In my post – 7 ways to make 2021 a positive year – I mentioned setting goals for 2021. But, many people struggle with setting achievable goals. They shoot for the stars so to speak, and when they don’t reach them, they give up completely even if they managed to land on the moon.
So today I wanna share some tips on how to set goals you can actually reach.
First step – figure out what you actually want to achieve.
It’s fine to say “I want to be healthy” but healthy is a pretty big word, so think about what that means to you. Is being healthy the same as drinking more water? Maybe losing weight? Or is it doing yoga three times a week? It is also easy to have too many things you wanna do at once, so this is also the step to sort out. If you set 50 new goals at once, you’ll probably end up failing most of them if not all. No one can healthily change that much in their life.
Second step – be specific.
Now that you have a list of things you want to achieve it’s time to specify exactly what. This is the part where you really need to look closely at your goals. Sometimes it can help do a bit of research or look back at how it has worked for you before.
Third step – break down your goals.
That way it’s easier to examine them and see if they are realistic or not. Say you want to lose 30 kg. That’s a great goal, but probably not gonna happen in 2021. So, break it down. Say you wanna lose 0.5kg a week. That’ll be 60 weeks in total, or more than a year. On top of that, most people have ups and downs, so it might be a good idea to add some 10 weeks to that. Then your goal is to lose 30 kg in 70 weeks, which is a realistic and healthy goal.
Fourth step – make a time line for all your goals.
Good goals can be measured on, and one of the simplest ways is to make a time line with mini-goals to achieve along the way. Most goals also seems a lot more achievable if you look at them in smaller parts. Remember that some things are slower to begin with and then gain traction (like growing a blog) where other things are faster in the beginning and then slow down (like loosing weight)
Step five – go out and do them.
Writing down your goals is nice, but no goal has ever been achieved by writing them down (except for the goal of writing down your goals). So go out there and take your goal one day at a time.
Step six – evaluate and change as needed.
We humans aren’t static beings, and neither are out lives. Therefore it’s reasonable to think that our goals shouldn’t be static either. So realistic goals are evaluated and changed to the current situation.
I hope these 6 steps to achievable goals will help you along.