The start of a new year is an exciting time full of new opportunities. Studies show that people who write down their goals have a higher rate of success than those that don't. If goal writing is new to you, the following tips below may help get you started:
1. Define your dream: Ask yourself, what is it that you are trying to accomplish? For example; if you are looking for more work/life balance, does that mean you are wanting to take more vacations, spend more time with family and friends, or leave work after an 8 hour work day?
2. Take action: In order to accomplish anything in life, you need to take action. Develop an action plan outlining the steps you will take to achieve success. Whenever possible, keep your plan simple and consider developing a plan with no more than three or four steps. Give yourself a deadline to complete each step to keep yourself on track.
3. Be realistic: If your goal is to lose weight, it would be unrealistic to set a goal to lose 30 lbs in one month. However, it would be realistic to set a goal to exercise twice a week and switch out the night time ice cream with fruits or veggies. By keeping your goals attainable, you set yourself up for success and increase your drive to achieve more.
"The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you are not going to stay where you are."
- J.P. Morgan