Many people set goals for themselves at the beginning of the year. Often, these goals are a part of a new year's resolution. The new, fresh year feels like a natural time to make some long-term plans. However, in so many cases, these goals come to naught. At the end of the year, we often find that we have fallen far short of our goals -- if we even remember to think about them.
That's why checking in with goals as you go along is such a good idea. After all, setting a goal is just the first step. As you move toward a goal, you always need to track how you are doing. Assessing your performance midway through is the only way to be sure you are actually making good progress.
Periodically checking in with the goals you set way back at the beginning of the year should be a regular habit. First, look back on what goals you actually set. Hopefully, you wrote them down. Being able to see exactly how you described your goals is very helpful.
If a goal is measurable, then it is easier to assess your progress. For example, if one of your goals was to save up a certain amount of money or lose a set amount of weight over the whole year, figuring whether you are making sufficient progress is straightforward. Similarly, if you wanted to exercise six days a week, you can immediately tell if you are keeping up that pace.
Goals that are more nebulous are a little tougher to assess. If your goal was to step outside your comfort zone more often, or to be kinder to your spouse, you might not have a perfectly clear picture of how you are doing. In these situations, you will have to take some time to reflect on your goal. Think as deeply as you can. Writing down your thoughts may help you reach a deeper understanding.
Now, if you are making solid progress towards your goals, then the next step is simple -- just keep up the good work. Take inspiration from what you have accomplished so far. Knowing what you are capable of will increase your confidence, motivation, and self-belief.
However, if you haven't made good progress towards your goals, then it is time to reassess and chart a new course. A goal is only useful if it is realistic. Goals that are out of reach actually inspire hopelessness and a consequent loss of motivation. Sticking with a goal that is beyond you is counterproductive.
Instead, you should modify your goals so that they are something you can accomplish by the end of the year with reasonable effort. For example, if you wanted to drop 25 pounds by the end of December but have only shed five pounds halfway through the year, change your goal to just 15 pounds. If your goal to work out six days a week feels unrealistic, aim for a more manageable four days per week.
With this strategy, you are responding to how the goals you set have fared in the real world, rather than forgetting them, giving up on them, or stubbornly pursuing them when they are beyond your reach. Checking in with your goals is all-important to ensuring the goals you set actually help you improve yourself and your life.
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Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise routine. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider.