Written by: Rachel Westman

It's that time of year, and even if you vowed not to make resolutions this year, goal setting can be powerful - Here are some tips for setting powerful goals to carry you into the new year: 

1. Make them SMART  
I like to consider this the golden rule of goal setting. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.  An example of a SMART goal is:

" I have completed a 30 day yoga challenge by September 2014"

It is specific in the way that it gets straight to the point, no explanation needed.
It is measurable in the way that you have set a date for the goal to be completed.
It is attainable in the way that it is a goal that is important to you.
It is realistic in the way that it is set in the present tense as if you have already completed the goal.
It is timely in the way that you have given yourself an appropriate amount of time to complete it.

**Make sure your goals are written in the present tense (as if you have already accomplished them) and positive!

2. Be Unreasonable
You don't always have to have all the answers when you set a goal. Sometimes just putting it out there into the world that you want to accomplish it is enough to push the stars to start aligning for you. Don't get lost in the 'how' it will come to be. Keep in mind we should only be reaching 50% of your goals, if you are reaching more than that, perhaps it's time to raise the bar a little higher for yourself.

3. Share
It is important to share your goals with your nearest and dearest and the people who support you in your life. It also opens up so many roads and paths. Perhaps you share your goal of wanting to complete a marathon in the next year with your Mom, maybe this is on her bucket list too and you can do it together. Or perhaps you have always wanted to work in Africa and share this with a close friend, maybe that friend knows someone who works in Africa that is looking for workers. You never know what can become until you start enrolling others in what you want in your life. 

4. Balance 
Setting balanced goals will make for a balanced life. For example you don't want to end up with a killer career but lacking in the relationship department. If you want to live an amazing life all aspects of it need to be amazing, don't settle for mediocre! Look at all aspects of your life including your family, friends, career, health, personal and finances. If you are actively setting goals in all areas of your life and recognizing where you need that growth in each respective area you will be on the right track.

5. Re-evaluate
Not every goal is destined to be accomplished, but can you honestly say you gave it your best shot? When you get to that goal deadline ask yourself a few questions:

Was it SMART?

Did I enroll anyone else in my goal?
How important is accomplishing this goal to me?
What changes did I make in my life to achieve this goal?
What held me back/pushed me forward?

Keep re-evaluating and pushing yourself beyond what you think you can accomplish!

Share your goals with us in the comments below, we'd love to hear what you are setting out to accomplish!


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