It’s the time of year when many of us reflect on what we accomplished in the past 12 months, and decide on what we’d like to do in the next 12. And while we might already have identified some things we want to change, how do we know we’re taking the right actions? Or if you’re not sure what goals to set, how do you find out?
The good news is that you’re on the right track. Research has shown that just setting a goal makes you more likely to achieve the things you want, and the process will make you happier.
Questions to Ask
- What do you hope to accomplish in the next ten years?
- How do you want to improve your mental health?
- How do you want to improve your physical lifestyle?
- What bad habits would you like to address?
- Are there any relationships you want to improve?
- What new skills do you want to learn, or are there any you want to improve upon?
Now that you’ve jotted down some ideas, time to distill them down into something you can accomplish. First, pick just one goal. You will likely remain more committed to it. Next, make sure it’s realistic, and that it’s about you. If it doesn’t fit that bill, see if you can refocus it so that it is. Now, try to make sure it has a positive feel to it. For example, instead of saying you want to feel less anxious, write that you want to feel calm more often. And lastly, work on identifying specific behaviors defining howyou’ll accomplish that. Practice a specific letting go mental exercise, tackle your hardest task first in the morning, etc.
Now that you have a defined goal and some action steps to get there, you can outline the time-frame you’re giving yourself to accomplish it. You’ll need to get the hang of doing something every day for at least three weeks before it’ll become a habit.
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