The most successful individuals in life, regardless of career choice or circumstances, have one big trait in common: they set goals for themselves.
As we quickly approach the end of the year, now is the most common time to review past goals and start making new goals. At Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping, we encourage our members to make goals consistently throughout the year. Once a goal has been reached, set another one.
Why is goal-setting so important? There are many reasons, but here are just a few:
Goals give purpose, focus, and direction.
Having a goal and knowing the direction you want to go, whether it be in your career, in your family, in your friendships, etc., gives you the focus to stay on target. Without a goal in mind, your efforts can be misguided and you can be easily distracted. Having a goal helps you direct your energy and efforts.
Goals allow you to track progress.
When you set a goal or goals, you most likely will have a way to track your progress as you’ve identified how to get to that goal. For instance, if you’re trying to reduce the number of sugary drinks you consume each week, write it down and review. Maybe your goal is getting to Farrell’s five times a week. These are all measurable goals that keep you focused.
Goals keep you accountable and motivated.
Setting a goal, writing it down, and sharing it with close friends and family has a way of keeping us accountable and avoiding procrastination. Goals have more staying power than just a thought or wish. As well as keeping you accountable, they also give you motivation. Having something to work towards that has an endpoint helps us make better decisions and gives us motivation to get there.
At Farrell’s, we encourage everyone, members and non-members, to review their past year. Did you set goals for yourself? Did you achieve them? If not, identify why not. Maybe they were too long or too big. We recommend any goal more than a month or two should be broken down into smaller goals to help stay on track.
After reviewing your past year, sit down and write out your goal(s) for the coming 2018 year. Share these with your family, friends, and coaches at Farrell’s or among family and friends at home. If you're not a member, join Farrell's and let us help you stay accountable to reach your goals and become successful in all parts of your life.