Seasonal Change + How to Create the Perfect List of Winter Goals
We made it to the 4th quarter of the year, can you believe it? Neither can I!
"No one has a problem with the first mile of a journey. Even an infant could do fine for a while. But it isn't the start that matters. It's the finish line."- Julien Smith
Goal setting is a process of thinking about your ideal future and the motivation to turn your vision of the future into reality. The process of setting goals can help you choose where you want to go in life. By identifying exactly what you want to achieve, you know what areas you need to focus your efforts. If you're like me, you have several goals you want to achieve. It's ok sis! We just have to learn to tackle as much as we can handle at one time. We ALL know, if you take on too much, nothing will get achieved, (well at least quickly.)
Towards the end of every year, we set goals and resolutions to carry ourselves forward into a new year. True, there are benefit to setting both long-term and short-term goals, but why do we wait until the END of the year to create resolutions for ourselves? Wouldn't it make more sense to check ourselves throughout the year, to evaluate the progress we’ve made as well as the areas we need to work on? It's time to utilize our 24 hours sis!
Here are 6 steps to set goals as the seasons change:
1. Mental Check- In
Take time out to to reflect on the last few months. How are you feeling? How is your personal life? Your social life? Are you connecting with yourself? Your professional life? Your love life,or anything that could potentially affect you. Discover an area or two you feel you’d like to explore or improve on and set your intention. Since this is seasonal/quarterly goal setting, remember to keep your intention clear and focused. Once you’ve decided what you’re going to work on, write it down so you’re able to hold yourself accountable.
2. Does your list of goals Motivate You?
When you have goals that are important to you, you'll find value in achieving them. If you have little interest in the outcome, or they're irrelevant given the larger picture, the chances of you putting in the work are slim to none.
Motivation is the mayor key to achieving goals.
3. S.M.A.R.T. Goals
We have all heard of the term SMART goals. Hear me out sis, this is sooo important. The simple fact that your list of goals can be extremely powerful if designed with the SMART acronym. There are many variations of what SMART stands for, but the essence of the idea means your goals should be:
Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Time Bound
4. Girl, Write those goals Down!
Writing down a goal makes it real and tangible. You have no excuse for forgetting about it. When writing, use the word "will" instead of "would like to" or "might." Post goals somewhere you're able to see them consistently. My favorite way to organize my goals are on a Vision Board.
5. Make an Action Plan
This step is often missed in the process of goal setting. You get so focused on the outcome that you forget to plan all of the steps that are needed along the way.
6. Accountability Sis!
Goal setting is an ongoing activity, not just a means to an end. Schedule phone reminders to keep yourself on track, and make time to review your goals progress. Things may happen, and steps may change, or take longer than expected, but continue to persevere my good sis! Make sure the value, and necessity of your action plan remains high and relevant.
Girl, I'm sure we ALL are guilty of starting things and not finishing them. We stop that TODAY! Set your goals, challenge yourself.....let's get it done together!
We got this!
Thanks for reading,