a reality. Setting goals can be intimidating for some people and that is the reason why their goals stay dormant in their heads and never see the light of day. You can set goals all day long but if you do not have the proper tools and processes set in place, your goals will forever remain hopes and dreams. Check out these 6 tips for setting winning goals for 2019.
[if !supportLists]1. [endif]Write Your Goals Down
In today’s digital world, it can be difficult to get back to one’s roots of the traditional pen to paper method of planning. There is something so powerful about seeing your goals written down on paper that make you want to achieve them. There is also nothing better than crossing completed to-do’s off of your list! When you write down your goals, you see them in the flesh and if you do this every single day, it will eventually become a new habit for you.
Humans are creatures of habit and everything that we do, at some point, whether knowingly or unknowingly have adopted all that we do every day into habits and that is why we repeat them day in and day out. Often times we do these daily tasks without thinking about it that is why bad habits are difficult to break and good habits are difficult to integrate into our daily lives. If you continually do a good habit day in and day out, it will become so habitual to you that you do not even realize you are doing it. Get into the good habit of writing down your goals every single day and eventually it will be as if you are brushing your teeth because you do that without thinking about it; that has become a good habit. Another advantage of writing your goals down is that you can edit or change as need be. Also the act of putting lines through goals as you achieve them or realizing they no longer serve you (and that is okay!) is very powerful. Seeing what you want out of your life written down on paper is an incredibility powerful tool to achieving your goals.
[if !supportLists]2. [endif]Write Down Your Goals in the Present Tense then Work Backwards
Writing down your goals in the present tense as they have already happened is one the most powerful tools when achieving your goals. The present tense can also be translated into the future tense because the achievement has not actually occurred yet but now your brain knows how to get there. What is at the end of you achieving your goals? Whatever it is, write that down then start to work backwards. Figure out the steps in the reverse until you end at the very first step. If you do this you will see all that it will take to achieve your goals and what exactly needs to be done.
This process will challenge and help you see what you need to be doing on a daily basis, what steps you need to be taking until you reach the finish line. Often times we become stuck, stuck in the process of goal setting because we underestimate ourselves. The goals are not the hurdles, they are not the reasons why people quit and walk away, it is the actual process of achieving those goals that make or break people. Often times people quit if they do not achieve goals by a certain time and they wholeheartedly believe it was because of the goal itself, instead it was the actual process or lack thereof.
Our minds are not finite and you can see that with the goals that people set. The actual process of achieving goals becomes finite and not able to be altered. The process should be created in such a way that it can be altered, if need be. Your goal may stay the same for years and you may still be at step one because you refuse to change how you arrive at the end. Start at the end and work backwards with the knowledge that the steps may need to be altered because we are human and are constantly evolving.
[if !supportLists]3. [endif]Don’t Let Others Set Goals for You
This is your life and nobody should be setting your goals for you. Others should not have power over what you want out of life. Set goals that align with your life and not others. When others set goals for your life, they are setting goals from their perspectives built in and essentially you do not have a say in any of it. But when you stand up and set your own goals for your own life, you are taking the power back and holding the responsibility of achieving your goals.
Sit down and think about what it is that you actually want out of your life and what goals you want to achieve. Block out the outside noise and put your blinders on. When you have a strong handle on your life and what you want out of it, other people’s opinions quickly pass with the wind.
[if !supportLists]4. [endif]Remember Your Why
When times get tough (which they will), you have to remember why you started in the first place. Remember how you felt when you were dreaming of achieving your goals and how happy you were when you began the journey? Remembering your why will be your fuel to get through the tough times and will carry you through until the very end. Your why should always be bigger than any tough day that you are given.
There will be days that you will not feel like getting up to work on your goals and days when you feel like giving up because things have gotten hard. These are the most important days because they test you in the best and worst ways possible. You must remember your why always but most importantly during the tough days.
[if !supportLists]5. [endif]Learn to Relax, Not Quit
Humans are not robots and cannot do everything all at one time. There are seasons to each and every human’s life and there are some seasons that are better than others. Do not beat yourself up for not being able to reach your goals at the time you believe they should be reached. There are going to be days where you get knocked down and need to rest and that is okay. Learn to use the down time as a chance to regain your composure and recharge your batteries.
Relaxing should never mean quitting because the minute you quit working towards achieving your goals, that is the minute that you will regret it. We live in a society where relaxing is frowned upon and being busy is a badge of honor. Wearing that badge of honor can be exhausting and often times begins the downward spiral that are burnouts and breakdowns. When you recognize that relaxing is not only necessary but essential for growth you will begin to embrace those periods of your life.
[if !supportLists]6. [endif]Celebrate the Small Steps and Achievements
When you take even a small step forward you are further than you were before and that is something to celebrate. Most of us have been conditioned to only celebrate the large victories in life and even those celebrations last mere seconds. Our society teaches us that constantly going is the best way to get anything done but that is not true at all.
Small steps and achievements equal large victories because it takes putting small pieces together to make a masterpiece. It is important to give ourselves credit for the small victories so that we can recognize the big ones and are able to stop and celebrate. If you get into the habit of celebrating small steps and achievements, you will be able to actually enjoy the large victories and look back on how far you have come.
Setting and achieving goals can happen at any point of your life during any time of the year, it does not have to happen at the beginning of the year. The most important aspect of the goal setting practice is to have an open mind to altering the parts of the journey. A goal does not have to change just because times are tough. But the journey and how you arrive at the end of that goal may have to change and that is okay. Anyone can set goals but most will stop before getting to the end because of a poorly structured process or lack thereof. You must have a concrete goal setting process in place, with room for growth and alteration. Once you set goals, create a modifiable process and do the work, you will begin to achieve your goals. There is nothing more satisfying than achieving your goals, especially when you know what it took to get to there.