As summer is upon us, we embrace on our annual refection
process and find it’s a great time to set new goals. It has been studied and
said that setting goals is the #1 predictor of success. Here are some tips to
make your goal-setting experience fun and successful this summer season:
Set a long-term goal
and a short-term one– Make sure the short-term goals are realistic and in reach,
and build towards your long-term goals. For example, if you want to add meditation
into your life, start with 5 minutes, then 10, 15, 20, etc. working up to 30.
Create a plan- It’s
always easier to have a map! Give yourself a strategy to meet your goal. Schedule a healthy cooking class or join
a 10-week beginner’s yoga series. What
are baby steps you can take to create the change you want?
Set a deadline- Give
yourself a time frame to work on change. This will motivate you to get started.
Don’t wait for the next thing to
push you to change – NOW is the time. ‘By September I will have lost 15 lbs., bringing
me to my health weight.’
Write it down –The
power of pen to paper. Keep reminders and inspiration of your goal visible! Try keeping a motivational quotation in
your wallet. If your goal is a yoga pose, keep a picture of it in your workspace. Allow your calendar to reflect your progress and time frame- if
you want to exercise regularly, write down every hike you go on.
Find a friend -Having
a goal buddy will keep you motivated, supported and hold you to your integrity. And they may even help you remember why you’re doing it when things are challenging!
Track your goal –
memory can be selective! Keep notes of your successes and detours.
Stay Positive- Focus
on what you are DOING verse what you are not. We are our worst critics. Allow
the path to your goal to be one full of positive thoughts. Don’t beat yourself
up. Notice how the negative thoughts are usually just in your head.
You are the
Obstacles are those frightful things
you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Here’s a quick list to try throughout your day:
Please comment with any additional stress-relieving tips you use in your life, or share your experiences with trying any of these!