It’s the start of yet another year and as is customary many people decide on “New Years resolutions” or “New Year goals”…but how many persons stick to them after a couple of months? Better yet, how many of you have taken the time to actually write your goals down on paper?
Studies have been found to show that persons who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them. Writing your goals down gives you a clear visual picture of those things you want to achieve and helps to act as a clear reminder of those things you so eagerly wished to work towards at the start of the year.
Now, goals need not only be written at the start of a year and can be broken down into both short term and long term.
When setting goals it’s important to make them specific, realistic, measurable and time bound.
In rehab we often sit with our patients/athletes to discuss realistic goals both in the short term and long term to ensure that all parties are aligned and working towards a common goal(s). These short and long term goals should always have a time frame attached, that way plotting the journey to achieving them along a specific timeline keeps you focused on the task at hand and gives feedback on progress if specific targets are not met. While hitting every target on time may not always happen as planned, imagine if you had no physical note or stipulated timeframe to work within? You’d have no idea if you were hitting a target or not.
Goal setting is a very useful and powerful process that can be applied to almost any task in life. Whether it be physical, career, family, education, attitude, service or personal, spending some quiet time reflecting on what you want to do and then taking steps to achieve it can boost your motivation, self confidence, and bring self fulfillment after achievement.
Try writing your goals this year-make sure to enjoy the journey working towards them and surely the rewards will come!
Happy goal setting!