Do you struggle with setting goals? Whether it be in your career or personal life, setting goals can sometimes feel overwhelming. Though many people feel that they can set goals easily, they may not always set attainable and realistic goals, which leads to a constant struggle to complete them. Though setting achievable goals may take some practice, the benefits of setting goals and conquering them can have monumental impacts on your confidence and your success. In this post, I will outline WHY you should set goals to take control of your success. I will give you my best tips on goal setting to help you set goals that truly empower you and help you understand why goal setting is important. If you feel you could use support in setting goals or finding clarity in what you should be working towards, consider signing up for a goal session with me-Coach Jenny! I can help you push past your excuses to achieve your goals while living a successful life.
Why Should You Set Goals?
Setting goals is important. When you set goals, you allow yourself to focus and build a vision of what you wish to accomplish. Not setting specific goals, you may feel unsure of how to move towards your vision of success. When you set realistic and attainable goals, not only do you allow yourself to celebrate your own success, but you also guarantee that you are constantly taking action towards your goals. You should always evaluate your goals using the SMART system to help you set goals that you can achieve.
What Does SMART Goals Stand For?
Setting SMART goals just makes sense. Always ensure that your goals follow this template to maximize your ability to set powerful goals and achieve them. Smart goals stand for:
What Type of Goals Should You Set?
As the framework for SMART goals suggests, you should set specific goals. When you sit down to plan your goals, be mindful of what you are looking to achieve. It is a good idea to have goals that will take time to complete. However, consider breaking your goal down into more manageable goals along the way. If your goals are related to income, and you have a yearly gross income number in mind, don’t set your goal as that number alone. Instead, break it down into specific quarterly, monthly, or even bi-weekly goals that you can achieve while continuously working towards your larger goal. Attainable goals are critical in boosting your success as it provides you confidence and allows you to celebrate the smaller accomplishments you achieve frequently. The category of goal you set does not matter. From running a 5K to meeting a commission target at work, you can apply this strategy to any goal. Always set your goals in a way that allows you to celebrate your progress along the way.
What Type of Goals Should You Avoid?
Sometimes we have dreams and goals that we may not have full control over. For example, you may want to win the lottery, but it is an unhealthy goal to buy as many lottery tickets as possible to attain your goal. No matter how many tickets you buy, your goal may very well be impossible as the outcome is entirely out of your control. You may have a specific promotion or job in mind. It is a good idea to have specific goals, but when you cannot control the outcome, you set yourself up for failure from the start. Sometimes for no- fault of your own, you will not get that corporate promotion, or your dream workplace will not hire you. Instead of setting goals that depend on others, frame the goal in a manner that leaves you in control. If your goal is to achieve a certain role in your company, set goals centered around boosting your performance as an employee, or set goals to qualify for additional training. The smaller goals will help you get to the bigger goal.
How Often Should You Check in On Your Goals
Always remember to check in on your goals frequently. This may mean daily, weekly, or monthly depending on your goal, but you should constantly monitor your progression. If you see that you are not completely on track to hit your goal or are about to storm past it, consider adjusting.
You are also allowed to cancel a goal if it no longer feels authentic. Always remember that part of checking in with your goals confirms that you still feel aligned with them. There is no shame in moving in a different direction if it no longer suits you. In fact, always staying in sync will help you achieve your goals.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Setting goals sounds easy but is actually something that takes focus and energy. If you feel overwhelmed by your goals, and don’t know how to move forward, consider asking for help. Lean into your support network. Sometimes asking for guidance will help you find clarity to start achieving them. If you feel that you could use some extra help with your goals, consider reaching out to a professional coach. We have the tools and experience to help you make goals that will amplify your success and boost your confidence.
Jennifer Castro is the owner of JAC Wellness Solutions. She is a Health Educator, Nutritionist, and Patient Advocate specializing in Women's Health & Vestibular Disorders. When she was diagnosed with an inner ear imbalance called Meniere's Disease, she knew she had no choice but to step up her game and become a detective for her own health. Coach Jenny is studying to become a Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach while creating course content for health coaches and educators. She created an educational program for preschool teachers called Jump & Roll Fitness. The program provides lesson plans on how to create healthy habits for preschoolers. She also works as an Insurance Broker providing insurance solutions for small businesses, wellness, and medical practitioners. This blog is ALL about health, well-being, nutrition, lifestyle and kitchen hacks. She also tells stories of her own personal health journey. Coach Jenny loves to garden, spend time with her hubby, and loves to bake new recipes. She likes to put her own "healthy" spin on her and her hubby's favorite sweet treats.
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