A new year is a fresh start. It’s synonymous with new beginnings and a prime opportunity to make a plan for the coming 12 months. Let’s take some time to start the year right with some goal setting strategies.
Why bother with goal setting?
Almost everyone has a dream they would like to achieve. Maybe you want to get a promotion at work. Or you might want to tackle a new language. Goals are important steps towards planning for the future and achieving your dreams – in work, in your personal life, and even in your relationships.
“The moment you put a deadline on your dream it becomes a goal.”
– Stephen Kellog
A well-defined goal gives you focus and direction. If you want to achieve your dreams, it’s important to have a target to aim for and a timeline. Your plan may be simple or sometimes very complicated, depending on what it is you want to accomplish.
Setting goals helps you trigger new behaviors, build habits, and sustain momentum. It gives you a way to measure your progress and provides a sense of mastery as you reach each new milestone in your plan.
Actionable goals not only help motivate us, but can also help improve mental health and lead to greater success both personally and professionally. Accomplishing what you set out to do can provide a boost to your self-esteem and further motivation for the future.