It’s that time of year again to make ridiculous goals that aren’t obtainable and then become discouraged within a few weeks of not reaching your goal. Last year I didn’t really set any goals. I know myself well enough that I need to take it easy when I have a baby and my only goal last year was to have a baby; I’m happy to report that I totally did it! This year I’m not having a baby, so I’m more focused on kicking butt and making some goals.
I like to break my goals down into six categories: Financial, Emotional, Mental, Physical, Spiritual, and Social. We call it FEMPSS. I’ll give you some ideas for goals in each area.
- Financial-Read a specific book on finances, save 10% of your income, track all spending.
- Emotional-Read a specific book on emotional health, write down my thoughts and emotions whenever I’m upset.
- Mental-Study a new topic, read a certain amount of books.
- Physical-Exercise 5 times a week, eat real food 80% of the time, run a 5k.
- Spiritual-Read my scriptures every day, pray twice a day.
- Social-Have a family over once a month.
Those are some just very basic ideas for goals. I like the acronym SMART which stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. It’s easier when your goals fall under these guidelines. If you just say that you want to lose weight, it’s not measurable or specific.
Now with all of this being said, goals aren’t here to make you feel bad. They’re there to help you become a little bit better than you were last year. And if you’re unable to reach some of the goals you set it might not be that your goal was wrong, just that your timeline was off. You can always give yourself more time to do what you want to do and accomplish what you want to accomplish.
Having goals also gives you direction. If you don't know where you want to go it doesn't matter what road you take.