By: Karen R. Thompson, LMSW, CEAP, CAADC, EAC Clinical Specialist – The New Year is a common time to set some personal goals for the coming year. It is important to spend some time reflecting on both your challenges and successes over the past year as you begin the process of developing new goals. Rather than focusing only on shortcomings, take stock of areas in your life where you have succeeded. Then, build on your successes. When you think about what you want to achieve in life and set specific goals, you will become more self-motivated.
When considering goals for the new year, it may be helpful to focus on specific categories such as health-related goals, finances, relationships, or career goals, etc. Rather than having too many goals in different areas, it is best to just focus on one category. Once you have set a goal, develop SMART goals for that category.
What are SMART goals? SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-based. It is a way of breaking down larger goals into small achievable steps. An example of a health-related SMART goal is: Walk 30 min per day for 5 days per week. The idea behind SMART goals is that it gives you something concrete and realistic to work toward.
Setting goals is the best way to give your life focus and direction. Your short-term, specific goals should reflect your larger objectives for the year.
- What do you want to accomplish this month?
- What do you want to accomplish this week?
These questions focus your short-term goals on the things that are most important to you. Setting achievable, short-term goals will help you build on successes step-by-step and create lasting changes.
Would you like help in goal-setting or other life issues? Contact EAC! We’re here to help!