Successful Goal Setting

By Deborah King

At the close of each year I love to review what I have accomplished in the previous twelve months and decide what I will pursue next. I have six areas I create goals for each year.

  1. Family
  2. Friendships
  3. Finances
  4. Faith
  5. Fitness
  6. Fun

Each area targets a different part of my life and ensures that I maintain balance. I can easily get focused on just one or two areas – my work being one of them now that my children are grown – and neglect other areas that may not be urgent, but are equally as important.

Each of my goals must past this test: Is it written? Can I measure my progress? Is it challenging? Can I see myself accomplishing it? Is it compatible with my other goals? Is it something I really desire? Only if the answer is yes, will I make it a goal.

Everyone would like to be in better shape and overall health, but how many years have come and gone and nothing has really changed? Here is an example of how to set an effective goal for fitness.

First, identify what success is to you – not someone else. Is it believable? Maybe your dream would be to lose 50 pounds or run a marathon, but if you struggle losing 5 pounds and don’t even own a pair of running shoes, you are not likely to believe your goal is achievable.

Next, write out your goals as though they were already accomplished and post them so you can read them on a regular basis throughout the year.

“I weigh _____pounds. I love to eat healthy and nutritious meals, full of fresh fruit and veggies, whole grains, and lean protein. I look forward to my time in the gym on (the treadmill, lifting weights -your choice) five days a week. I am healthy and strong.”

Then, make a weekly plan on how you will achieve your goals. Discover new ways to shop and prepare food. Identify a fun way to make exercise a part of your daily life. Think and speak healthy. It is amazing how this will change your focus and move you to better health.

Apply this same technique to each of the six areas. If you do, you will see small changes throughout the year that will move you closer to achieving your goals.