Unfortunately, less than 3% of adults have collected annual written goals and a plan to reach the beginning of the year. That is why so often are parked behind our busy lives.
Fortunately, after reading this article you can become part of that 3%.
Write our objectives and forward them daily will help us achieve what we set. A little trick that helps is to write in the first person and present / future as well we involve our subconscious, which responds better to commands that are personal, positive and forward.
Clearly write without a plan objectives and action behind us not do much, but it’s a very important first step to set the direction of what we want.
To do this, it helps to know that our goals should be:
A specific objective is more likely to be satisfied that a generic objective. To set a specific goal, we must be as concrete as possible. For example, “I get in shape” could be a generic objective while “I go to the gym three days a week” or “I can run 5 miles in under 30 minutes” are much more specific.
For each target set concrete steps to measure your progress. When you measure your progress, you can analyze your progress, both in the calendar as far as to use that experience selected and motivating to achieve that objective.
If your goal is not measurable, then how will you know if you have achieved it?
“Losing weight” is not measurable goal, that lets you know if you’re doing fine, “I lose 10 kilos” gives a more accurate measure of what you want for 2013.
-Realistic, Achievable and demanding it worth pursuing impossible? Probably not. However, the targets must be ambitious and realistic. Raised and achievable. It should be a goal you want and at the same time be able to get, or that others have already achieved. You are the one who decides how ambitious you want to be with your goals, but make sure that what you propose represents a breakthrough for you. A challenging goal is easier to achieve than a moderate target, since the requirement provides a key motivational factor for getting comply.
It may seem obvious, but your goals should be aligned with your priorities for the year. And remember, focus only on the top 5 priorities of your list or guaranteeing you’ll fail. Maybe not the best time to start exercising if your energies are deposited in a personal project that requires all your time, but maybe if you start being more healthy in your diet.
Align your goals with your priorities and you have a good chance of success.
A goal should be set in a time frame. Without this link there is no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 kilos, when do you want to lose? “For one day.” But if you link to a time reference (“before the May 31”, “for my daughter’s wedding”) then aid the subconscious start working to achieve the objective. Clearly it will be difficult to set targets temporarily, but it will develop a plan that will allow us to follow the evolution of our objectives and adapt them as reality.
This model is called goal setting SMART (an acronym for the English version) and serves as an aid to drafting our own correctly.
Examples of SMART objectives are:
- Nutrition: I will eat three servings of fruits and vegetables at least on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during 2013.
- Nutrition: Before June 1, I’ll be drinking at least 1.5 liters of water a day during weekdays. Also, drink a glass of water before each meal.
- Exercise: Since January, I’ll walk for 3 days per week 30 minutes 3 days a week, either early morning or after work.
Personal life. During the first 6 months of the year, I will have 30 minutes to myself it ‘which put out the phone and computer. Dedicate this time to my family, to read a book or meditate. During the second half of the year will expand the time to 1 hour daily.
Seneca said that “No wind is favorable for you do not know to which port.” Set our goals properly lets us know what our goal is clear. Now we just need to get in the way!
If you want to walk this path together and want to make 2013 a healthy year, contact us and discover how health coaching can help you get those goals you’ve been wanting.