At the end of each year, I look to set goals for the next year. I believe that setting realistic goals and not resolutions is the best way to make a change. It also allows you to set goals that can include incremental change. Resolutions can often be too cut and dry and often too try too much at once, such as going to the gym every day or quitting smoking or drinking; these require a dramatic change in your habits in a short period of time. All too often, people try to make resolutions at the start/end of the year, which may be unrealistic.
Goals are often something to achieve over time, and you can continue a goal over one, two or many years. This is why I prefer to set goals for the year, as they are often not as clear-cut or may include stages or mini-changes and therefore allow you to personally evaluate if you achieve part or all of the goal. If you have achieved only part of the goal, you can continue and roll it over into the next year. The difference is that you could have the goal of going getting fit, this may involve going to the gym or just walking more often or doing some weights. Creating general goals with multiple parts or stages can seem more achievable with incremental behavioural change.
I hope you enjoyed this post and feel ready to set you goals for 2023 and beyond.
Text was written by Damian Holmes.