Setting Goals for 2016 and Beyond
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First, let me say Happy New Year! I have been away for a few weeks but I am back with some helpful advice
and a free printable on setting goals for 2016 that can hopefully get your new year off to a great start.
Like many new years, I frequently hear people making resolutions from losing weight to saving money. But by the end of the first month, a majority of these resolutions are broken never to be heard from again until the following year. I think this is why for the past decade or so, I refuse to make any resolutions. The idea of starting with a clean slate is so appealing but the minute we falter in our promises, we tend to give up easily.
I think this is also exacerbated by our ever-increasing need these days to want results NOW. We want to lose weight but if we don’t go from a size 12 to a size 6 in one week, we are done. I have been there too many times. Over 5 years ago I decided to lose weight. On the advice of Dr. Oz, I avoided starting my weight loss on the 1st of anything. This meant that I should avoid making any commitments on the first month of the year, as wells as the first week of a month and the first day of the week. Luckily for me it was the second week of August in 2010, so it was not hard to follow the first two rules above, but I waited until the 10th to start. It was an ordinary Tuesday that has since changed my life.
So my advice to you all is to stop making resolutions! Instead, start setting goals that are achievable. Create a list of goals that are physically, financially, mentally, and emotionally attainable. So, instead of saying that you want to lose 50 pounds this year, make a goal of losing 4 pounds a month. This way, you get to celebrate little victories every month and by the end of the year, you will be so close to that more daunting goal of 50 pounds in one year.
Once you’ve started setting goals, you also need to write down how you plan to reach each goal. For example, I want to have a pool installed this year and I know the cost to be somewhere near $5,000. I have approximately 6 months until summer so there a few things I can do. First, I want to shop around for pool installers immediately. I am hoping that by doing so in January, I may be able to get a good price. The second thing I can do is to set up a direct deposit of $200 a week into my saving account until I reach $5,000.
Another thing, I like to do is to write down my 5-year and 10-year goals. It’s basically a snapshot of where I think I will be in 5 to 10 years. These can be goals or actual events. For example, in 5 years, I plan to have our home mortgage paid off. In 10 years, hubby will have retired and we should be living in our final home. I like using these goals not only to keep us motivated in reaching our ‘dreams’ but to also look back on later. We can either smile at our accomplishments, or laugh at the goals that changed because we have changed. Five years ago, owning a craft beer brewing equipment and supplies store was high on our list but today, my hubby and I have since dropped that idea.
So what are your goals for this year?
Start setting goals by using the free goal setting sheet that I use and have created for you. Just enter your email below, subscribe, and click submit.
Update: This printable is no longer downloadable.
Feel free to share your goals for 2016 by entering them in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.