by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated
March at last! February is without a doubt my least favorite month of the year, and it’s not just the dreary weather. February is the month when I usually realize that I’ve already lost sight of the goals on my resolution list. That is until a friend of mine insisted I participate in a little goal writing exercise during our girls’ night out. The small group of women let out more than a few groans at her suggestion, but we figured why not give it a try? It was then that I learned a few simple steps to bring any goal within reach.
Make It a Priority
Before you begin setting your goals, take a few minutes to list out four or five things that matter most to you, such as family, career, health or spirituality. Taking a look at what we truly care about will help us set attainable goals in areas of our lives worthy of the effort.
Once you have a list of the most important things in your life, set specific goals to improve in those areas. For example, don’t set a goal to spend more time with friends, instead set a goal to call a friend once a week, or invite a friend out once a month for coffee.
Write It Down
Writing goals down doesn’t just solidify them in our minds, it serves as a much needed reminder. When my friends and I took the time to write down our goals that evening, I didn’t think too much of it. It was only later, as I stumbled across my list while thumbing through my notebook, that I realized the advantage of such a practice. I encountered my list of goals many times throughout the year. When I took a look at that sheet of paper, my zest to achieve my goals was renewed.
When you have made progress on one of your goals, reward yourself. A pat on the back, or night on the town for your hard work is incentive to keep heading in the right direction. Personally, I find that a good piece of dark chocolate does the trick on most occasions. Setting goals with a group of like-minded friends makes celebrating our successes that much more enjoyable.