Every year at this time I reflect on the goals I set the year before and begin to think about my goals for the coming year. I know I am not alone; just about every blog you read this time of year is filled with 2013 projections and goal-setting advice, including making your goals attainable (or easy to achieve). How’s that working for you so far? For me, not so much.
Perhaps doing the opposite will actually prove successful this year. I propose we set some goals that may not be so easy to achieve and some that won’t directly benefit us at all. Here are three not-so-easy goals to consider for the coming year.
- Tackle something you’ve been avoiding. Is there something you’ve been avoiding or struggling with that you’d finally like to cross off your list? Whether it’s opening a business, starting a blog, firing a client or losing 10 pounds, it’s time to make a plan and get it done. Give yourself a real deadline and enlist an outsider who will keep you on task and accountable. A monetary penalty may be what motivates you, but figure that out and go for it. It will feel so good to accomplish this and then you’ll have a great topic for a blog post. Win-win.
- Do something that is totally out of your comfort zone. This one is going to be tough but it will be so awesome when you do you it! What scares you most? Hate how you sound on video or afraid of public speaking? Stop worrying and just do it. Find a mentor who can help you practice until you get it right.
- Help someone else achieve a goal. Sounds good right? We all want to help others and it ultimately makes us feel good too. Be the impetus for someone else to set a goal or coach someone on his or her journey. I suggest saving this goal for last, as your reward for conquering Nos. 1 and 2.
What other not-so-easy or scary goals would you add to this list?