Goals 2013

374017_437539182969269_289157359_nAbout this time of year I start thinking about goals for next year. Call them resolutions, call them verbally-stated goals, call them intentions.  By the time January rolls around, I like to have a clear set of goals to use as a road map in 2013. I know some people resist this, but I never understand why because it’s so helpful, especially when it comes to your health.

Research shows that writing down goals makes it much more likely you will achieve them. I think that’s fairly obvious. It’s the same with setting arbitrary deadlines when you are a writer. If you don’t set deadlines and stick with them, it’s hard to get anything done. However, if you have a deadline you have set for yourself, or one an editor has set for you, you will complete your projects. With editors, I have never missed a deadline. In fact, I always turn in projects in advance.

I’m the same way with yearly goals. The reason for this is simple. I want to use this time before a new cycle begins to get clear on my intentions. I like to know where my path is going and how my goals will line up with that. A conscious gathering time if you will. As I gather mentally, I use my thoughts. I look at the goals from last year and usually have achieved 90% of those. I carry any over I still feel strongly about.  As I gather spiritually, I use my dreams and intuitions. When both mind and spirit line up, I have my goals.

Those goals cross over into many areas including family, health, career, spiritual, fun, balance, finances, etc. The general categories shift from year to year for me. If I feel something was out of balance the year before, I try and compensate for that the following year. For example, last year in the personal development category I wanted to improve my public speaking skills so joined Toastmasters, but did not do as many speeches as I originally intended. I may look at that this year and decide on a specific number I want to get through, and make more room for that.

That leads me to specifics. It’s important with goal setting to be precise and broken into achievable steps. Let’s say we’re talking about dropping some weight. Rather than saying, “I will drop 20 pounds,” say “I will drop 2 pounds weekly for the next ten weeks.” The next step is to be specific about how you will do that. (Might I suggest making me your health coach!) Whatever your goal, break it down, be specific on your steps, and make them small and achievable.

It’s also crucial to write them down. I type mine out on an index card and carry them with me in my schedule book throughout the year. Periodically, I check it to see where I’m at.  This helps me remember the path I had laid out and re-evaluate my journey. This is a working document, not one to be judged just as you wouldn’t judge a map. There are often many different routes to the same end and sometimes we just need to adjust our route to reach the same destination.

How do you feel about setting goals? Why?

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About jamieweilhealthcoach

I'm on a mind-body-spirit journey. At first, I thought health was about the physical body, but I'm discovering it's so much more than that. I've learned that it's more about serving and connecting with others than anything else. It's about being in the world in a blissful way. Before I blog, I meditate on what my readers need to hear--what will inspire them. Then, I write it. (www.getstrongblog.com)
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4 Responses to Goals 2013

  1. Janet says:

    I become over zealous when jotting down goals and then become discouraged when I fall short.

    • I hear you, Janet. It’s easy to get enthusiastic. I’m constantly talking myself down. One goal of mine is to start a non-profit in Shasta County for single mothers with children showing signs of mental illness. I wanted to do the whole thing next year, but have talked myself down to the vision board–getting very clear on who I will serve, processes, budgets, etc. Maybe that will work? xo

  2. P.E.A.C.E. says:

    Thank you so much for another truly inspirational post! This especially resonates with me: “If you don’t set deadlines and stick with them, it’s hard to get anything done.” While I was overly intense with making goals for myself in my 30’s, lately I’ve swung to the other extreme and allowed myself to do what I can and see what happens. I want to find the happy-medium (for me) and make goals to work towards. For example, I want to make new like-minded friends so I know I need to join groups, and do things with new people. There’s a birding group I want to join, and a nearby bookstore that offers a guided meditation drop-in every other Thursday. Plus a gardening group at my local community center. I know I won’t make new friends unless I get out and try new things!
    And (physical) health-wise, I want to (need to!) be 50 pounds lighter by this time next year and I often think to myself that if I could lose ONE pound a week, or of course 4 in a month, I’d reach that goal. I get excited and start making better choices like more salads for supper and longer walks, but I seem to lose the drive. Perhaps I do need to make you my health coach!
    I’ll give the Vision Board a go, and will definitely keep coming here to read your amazing posts.
    Hugs of gratitude, Gina

    • Yes, Gina, it’s an ongoing process to zero in on the level of goal-setting that works for each of us, isn’t it? I just find if you’re not clear about what you’re doing, how can the Universe help you out? I love your example of like-minded friends. I actually put that on my vision board last year as a group of people standing in a circle holding hands. And I sat on that each night (along with the other parts of that board.) The next day like-minded people starting dropping into my life out of such unlikely places I had to laugh. I didn’t even get to the “joining group” part–I just got clear and opened up to what I truly wanted to see and held it in my attention. Physical health is so much like that. It’s breaking it down into parts, getting clear, having a plan, and–HOW FUN WITH THAT BE TO BE YOUR HEALTH COACH! I would be honored to do this when you are ready. Collect more information, if you like, by visiting http://www.gethealthywithjamie.com and look at the tab that reads Take Shape for Life. My direct email is jamieweilwrites@gmail.com. We can get going whenever you’re ready! Thank you so much for your kind words, YOUR amazing posts, and the light you bring to the world. Hugs! Jamie

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