Three Things I do to Keep Goals Long-Term

Author Headshot - Carmen
February 7, 2023

Most of us make goals in January. Forbes magazine wrote in an article earlier this year that 11% New Year’s Resolutions last less than a month!

Making goals and scheduling things for the year can be so much fun, but how long do we actually stick to the goal or resolution? How long is it bright and shiny? 

Something Reuben has told me over the last 5 years of marriage is that everything in life is a marathon, not a sprint. Small life changes over time are more important than setting massive unattainable goals each New Year. 

February is often where those New Year’s Resolutions we made in January are left to die. January was for the gym. February is for chocolate, candy hearts, and all of the feel good stuff. How about we change that this year? 

Let’s change our focus and our mindset. Instead of making crazy, unrealistic goals, make SMART goals. Make goals that truly benefit you and your family.

Three Things To Remember

Some things to keep in mind when making a goal you want to keep for a long time. 

What do I to give up?

Ask yourself what you need to give up in order to make your goals happen.

When adding something to your life another area will suffer. What is the thing you want to stop or get rid of to accomplish your goal? i.e. Goal: walk for 30 minutes morning and evening. Giveup: time spent on social media, playing phone games, or watching Netflix. 

Am I making SMART goals?

What is a SMART goal?

SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time Bound. This acronym helps me make sure the goals being made are not too out of touch with my personal life. 

Example of a SMART goal: By September 2023 I will be able to run 5 miles in one hour. This goal is specific, measurable, perfectly achievable with some effort on my end, relevant to getting in shape, and has a time-line. 

Listen to the wise words of Donald Miller

Donald Miller suggests naming your goal and answering why you want to achieve the goal. Ask yourself what happens if you don’t achieve your goal. Create milestones within the goal to celebrate. And lastly, find accountability partners to work with you on the goal. 

Hopefully, these little reminders will help you stick to your goals you made in January. Or maybe they will encourage you to revamp your goals and see what is keeping you from achieving them. 

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