Do You Have Big Career or Wellness Goals for 2014?

Now that the holiday season is over, are you contemplating how you might want to improve yourself and/or your career during the next year?  Are you unclear how to make reasonable goals that are challenging but doable?

Many people have some idea what they want to be different in their lives but are often too general creating goals.  For example, some people might identify they wish to attain greatness in their careers, reach a high level of wellness or balance their work and home lives, but while these are positive aspirations, they are not clear or specific enough to actually achieve.  Here are some suggestions to identify, clarify and create career or wellness goals that are both realistic and attainable.

Five Suggestions to Help Create Great Life Enhancing Annual Goals:

  1.  Begin by asking yourself what area(s) in your life/career you may wish to improve.  This can be done by spending time contemplating the different main areas most people consider to be important.  Some may include:
    1.  Health
    2. Career
    3. Relationships
    4. Work/life balance
    5. Life purpose/spirituality
  2.  Once you have identified the area(s) you wish to address, fine-tune them.  For example, if you identified you want better health, are you wishing to release some excess weight, stop smoking or become more active?
  3. If you choose wanting to release some weight, ask yourself whether you overeat, eat late in the evening and/or have become more sedentary without changing the amount of food you are eating.
  4. Now that you have a more specific end goal, you can create doable smaller ones. Specific weight loss goals may include:
    1.  Learn how to and eat healthy portion sized meals.  Joining Weight Watchers or TOPS can help you learn to eat more moderately.
    2. Exchange unhealthy snacks like high-calorie sweet treats for healthier ones.  I love small oranges that taste sweet but also supply vitamins and good fiber.
    3. If late night snacking is a problem, try distractions, such as doing a craft, talking on the phone, or my favorite, doing Word Find puzzles.
    4. For those of us who sit too much, get up and walk around your office once per hour and take just a short daily walk (fifteen to twenty minutes is fine).
  5.  Once you have clarified and created specific goals, try writing them as “promises”, such as “I promise to walk twenty minutes per day”.

Whatever the goals you choose, in order to be successful, the secret is to be open to trying something new.  An interesting definition of insanity is doing the same thing in the same way but expecting a different result.

Great success can be achieved when goals are clear, specific, doable, and the goal setter is open to making a change!

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