The Art of Successful Goal Setting & Planning

Winter is upon us now, and with it comes more time spent inside our homes and also more time reflecting inwards as well.  This is the time of year when we start to reflect on this current year that is quickly drawing to a close, as well as on potential goals for the upcoming year. 

Most of us have set New Year’s Resolutions for ourselves at one time or another.  Maybe you faithfully do it every year.  Maybe you do it as a family or a couple, or maybe you do it individually.  Maybe you do it for personal goals or professional goals, or perhaps for both.  Regardless, the more important question is how many of us ever attain the goals we set in January?  You know the answer already, don’t you.  Yep…very, very few of us.  In fact, by March there’s no sign of any New Year’s Resolution for most of us.  Why is that?  How can we be so convicted and passionate about losing the weight, reorganizing the house, finding a new job, getting out of debt, starting that new project, trying a new hobby, etc. in the first weeks of the new year only to return to old habits and routines within a few short weeks? 

While this question can be somewhat complex, at the core of the matter is a lack of planning.  We can say we are going to go to the gym 3 days a week or batch cook our healthy meals every Sunday, but if we don’t put those things on the calendar, add them to the To Do list, or change our daily routines and habits to include them they will never happen.  It often is that plain and simple.

But wait! You say: “I put reorganizing my closets and garage on my calendar and reviewing my financials with a financial planner was on my To Do list and I still didn’t achieve my goals.”

Step 1: PLANNING

Step 2: FOLLOW THROUGH/ACCOUNTABILITY

 If one of these steps doesn’t trip us up, the other one usually does.  That’s why over 80% of people abandon their goals by February.  But it doesn’t have to be this way.

There are so many systems and programs out there designed to help us create simple, attainable goals and stick with them to completion.  Over the past 6 years I have tried out many of them and have slowly put together a system of my own, pulling from many of the techniques I have tried.  And the results have been amazing.  Not only am I sticking with my goals to completion, but I have accomplished more in the past 6 years than I ever did in all my adult years prior.  Just a few simple tools and techniques make all the difference.

Curious about how you might enjoy the same success in the coming year with your goals?  Join me for my Mindful Goal Setting and Planning workshop coming up on January 11th at 1:00PM.  I will share everything I have learned and walk you through my process so you leave the workshop with goals in hand with a plan of action to accomplish them by the year’s end.  It might just be the most productive couple of hours of the year for you.  Come join me for this life changing workshop… if you haven’t been successful at following through with your New Year’s resolutions in the past, what do you have to lose?

Bobbi Billman, Ignite Yoga & Wellness Owner

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