Setting Reachable Goals for 2016

The beginning of the year is the perfect time to start thinking about new goals and ambitions. You have a whole new year in front of you to accomplish so many new things. However, it’s important when creating your goals to be honest about what you can realistically achieve this year. As much as we all wish there were, there isn’t a way to put more hours in a day. Here are a few practical steps to help you set reachable goals for 2016.

1. Set a maximum of five big goals.

Putting too much on your plate will overwhelm you and hinder your progress. Determine the five things that you most want to accomplish this year and put those at the forefront of all of your plans.

2. Set SMART goals.
SMART stands for:

  • Specific
    NO: Start a blog.
    YES: Start a blog focusing on healthy living and post twice a week.

  • Measurable
    NO: Get more clients.
    YES: Land 10 new clients this year.

  • Actionable
    NO: Be more of a morning person.
    YES: Create and stick to a morning routine.

  • Realistic
    NO: Double sales with every campaign.
    YES: Grow sales by 10% each month.

  • Time-bound
    NO: Start my business.
    YES: Open the doors of my first business by December 1st.

Use these rules to help you determine each of your goals. The more specific they are, the more likely you are to make them happen.

3. Keep your goals in front of you.

Write them on a sticky note on your laptop, write them on a notebook on your desk, write them in your planner, or write them on your forehead. Regardless of where you write your goals, make sure that you keep them in a place where you will be able to look at them and think of them often. Constantly remembering your goals motivates you to continue to work towards them.

4. Create an action plan.

It’s not enough to simply make a goal and let it sit and hope that it happens. You need to put together a course of action to ensure that you make those goals happen. Write down each individual step and cross them off as you complete them. Not only does it feel good to cross something off of a list, but it helps you to see your progress and how close you are to your end result.

Make 2016 your year! Accomplish something to be proud of this year.