Ever wish things could be different in your life? Change is possible, if you set some realistic goals and work towards achieving them. In my last post, I reflected on my achievements in 2018. I’m still thinking about my goals for next year but in the meantime, I thought I would write about the importance of setting goals.
Why set goals?
Who should set goals?
Everyone! Age is no barrier. Setting goals is not just for young people! When I was at university studying towards my BA 20 years ago(!), there was an elderly person in one of my English literature classes who had obviously made it a goal to attend university and obtain a degree (or at least complete a paper). As I have mentioned previously, I am currently participating in the YMCA 10k Summer Series. Some of the elderly runners are still doing marathons and half marathons (not to mention making it a goal to participate in the 10k series!). Very inspiring stuff.
When to set goals
Any time! A lot of people like making new year’s resolutions, whereas I prefer to think of them as goals I am working towards. Whether you choose to set your goals at the beginning of the year or at any other time, remember that you can revise your goals at any time. If you realise that you’ve set the bar is too high and your goal is unattainable, lower it. If you have already achieved a goal, set a new one! Don’t forget that it’s perfectly fine to set a goal for the following year (or even later). When I started the YMCA 10k summer series in September, I set a goal to run the course in a time of under one hour by the end of the series in April 2019.
How to set goals
Tips for goal-setting