How To Set Achievable Goals

Did you set goals in 2019? Did you achieve any of them?  If not, why? Most people start a new year off with some type of new year resolution or goal.  The difference between successfully completing your goals and failing to do so is setting realistic goals and creating actionable items.  This blog will provide you with some simple tips on how to set goals for the new year with action steps to increase the probability of achieving them.

Step 1: Assess the Failures

When it comes to setting goals, you might consider taking a look at what occurred for you not to reach your former goals.  Allow yourself to assess the barriers or challenges that caused you not to achieve your former goals, especially if you set the same goal for the upcoming year.  For example, your goal is to live a healthier lifestyle.  Last year, you increased your physical activity, but you did not decrease or stop bad eating habits.  Assessing the failures can aid you in minor adjustments to increase the probability of goal achievement.

Step 2: Make Realistic Goals

Avoid making goals that are not realistic.  Goal setting should be an exercise in patience, specificity, and actionable items.  Goals can be short-term or long-term.  You define what short-term or long-term means to you by setting a timeline.  Do you want to complete your goal in 30 days or 6 months?  Once you determine your timeline, be patient and work through the timeline with specificity and action steps. Make your goals specific to you with doable actionable items.  Just because someone else thinks you should start a gym membership to lose weight, doesn’t mean that is the actionable item for you to achieve your goal of a healthier lifestyle. If going to the park and walking 30 minutes 2 – 3 days a week or riding a bike is better for you, then this may be more realistic.

Step 3: Be Accountable

Once you have set your goals with specific timelines and tasks, be accountable to working your plan for success.  Writing your goals down on a vision board, digital white board, or planner means nothing if you are not intentionally and consistently working your action steps.  This develops accountability to oneself.  Some people who know they have failed in the area  of self-accountability do better with the aid of an accountability partner. An accountability partner is that individual who motivates and helps you stay focused on your tasks.  Their role is to encourage you to succeed not enable you to fail.


Have you set goals for 2020?  Have you taken the time to assess what goals you failed to achieve in 2019?  If so, what different approach will you take in 2020 to make sure you achieve your goals? Hopefully, this blog has provided you with some simple steps to implement to increase the probability of achieving your goals this year and beyond.

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