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Dec 2018
Words of Wisdom: Goal Setting

by Sharlene Massie

January is the best time of year to set your intention(s) or decide what goal(s) you want to achieve for 2019.

These intentions or goals are usually something to sink your teeth into, get excited about, and help be your guide throughout the year. 

You may want to adjust the plan or the route to accomplish the goal periodically, but at least the vision will be decided earlier in the year. Shoot for the stars!

 

 

Here are some tips for goal setting in 2019. 

  1.      Create a one liner, phrase, or a few words as a tag line goal

This headline is the one, overall vision you have for your work or home life goal for the year.  Some people may choose to call this the New Year’s Resolution, but I think if this is well thought out and then planned out on a goal sheet, and posted everywhere, it will stick. Then it will be worked on throughout the year, rather than during one midnight moment, quickly forgotten. 

  1.      Put pen to paper. 

The key to putting the vision in writing is to figure out how to achieve it.  This written version will help to create a clear path to achieving something, even if it is not perfect, this day, one year from now, will show that something was accomplished, even if there were detours along the road.  Change is okay. Modifying is probable. 

  1.      Put a few words or pictures that describe some version of the who, what, where, and how. 

If your vision is to live healthier every day, for example, who will help you achieve that, what do you need to do every day, and how do you plan to make this happen?  Hire a trainer, or walk with a neighbour.  What will you need to make this vision of achieving this goal happen in 2019? 

  1.      Why this goal is important to you is the last point. 

One statement or just a few words or picture is all this takes. This is just as important as determining the goal in the first place.  “To live longer” might be the only answer using health as the example. 

Visualizing your intention or goal is powerful. Having it front and center at all times is also critical to reminding you and helping you throughout the day. Stick your phrase on a stick note on the mirror. Put it on your desktop and mobile screensaver.

This exercise will take you further.

Start with a clean slate, and create something from nothing.  That can be a good goal all by itself! 

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