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3 Tips for Setting Goals

We all have goals we want to accomplish, whether it’s losing weight, meditating every day or getting a promotion, but it’s easy to get distracted along the way. Without the right mindset or structure, your goals could end up the way of New Year’s Resolutions- -forgotten or brushed aside.

Goals don’t need to be overwhelming! A few simple steps will make them achievable and manageable, helping you to create a habit, or climb to the top the mountain, literally or figuratively, in no time.

1. Know the Why

This is the first step and where a lot of New Year’s Resolutions go wrong. It’s important to explore how you want to shape your life, and where this goal fits into it. What do you want people to say about you when you are 60, or where do you want to be in 10 years? Or in 1 year? This can help you be clear about where you want to be, why this goal is important and what the timeline looks like.

2. Make it big picture

Why do you want to lose weight? To fit into that pair of jeans or to be healthy enough to play with your kids? Do you want to meditate every day to create a healthy habit or to be find calm in your life? Do you want to be promoted to make more money for your family or is it a step on your journey to being CEO?

There’s no judgement in these answers (looking good in jeans feels amazing!), but being clear on the bigger reason (to be healthy, strong, to connect with my kids, to make more money for your family) can be a strong motivator when things get tough.

3. Make it realistic

I smile when people tell me their goals are to go to the gym every day, or to not watch TV anymore in the evenings or to always eat healthy. It’s unlikely this can happen—what happens when you get sick and you can’t go to the gym and you lay on the couch watching TV? Or after a month of eating healthy you break down and have a donut? This doesn’t mean you failed—it just means the goal wasn’t realistic enough for you to be successful.

One way I test out the goal is practical is to plot it out on my calendar for the year. Is it really likely I will host a dinner party once a month? Looking at the holidays and (maybe) travel plans, that seemed like too much, but every other month was manageable. (This was pre-kids, of course!)

By making your goals part of a larger plan, articulating the reason behind the goal, and making it realistic, you are well on your way to making it happen! If you’d like to better define and accomplish your goals, contact me!

About Plan Creatively

Plan Creatively is a Singapore-based executive coaching and career counseling company led by Sara Madera. She brings years of experience in leadership, marketing and communications to help you sharpen your goals, achieve them, and tell the world all you’ve accomplished! Whether it’s a career change, a promotion, starting a business, organization or finding a job, Sara will help you achieve your goals. Learn more »

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