Now that we’ve begun wrapping up all the festivities of the winter and we’ve rung in the New Year (YAY! 2011) ……
Sharing your goals and plans with others is a great idea. Very often it does at least two things:
1. It solidifies them in your mind.
Its no longer just a figment of a thought or some fuzzy idea that you may or may not commit yourself to in the near future. It causes you to think in terms of goals that are actually attainable.
2. It creates accountability.
Its unlikely that I’ll contact you in 3 months and ask you how you’re doing on those goals (unless you want me to do so, in which case, use the contact tab above) and I’m certainly not going to ream you out for not getting ‘xyz’ done in a certain amount of time. But just knowing that I could might give you a push to follow through. Seriously though, if you share your goals with some friends they just might come along side you and check in – and you could do the same for them too.
Some tips for goals or resolutions
Make them reasonable. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Baby steps might be small, but they ARE steps.And if you conquer them you will be more likely to
BE CLEAR and SPECIFIC
Don’t write a goal that uses words like ‘better’ or ‘some’ – examples:
I will lose some weight = BAD
I will lose 10 pounds
I will get better at setting stones = BAD
I will bezel set stones that have crisp clean bezels with no puckers or solder blobs or showing solder seams.
Set goals that you can measure – make sure there are actual objective points that you can measure (A pound vs ‘some’ — bezel setting specifics rather than ‘get better’)
BREAK IT DOWN
Once you come up with a goal – break it down into steps
Lets look at the goal “I will lose 10 pounds”
The steps might be something like :
- lose 1 pound a week
- drink 8 glasses of water a day
- exercise 3 times a week
- create meal plan with daily calories of ‘abc’
Then you can simply follow the steps – check your progress – AND modify the steps as needed.
Now its your turn – share your goals with us – or a tip about goal setting – just leave a comment below.