Monday, 28 January 2013 05:26

Business | Goal Setting For A Great Year

2013 Goal Setting // January 28, 2013

Happy New Year! There’s something so exciting about a brand new year. Whether you believe in making resolutions or not, there is something to be said about having a blank canvas to work on for the next twelve months.

Goal setting is awesome. And it’s totally necessary if you want to keep moving forward and creating an amazing life for yourself. However, during this time of year, so much focus is placed on creating new habits that we end up setting ourselves up for failure by creating unrealistic goals. Or we just talk the talk in January and don’t walk the walk the rest of the year. Let’s talk about how to set – and more importantly – reach your goals in the New Year.

Decide on your one-word theme for 2013.

First, let’s think about your theme for the upcoming year. If you could encapsulate 2013 in one sentence, what would it be? I’ll wait... Now let’s dive even deeper and reduce that sentence down to one word. What one word would completely sum up the next year for you? For me it’s “Breakthrough”.

Visualize exactly how it will feel to be in December of 2013.

Next find a quiet spot, close yours eyes and envision yourself a year from now. It’s December of 2013 and you’re reflecting on the last year. What has happened during the past year? What went well? What have you accomplished? Of what are you most proud? And what have you learned from your experience? Write down your feelings, accomplishments, and a-ha moments.

With all of this in mind, you’re going to set your goals for 2013. It may be helpful to bucket your goals into certain categories, like Personal Growth, Work, Health – whatever makes the most sense to you. For each category, set an overall goal followed by 3-5 specific tactics. For example:

Health

Overall Goal: I will complete a marathon by October 31st, 2013.

  1. Sign up with a local running club and participate in the weekly runs
  2. Complete a 5k by March and a 10k by August
  3. Work up to running four times a week by June of 2013

Basically you are going to take your big overall goal and figure out what it would take to make that thing happen – those are your tactics. Make sure that your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound.

A note about goals – sometimes less is more. It is far more important to focus on making one major change and doing it right than it is to do fifteen things half-assed. Use your own personal compass to determine how many things you can tackle at a time. Goals don’t have to be boring or serious either. Maybe your overall goal is to have more fun this year or inject more adventure into your everyday life – those are both perfectly acceptable goals.

What are you longing for in your life? What would help you become the best YOU you can be? Set goals that will help you achieve this picture.

Here’s a quick review:

  1. Decide on your one-word theme for 2013. What one word will encapsulate 2013?
  2. Visualize exactly how you will feel come December 2013. What will make you proud of yourself come the end of the year?
  3. Set S.M.A.R.T Overall Goals. Think about your visualization – what do you want to achieve in 2013?
  4. Set specific tactics to reach your overall goal. How will you make it happen?

What is your biggest goal for 2013? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy New Year! There’s something so exciting about a brand new year. Whether you believe in making resolutions or not, there is something to be said about having a blank canvas to work on for the next 12 months.

Goal setting is awesome. And it’s totally necessary if you want to keep moving forward and creating an amazing life for yourself. However, during this time of year, so much focus is placed on creating new habits that we end up setting ourselves up for failure by creating unrealistic goals. Or we just talk the talk in January and don’t walk the walk the rest of the year. Let’s talk about how to set – and more importantly – reach your goals in the New Year.
Decide on your one-word theme for 2013.
First, let’s think about your theme for the upcoming year. If you could encapsulate 2013 in one sentence, what would it be? I’ll wait... Now let’s dive even deeper and reduce that sentence down to one word. What one word would completely sum up the next year for you? For me it’s “Breakthrough”.
Visualize exactly how it feels to be in December of 2013.
Next find a quiet spot, close yours eyes and envision yourself a year from now. It’s December of 2013 and you’re reflecting on the last year. What has happened during the past year? What went well? What have you accomplished? Of what are you most proud? And what have you learned from your experience? Write down your feelings, accomplishments, and a-ha moments.
With all of this in mind, you’re going to set your goals for 2013. It may be helpful to bucket your goals into certain categories, like Personal Growth, Work, Health – whatever makes the most sense to you. For each category, set an overall goal followed by 3-5 specific tactics. For example:
Health
Overall Goal: I will complete a marathon by October 31st, 2013.

    Sign up with a local running club and participate in the weekly runs
    Complete a 5k by March and a 10k by August
    Work up to running four times a week by June of 2013

Basically you are going to take your big overall goal and figure out what it would take to make that thing happen – those are your tactics. Make sure that your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound.
A note about goals – sometimes less is more. It is far more important to focus on making one major change and doing it right than it is to do 15 things half-assed. Use your own personal compass to determine how many things you can tackle at a time. Goals don’t have to be boring or serious either. Maybe your overall goal is to have more fun this year or inject more adventure into your everyday life – those are both perfectly acceptable goals.
What are you longing for in your life? What would help you become the best YOU you can be? Set goals that will help you achieve this picture.
Here’s a quick review:

    Decide on your one-word theme for 2013. What one word will encapsulate 2013?
    Visualize exactly how you will feel come December 2013. What will make you proud of yourself come the end of the year?
    Set S.M.A.R.T Overall Goals. Think about your visualization – what do you want to achieve in 2013?
    Set specific tactics to reach your overall goal. How will you make it happen?

What is your biggest goal for 2013? Let us know in the comments below!
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