Friday, January 30, 2009

Winding Down in January

With January winding down, it is a good time to put our goal action plan into place and work toward achieving our goals.

Keep your action plan within sight every day so it is not forgotten. Work toward goals by taking steps day by day to bring you closer to them. Put the steps you have recorded in your action plan on your daily to-do list, and see how many you can complete in a week.

As you make strides in your action plan, congratulate yourself and remind yourself why you are working toward the goal. For instance, if you want to save money, write down why you want to save. Is it for security? a vacation? a new car? a major purchase?

Once you reach a goal, celebrate your victory in a meaningful way.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Happy New Year

Here we are at the start of a new year. What a great time to look back and celebrate the past year’s successes and see where we could use some improvement. It’s also the best time to set and/or revise goals for 2009.

Goal Setting Tips

  • Goals should be attainable but challenging enough to excite you.
  • Goals should be as specific as possible.
  • Goals should be measurable so you will know when you have reached them.
  • Set goals for multiple areas of your life—personal, professional, and spiritual.
  • Set a deadline for your goals.
  • Put together a workable plan to reach your goals.
  • Create both short- and long-term goals.
  • Use your strengths when considering goals and developing your plan of action.

Happy goal setting!