Planning to make some changes in 2008? Be prepared that unrealistic resolutions can really take the fun out of starting a new year. If you expect too much too soon, the January 1 spring-in-your-step as you picture your best year ever can quickly turn into a familiar feeling of here we go again.
To avoid setting yourself up for disappointment as the first blush of January fades, try this 4-step approach to setting achievable goals in 2008.
Step 1. Run a reality check
Often we think we’ve failed at our goals and we blame our lack of willpower. Feeling inadequate makes it less likely we’ll try again – or if we do, we start off down on ourselves and don’t get far. But usually the truth is that we had outlandish expectations to begin with.
Don’t doom yourself to failure – choose sensible targets for achieving the goals you set for 2008. What’s a sensible target? Find out! Check out the web, friends, books or magazines – or ring an expert and ask them.
How long does it take to:
- Reach your goal weight – considering your age, fitness and current weight?
Ask a fitness trainer.
- Find a new job – given your industry, experience and the market?
Check with a recruitment consultant.
- Save for your new home/car/holiday – taking into account your salary and debt level?
Talk to an accountant or financial planner.
Setting a goal that’s realistic is the first step to making this the year you achieve it!
Tomorrow: Step 2. Translate ‘what’ into ‘when’.