How-to Set Winning Goals (and then achieve them)

Did anyone set a 2018 resolution? How's it going so far?

As I've mentioned before, I'm a huge fan of the start of a New Year. The word resolution always seems temporary to me, but goal setting I can get on board with. I tried something different this year and invested in the Cultivate What Matters Power Sheets - I couldn't be happier with the whole process of completing them! It's basically a workbook that helps you brainstorm goals that really move you forward, then create a concrete plan to achieve them.

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Now, it's obviously fun to fill in something that's so beautifully designed, but the strategies used are also backed by research and effective for "cultivating" high quality goals. I promise this post isn't sponsored or anything, this is just another one of those products that gets filed under "things I absolutely love". I will say these are a bit of an investment. I went with the six month option because I wasn't quite ready to commit to the full year (which are now sold out!). Regardless, even if you don't want to go all in with the actual book right now, you can still put some of these to good use on your own.

SMART Goals for the Win

Writing SMART goals (oldest trick in the book, amiright?) is likely the most important goal setting strategy you can use since it's at the core of your planning. Most of you have probably heard of this, I think I learned it in almost every non-science course I took in college. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. In short, it's important to make sure you can easily measure success (for example, "I'm going to start running more" would be a tough one to quantify). 

Gratitude Journaling

Secondly, the idea of showing gratitude for what's going well is a great strategy for improving your confidence and appreciation for others (even when it seems like everything is going wrong). I have browsed quite a few motivational planners/goal setting tools over the years and this is one thing they all seem to have in common. You can buy an actual gratitude journal, or you just use a notebook you have lying around. I'm sure there's an app too. No matter what you end of using, take note of how powerful it can be to actually write out some of the simplest things that make you happy each day. 

Action Planning

Lastly, I can't stress how vital it is to break down large, big-picture goals into smaller more actionable steps. Otherwise it just becomes incredibly overwhelming and way too easy to give up on something that might be really meaningful. If you want to make 2018 the year that you go back to school for an advanced degree, what's the first step you need to take to make it happen? Or if you feel like a career change in is the cards for you - what is one thing you can do this week to make that more realistic? 

The Powersheets are great for encouraging you to dream big, but then also providing space for breaking this down into monthly, weekly and daily goals. I love that even a seemingly small task like reading for 30 minutes can actually help me work toward becoming a more skilled writer. 

Goal Setting Workshop for Denver Locals

It's such a coincidence that I've had this post on my calendar for weeks (no joke) because I was recently invited to co-host a goal setting workshop with some other local health/wellness professionals and couldn't be more thrilled to participate! A personal trainer/health coach will be leading an interactive presentation, then the co-hosts (myself included) will be facilitating participants in creating a vision board for the year.

If you are local to Denver, check out this post for all of the details. Not only will it be a great learning experience and networking opportunity, but the proceeds will be benefitting Girls on the Run of the Rockies!