We all set goals and New Year’s resolutions that we don’t keep. It’s time to stop beating ourselves up about it. It’s time to move on and try something different. Let’s find a way to change that pattern.
I purposely don’t set goals at the New Year. My track record for keeping those resolutions or goals is… NEVER.
So I just don’t do it.
I know it’s all in my head, and I’m okay with that. Years ago, when I made a list of things I thought were contributing to my not keeping my goals, that was on the list.
Everything on my list that I felt was hindering me from reaching my goals I avoided like the plague. It worked! So I’ve just always kept that as one of my rules.
The whole rest of the year is fair game for me.
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Furthermore, I had a huge problem with procrastinating the whole process of goal setting. I’ll start tomorrow. Or, I’ll start Monday were a couple things I was always telling myself.
It never worked.
Then I would get overwhelmed with whether to set long term or short term goals. This also led to procrastination. Finally, I just bit the bullet and set some goals. I set some long and some short term goals.
This showed me that I was not a long term goal kinda gal. Anything past a 1 year goal for me was a waste of time. Why?
My life was constantly changing and evolving.
As I started achieving my shorter term goals, my outlook on my life began to change. As I started growing, this changed a lot of the negative mindsets I had concerning my life.
New opportunities and interests surfaced. I began to realize the vision I had for my life would always be evolving as I grew.
Even how I set my goals has changed many times. I try new things, keep what works, and throw out what doesn’t.
The longest term goals I set now are yearly, and very few of those. They are very general and broad. I set them more to give me a starting point for where I would like my year to go. It sets a theme for me in which to set my shorter term goals.
Now as I find things I want to add or take away from my life I set a goal. A short term goal I can achieve quickly that won’t burn me out.
It’s easy to stay motivated doing short term goals. You have to know yourself. Do you get bored with your goals? I do.
What I Do Now:
- I set several quarterly goals I want to accomplish.
- I pick the most important one to work on first.
- I break it down into a monthly, weekly or daily project for myself, depending on the time needed.
- Then I go all in on that goal till it’s done.
I then repeat the process on all the quarterly goals I set. If I didn’t accomplish them all at the end of the quarter, I ask myself if that is still a goal I want to do. If it is, I put it in the next quarter’s goals. If it’s not then I just get rid of it.
There’s no failure. You are already completing so many of your goals each quarter that whatever you didn’t have time to complete will never make you feel like crap.
What This Does For Me:
- Keeps me motivated
- Less stress
- No failure
- Keeps my goals feeling fresh
- Gives me quicker wins
- Changes my mindset
- Increases confidence
- I end up achieving a huge amount of goals every year
A Few of My Goal Setting Rules:
- Focus on one goal at a time
- If I feel overwhelmed by a goal, it’s too big, so it needs to be broken down into smaller goals and projects to focus on
- If I dread working on a specific goal it’s the wrong goal
Why wait for a certain time of year to start setting goals? Why wait for Monday? Or tomorrow? Start now. Take the step. Make a commitment.
Try something new. Challenge yourself. Do something that lights you up. Maybe scares you just a little. Just don’t wait.
Set a new goal every month. Heck, set a new goal each day. Daily goals can sometimes be the perfect choice. You not only get more accomplished, but you get in some quick wins.
Who says you have to set some big long term goal? Break the rules. Do what works for you. Make it simple.
The right time to set a goal is now. Today.