Goal setting can happen anytime of the year, and today we are sharing 5 easy tips on how to set and accomplish these goals.
Firstly, how’re your New Year’s Resolutions going?
It’s June 15th, and we’re nearly halfway through the year. Chances are, if it’s not still posted to your bathroom mirror, you don’t even remember what your resolution was (at least in any meaningful detail). It’s that part that is missing from most people’s NYRs – “meaningful detail.”
Clearly, we like talking about our big goals. We like dreaming big, thinking big, and mostly talking big. However, what we lack in acting small. We don’t take the seemingly inconsequential small steps every day that lead to big results. Then, because we don’t feel like we’re making big progress, we quit (early). No more of that.
There can be unexpected challenges that come with goal setting, so before you work through your goals for the rest of this year, check out a previous blog post of our “The Hidden Challenges of ‘Goal Setting’.”
Here are five easy tips on goal setting to crush Q3 and Q4 of 2022.
Reflect on (and write down) what normally goes wrong with goal setting habits.
Do you neglect the planning phase? No accountability? Unforeseen challenges always seem to arise? Maybe you’re setting yourself up to fail before you even start. To begin with, start with some self-reflection; what is going off track and why?
Address the issues in #1.
Once you can clear away these hurdles, clearly addressing real conflicts like time, resources, capabilities, priorities, etc., you can get focused on accomplishing your goals. Did you set a “bad” goal? Does it simply need to be adjusted? Nevertheless, reframe what you want to accomplish, and be S.M.A.R.T.
Can you find a community to support you? Can you hire a coach? Listen to a podcast? Follow specific social media accounts? You are your own worst enemy, the easiest person to let down, and the easiest person to lie to (which doesn’t say much for our self-care, does it?). At this time, hold yourself accountable, or find someone that will. Everyone needs someone to push them past their self-imposed limits. Bret talks about how hiring a coach can help you reach your goals, check out his TikTok page!
Start acting “micro.”
What can you do every single day to push this goal forward? If your big goal is a marathon, what does today’s run look like? If you want to start your own business, every day has work to be done, not just when you feel like it. Without a doubt, it’ll always be a hobby if you don’t treat it like your career.
Perform regular check-ins for progress.
We’re happy to do it, but it shouldn’t take a reminder in June to get you moving in a positive direction. If you are serious about your achievement, check in more frequently. This might be a daily reflection (meditation?), weekly reflection (journaling?), or monthly reflection (work with a coach?). This is your reminder for a course correction. At the end of the day, we’re all searching for a nice blend of achievement and appreciation. We want to add up small, daily wins, be grateful for them, then move on and do it again. Too much achievement focus and you’ll burn out, while too much appreciation focus and you’ll get complacent.