A Helpful Guide to Setting and Planning Your Goals for the New Year

A Helpful Guide to Setting and Planning Your Goals for the New Year

As with the beginning of every new year, it’s time to set some annual goals or resolutions to accomplish throughout this next year. One of the problems with setting goals each year is the tendency to set unattainable goals that can set ourselves up for failure . This year, take time to plan and set goals with this helpful guide so you can end the year with a number of crowning achievements.

A Helpful Guide to Setting and Planning Your Goals for the New Year
Welcome to 2016! Setting, planning, and accomplishing your goals and resolutions can be simpler than you think.

1) Start Small

When setting a goal, we tend to set a broad goal like “to lose weight” or to “save money.” Instead, start small. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, pinpoint how many total pounds you’d like to lose and then set goals based on smaller milestones.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a healthy and successful weight loss is to lose 1-2 pounds a week or 4-8 pounds a month. So when setting your goal, set smaller supporting goals like to lose weight per week or month rather than focusing on the total amount of desired weight loss.

2) Develop a Plan for Each Goal

It’s one thing to say you want to lose weight or save money in the new year, but how are you going to do it? While these are good goals, planning to achieve each goal is important for accomplishing the goal. For example, if your goal is to save money, make a plan to go through all expenses to see where you can cut costs and then go from there.

3) Keep It Real

I would love to be a self-made billionaire who looks like a Victoria Secret model, but let’s face it, that’s just not realistic. While it is ok to dream, it’s quite another thing to turn those dreams into goals. Setting realistic goals will give you a better chance at attaining those goals rather than setting yourself up for failure.

4) Write It Down

A Helpful Guide to Setting and Planning Your Goals for the New Year
You don’t have to literally write down your goals with paper and pen, but writing them down in some format where you can easily see them each day will prove quite useful.

It’s one thing to set goals in your mind, but it’s quite another to actually see them. Writing them down somehow seems to make it more real. Just like stepping on the scale, it changes everything when you actually see that number.

Writing down your goals can be simply listing them out on a piece of paper or you can take it a step farther and create what some call a “vision board.” Find a concrete place where you can assemble pictures and sayings that symbolize your goals. Seeing your goals written down every day can help you to stay motivated throughout the year.

A Helpful Guide to Setting and Planning Your Goals for the New Year

Once you have set your goals, make them fun! Life can be stressful enough without the pressure of meeting these goals, even with this helpful guide. Good luck and Happy New Year!