Goal setting

Each year, people will make new year resolutions for the next year. How can you set goals that will succeed the next year?

Make a list of goals

Start to make a very long list of goals you want to achieve the next year (short-term goals), the next 5 years (mid-term goals) and 10 years (long-term goals). Now for those short-term goals select a maximum of 5 you want to accomplish this year.

Make it SMART

Make your goals SMART:

  • Specific
    Be specific what you want to achieve for the next year. I had this year a goal for running a half marathon within 1 hours and 40 minutes. That is very specific.
  • Measurable
    You should be able to measure if you have achieved your goal. If you want to be more assertive, this is not easy to measure. In case of the half marathon it is easy to measure if you’ve met your goal or not.
  • Achievable
    If you’ve never ran, you can’t say you want to run a marathon within 2 and a half hour. This isn’t achievable. Be realistic, so you will be motivated to achieve your goals.
  • Relevant
    It should support your mid-term and long-term goals and what you really want to achieve in life.
  • Time-bound
    Life is short, you have only a number of weeks within your life to accomplish what you want. Also a small kid is not allowed to stay all his or her life within 1st grade. So set a goal when you want to accomplish your goal.

Work on it

Now you’ve set your goals, work on it. With your goals in mind, you can easily check for yourself if something crosses your path during the day if it will benefit your goals you’re working on. It will be also easier to see no to certain requests of other people.


Review your goals at a regular time. For example each Sunday evening. Walk through your list of goals and verify for yourself what you have done this week to meet your goals. What will you do next week in order to meet your goals.

Let other people know

Let other people know which goals you’ve set. In this case people will remind you at the goals you’ve set. You’re also more willing to achieve them.

Posted in Personal growth by Bruno at December 31st, 2017.

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