Mindful Goal Setting & Planning Tips

I look forward to this time of the year for many reasons, one of which is the emotional high that comes with it.  We come off of Christmas and the New Year and head into a brand-new year.  New beginnings, new opportunities.  It can be quite exciting.  At least I think so.   I am always excited to spend time working on my goals for the coming year.  It is a special opportunity when I set aside time to relax, reflect, connect, and dream big.

Whether you do your goal planning on your own, follow a specific program, or attend a workshop, you want the end results to be something you will have success at achieving.  What I want to share with you today is a few tips I have found to be invaluable to my goal setting and goal achieving process. 

Tip # 1 – “Small Bites”

When we make goals too big and lofty it is hard to take steps toward them.  We need to break them down into manageable steps.  For example, if I want to lose 20 lbs this year that’s great…but how?  When?  What are the details of this goal?  So, take that Lose 20 lbs goal and break it down by quarterly, monthly, weekly, and maybe even daily actions.  For this example, that might look like daily I will drink a minimum of 64 oz of water and eat at least 4 servings of veggies, weekly I will do some kind of movement/exercise at least 2 days, and monthly I will check in on my progress.  You might divide that 20 pounds out over the course of 3 or 6 months and give yourself a weekly or monthly weight loss goal as well.  This is a very basic example but hopefully it gives you a better sense of what I mean.  Break it down into small, clear, and achievable steps.

Tip #2 – Be specific.

Somewhat related to tip #1, tip #2 is about being specific.  Again, big lofty goals often lead nowhere.  I want to lose weight and find a new job are great goals, but we need to get specific.  So, I want to lose 20 lbs by summer would be a good example – we still need to break this down into smaller steps, per tip #1, but the goal itself is pretty clear and specific. 

Tip #3 – Check in periodically.

Days turn into weeks which turn into months and before you know it it’s the summer, and where are you in terms of your goals?  We can get so caught up in the day-to-day shuffle that we forget our goals.  One way to help prevent that from happening is to schedule regular check ins with yourself.  Maybe that is every week, every month, or once a quarter…you decide…but regular check ins are essential to successfully achieving your goals.  I like to check in briefly every week (as I plan for my upcoming work week), but I also take time quarterly to really focus on my goals and how I am doing.  These check ins are excellent times to reassess and readjust your plan, socially if life circumstances have changed for you.  There’s nothing wrong with redirecting your goals part way through the year if it feels good to do so.

Hopefully with the help of these 3 tips you are able to craft and follow through on some amazing goals this year.  May 2021 bring you many blessings and much happiness. Namaste.

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