How to Set Achievable Goals…

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posted on January 3, 2011 by  |  posted under New Years, Organization

How to Set Achievable Goals

I can’t believe 2010 has come and gone already! Hope you all had a wonderful year and holiday season!

I don’t know about you, but it feels like the days, months, and years are flying by faster than before. I’ve been thinking about this a lot this holiday season, and I really want to make 2011 count. I don’t want to be overly ambitious and set unrealistic goals then fail miserably, so I did some research on how to make goals that I’ll actually achieve and feel better about myself. Since we’re all in this together, I wanted to share…

1. Brainstorm. Write down EVERYTHING  you want to work on. As you finish the list, reread the items and cross off the ones that seem a little too ambitious. Don’t scribble them out, just a single line. That way you can see them at a later time and work on them.

Also, be positive about yourself. We are our own worst enemy…but as we think positive about ourselves, we’ll have a positive outcome. [Example: I don't want to be lazy instead: I want to be more active throughout the day.]

How to Set Achievable Goals

2. Categorize. Last year my husband and I did this with our goals and it made such a difference. We broke them down into categories by topic: Personal, Physical, Spiritual, Financial, Social, etc…This way we were able to see how we were improving in specific aspects of our lives.

[HINT: the more specific the goal, the better. You get to cross off more and you'll feel accomplished. Believe me, I write down EVERYTHING these days...haha].

How to Set Achievable Goals

3. Prioritize. Take your categorized goals and list them in order of importance. This way you will have a starting point for your journey. Some goals may never end such as: “spend more time with my family.” That’s ok. List it first [as it probably is one of your most important] and highlight it in a way that you see it as you review your goals. You can mentally check yourself throughout the year and add more specific goals pertaining to that goal day-by-day.

How to Set Achievable Goals

4. Rewards. Don’t forget this part! It is the best part after all…Depending on your goal, you will probably want to make different rewards. You might want a daily reward if you finish all your tasks on time [such as dessert at dinner]. Last year on my weight loss journey I made benchmark goals. For every 5 pounds I lost, I got to buy an article of clothing. It was one of the things that kept me going when I wanted to give up.

How to Set Achievable Goals

Most of all…do the things that are the most important to YOU! Don’t write down what others expect of you, do what makes you happy! And remember, we’re all in this together so please share any other tips or ideas that have helped you meet your resolutions!

Click: HDS 2011 Goals to download our 2011 RESOLUTIONS packet for FREE!

Happy New Year & Good Luck!

How to Set Achievable Goals

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  1. January 3rd, 2011 at 10:22 am
    alysha says:
    Great tips Caley! Setting my resolutions TODAY! :)
  2. January 3rd, 2011 at 10:31 am
    Shelley says:
    So cute Caley! I love the download. This is giving me to boost I need to makes some goals and stick with them :) Thanks
  3. January 3rd, 2011 at 12:25 pm
    Shelley says:
    Caley, what program should I use to open it? Is it a pdf?
    • January 3rd, 2011 at 12:30 pm
      Caley says:
      Hi! It is a pdf so it should either open in a browser or in Adobe. It's been opening for me in a browser. Let me know if that doesn't work! :)
      • January 3rd, 2011 at 2:17 pm
        Shelley says:
        Got it!! yay! I'm making my husband do this too! :)
        • January 3rd, 2011 at 2:25 pm
          Caley says:
          Yay! We are doing it tonight too! This is going to be a good year! I can feel it! :)
  4. January 3rd, 2011 at 1:15 pm
    nancy says:
    Love it, hopefully I will be able to stick with it. What a cute font you used. May I ask what it is
    • January 3rd, 2011 at 1:40 pm
      Caley says:
      Thanks Nancy! The font is from kevinandamanda.com [that's where we get all our cute fonts!] and it's called Pea Sarah Cute. Happy New Year!
  5. January 3rd, 2011 at 3:01 pm
    Susan says:
    Thank you for the goals sheet... I have a few things I'd like to work on this year...this might help!

    sjkgirls@gmail.com
  6. January 4th, 2011 at 11:27 am
    Kristen says:
    I LOVE this!! Thanks for sharing!! If you have a chance come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings www.ladybug-blessings.com.
  7. January 4th, 2011 at 11:48 am
    Missy says:
    This is perfect! I want to come up with more resolutions just so I can write them down on these cute printables! Good Job!
  8. January 4th, 2011 at 2:20 pm
    AJ says:
    So perfect, thank you for this! I have been talking to my husband about goals and such but we haven't written them down. I'm doing it today!
  9. January 4th, 2011 at 2:52 pm
    Kirsten Naughton says:
    I have been dreading making this year's goals and now I can't wait to use this cute form!
    Thanks!
  10. January 4th, 2011 at 5:32 pm
    TWan says:
    Great post and thanks for the forms.
  11. January 4th, 2011 at 5:36 pm
    Stacy says:
    Very nice -- thank you for making this simple and lovely to look at!
  12. January 4th, 2011 at 8:17 pm
    Shannon says:
    Hi ladies, thank you for the great ideas and for the motivating downloads! It's been a long day, so I was looking at your logo while browsing on my phone and thought what is that in the end part of the logo an eagle? Hmmm, no it was the "?" in the circle, but if you look at it ling enough you can see the eagle and the question mark disappears! Thought I would share, hope you understand what I meant:0) blessings, shannon
    Bless
  13. January 4th, 2011 at 9:39 pm
    Cheryl says:
    I can't open the link, it doesn't download. Please help.
  14. January 4th, 2011 at 9:50 pm
    Lisa says:
    These are awesome ideas! I found that I am so much more productive if I read over my goals ALOT! Everyday actually! Soo much easier to stay focused!
    PS Very clever goal forms LOVE them!!
  15. January 5th, 2011 at 11:25 am
    Erin says:
    I have a suggestion! I get overwhelmed if I try to do too many daily goals, so I incorporate big ones that can be checked off. For example, "work out every day" is kind of a hard one to keep track of and to accomplish. Instead try, " I will complete a 10 k race in June and one in September" that way, you sign up for them as soon as you can and plan your workouts accordingly. Then you have a big goal to check off and it has an end.
  16. January 5th, 2011 at 12:31 pm
    Jamielyn says:
    Awesome, love the printables! Thank you!
  17. January 5th, 2011 at 7:07 pm
    Jeanne says:
    All I get is some sort of jibberish coding when I click on the link. What am I doing wrong?
    xo
    jeanne
    • January 5th, 2011 at 9:28 pm
      Shelley says:
      try opening it in 'preview'
  18. January 9th, 2011 at 7:20 pm
    Jeanne says:
    Thanks Shelley! It worked :)
    xo
    jeanne
  19. January 3rd, 2012 at 10:21 am
    Stacey says:
    Love this thank you! Linking this up to my blog to help a few more people!!
  20. February 23rd, 2012 at 11:00 pm
    Judy Caroll says:
    Great tips Caley;) Many of us understand that it is very crucial to goals for our life/business. But what most of us don't realize is how to set goals in a way that they can be achieved. We should be realistic and honest to have a clear set of goals. All the best.
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