New Year's is here. Now is the time to set strong goals that encompass the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of your life. When taking a trip, maps or GPS help keep you on the right road ensuring you reach your destination safely and soundly.
In life, strong goals act as the road map allowing you to better enjoy the journey because you know where you're going. Goals give direction helping streamline day to day decisions while making improvements from year to year. Good goal planning followed by effective implementation is essential for success in any walk of life.
But how do you set achievable goals? How can you tell what is an important goal and what is not?
Healthy Goals Reduce Stress
There is nothing worse than having goals for everything else except your health. It would be like starting on a trip with absolutely no idea of how to get there. Establishing a good set of goals especially at the New Year helps reduce your stress levels for the entire year.
The best way to set health goals is to identifying four areas that need improvement. From there, pick the goal you feel is the easiest to improve.
Work on that goal for at least three months or until you feel that it has become a comfortable habit.
Once goal No. 1 is doing better, go to the second one, and so forth. By the end of the year, you can congratulate yourself on having made four important improvements in your lifestyle.
Balancing the Personal and Professional
More often than not, professional goals such as making money or taking care of kids takes precedent over personal goals. We always lead by example; so how can you be an effective leader at home or work without strong personal direction? Don't place your personal goals and dreams on hold for your kids or job. Waiting for retirement to fulfill your dreams is not a good idea either. Putting things on hold until retirement will only leave you unfulfilled and resentful.
Even in retirement you want to be productive, not just busy. Start learning to get the most out of life now because there are no guarantees that you will be here in the future.
Making Goal Setting Easier
To make goal setting easier, dedicate some quiet time to thinking about your current life situation. Decide what you like about your life right now and what you don't. Write down your likes and dislikes on a piece of paper so they are easier to visualize. Include the dreams you have kept close to your heart and the vision you've had for yourself "once you grew up."
Ask yourself if you are living life proactively or reactively. Are you making compromises in life because of other people or are you living the life you
want? Ask yourself all these questions and then pick four goals you would
like to accomplish for 2012 listing them in order of importance. Pick goals that will make your life more meaningful or help make you a better person. Once you have your goals, commit to reviewing them daily and start working on number one for the New Year.