We often enter the year with ideas of what we would like to accomplish. You may have called them resolutions, but what they really are are goals – things that we want to work toward to make 2017 the best year yet. Don’t think goals are important? Think again - setting goals is a first step toward making positive changes, as long as they are specifically defined and measurable. Here are3 reasons why you might want to think about creating some goals this year.
- Goals help us create a roadmap of where we want to go. By setting goals we can actually design a path to accomplish what we set out to do. And setting small goals for yourself you can help you accomplish big things. For instance, if you’d like to be able to run a 5K by May, start off with a goal of working your way up to running 1 mile within a month.
- They make us feel accountable. Writing down goals and placing them where we can see them each day, or telling someone else about what we’d like to accomplish, can ensure that we’ll actually take the steps to do it.
- They force us to think about what we really want in life – and help us get there. Taking the time to think about what your goals are pushes you to think about the positive changes you’d like to make.
What are your goals for 2017?