2014 has arrived! I hope you all had a great New Year's Eve and enjoyed your 1st day of the year with your family and friends! My mind is full of personal goals that I want to tackle this year and I have a stack of books here that I've started to read to put those goals into action. I'm determined to learn more about photography, post processing techniques, and what it takes to turn this passion into a business. From what I've read so far it's a lot of work, but it's also exciting to see other people succeeding so it gives me hope. As for the dogs I'm using the Fitbit that my friend gave me to log in a minimum number of steps with the dogs each day to reach a healthier lifestyle for all of us!
So, what techniques are useful when setting goals? I heard on the radio this morning that only 8% of people that set new year resolutions actually accomplish them at the end. That's it. (One family actually included their dog in on their resolutions!) So I did a little research to start me off on the right track and found these 5 key points to help me (and you!) reach those goals:
- Set realistic goals and spell them out exactly. The more specific you are the more likely you are to reach them.
- Don't set the bar too low, set it higher than you think you can reach. Make them difficult but not impossible.
- Establish the overall, bigger goal, then break it down into smaller, achievable pieces.
- Set measurable goals that include amounts, dates, etc. so they are easier to track.
- Set goals in writing and put them in a visible space so you see them every day. (I think I'll include this as a reminder on my calendar every morning!)
This week is also been a good time for me to reflect on changing my attitude and my personal thoughts to ones that are positive and more uplifting. We all know how contagious positive attitudes can be, and most of us dog owners know that our dogs pick up on those vibes also as they travel down the leash. So I'm determined to let work issues stay at work so I can focus on a happier home life for both me and my dogs!
Cheers to a new year and to living out our life to the fullest!
(p.s.- The site Mind Tools is incredibly helpful in showing you how to set personal and career goals!)