Goal setting is one of the most important things we can do as individuals, as couples and as families. Without goals, we are moving through life aimlessly and without purpose or direction. Success in our lives (in whatever form that takes) is important. In fact, I don’t know many people who do not want to be successful; but how can you know if you are without a standard by which to measure it?
If you have not set yourself any goals for 2019, I would suggest getting to it. They will give you direction, focus and clarity. When setting your goals consider the following:
- Make them personal – these are YOUR goals. They shouldn’t social media perfect or a cookie-cutter copy of someone else’s goals. These need to be things that YOU want to achieve so you are actually inspired to work towards them!
- Make them specific – nothing makes a goal harder to achieve than one that is veiled in ambiguity. Give your goal as much detail as possible so you know when you have achieved it.
- How are you measuring them? If you can’t measure it, you can’t know if you’ve achieved it. Goals can be measured qualitatively and quantitively – qualitative data is descriptive and quantitative data is numbers. What this means is that you can measure feelings and emotions via surveys or journalling and you can measure things like weight loss and push ups via numbers.
- What’s your timeframe? Goals that have deadlines are much more likely to be achieved than goals that don’t. Set a tight deadline to really motivate yourself.
- Be flexible – your goals will change over time and that’s a good thing. What you wanted at the start of the year may not be want you to want by the end of the year. Just keep refining and adjusting your goals as you need to.
For 2019 I have divided my goals into three categories:
All of these goals are for the 12 month period. I also have smaller goals but they are all ultimately working towards these ones.
So here are a few on my own goals:
- less anger and explosions, less anxiety and more calm (measured by journalling)
- learning to think before speaking (measured by journalling)
- read 12 books
- start my mornings between 4-4.30am with gratitude
- being known as an encourager
- afternoons/evenings for focusing on homework and family time
- 2 TV free days
- regular dates with each of my children
- weekly date night with Tony
- injury free for 2019 (the last two years have been plagued by injuries – torn calves, torn disc in my back, golfer’s elbow, unexpected surgery)
- 1 muscle up
- 3km run in <12 minutes
- 10 x chin ups
- 50 push ups
- squat 100kg
- deadlift 120kg
- hip thrust 200kg
I have a big year ahead of me 😉 but writing these out has me pumped up and excited! What are some of your goals for 2019? I’d love to read them!
Here’s to an awesome 2019!