Why set goals?
Setting goals will assist in achieving your long-term vision and give you the short-term motivation you need. Setting goals helps you focus and ensures that you organize your time and resources to make the most out of life.
By setting clearly defined goals, that can be measured and taking pride in the outcomes, you will be able to see the progress of reaching every step of your goals. Setting goals will also raise your self-confidence, as you recognize your ability to reach the goals you have set.
What are the steps in setting goals?
There are a number of things we should do before we consider setting goals:
1. How ready are we for change?
Firstly, we need to be honest with ourselves. How much do we want or need to make this change? Unless we are prepared to take action and commit to it, it is unlikely to happen.
2. Stages of change:
The best way to do this is to work out which stage you are at in the cycle of change. If there is an area of your health you want to work on but don’t feel ready it will be very tough to reach your goal. Wellness and health coaches are trained to help you move through the stages of change to set you up for the best success. The diagram below outlines the stages of change and you can read more in depth here.
3. Wellness Assessment
Another way of assessing where you are at and what are truly your highest priorities in life is by completing our sleep wellness assessment. This can help you identify the areas of need for you and what to address first. If you are looking to make changes with your sleep you can use this tool to help identify areas to work on. Then you can determine which stage of change you are in and whether you need to do some work before you start planning.
Once you are ready to make those changes. How do you go about setting achievable goals, which you can successfully complete?
Big Picture? What’s our overall Vision?
In order to set our short-term goals we need to know our bigger picture? We need to have a clear idea of our vision. Our vision combined with our wellness assessment results will narrow down the goals we want to set.
So what is the best way to develop a goal?
Set goals that are SMART. That is, specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. Use this form and the notes on making sure your goals are SMART below to outline your first goal. You can set more than one goal at a time, but avoid setting too many goals at once or it can be overwhelming. Start with at least one, but no more than four.
Set Specific Goals
Your goal must be clear and well defined. Vague or generalized goals are unhelpful because they don’t give us enough sufficient direction.
Set Measurable Goals
Include precise amounts, dates, and so you can measure your success of your goals. If your goal is simply defined for example as “To go to bed earlier” how will you know when you have been successful? A more specific goal such as “In one month’s time I will be going to bed by 10pm 6 nights a week” is easier to measure.
Set Attainable Goals
Make sure that it’s possible to achieve the goals you set. If you set a goal that you have no hope of achieving you will sabotage yourself before you start. On the flipside don’t make your goals too easy, as you want to challenge yourself to make the positive changes you are looking for.
Set Relevant Goals
Goals should be relevant to the direction you want your life to go. You don’t want to set goals which are not going to help you reach your overall vision.
Set Time-Bound Goals
Your goals must have a deadline. This is really making sure you know when to stop and celebrate your success.
- Assess where you are at and your priorities
- Make SMART goals
- Celebrate your success
- If you don’t reach your goal, take a look back at where you need to alter things to ensure you can reach your goal
- Only set a one or two goals at any time
- Make short term goals fit in to a long-term vision
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