Setting goals is the most important way for me to determine my success. Teaching my students how to set goals is an important part of my job. Helping them learn what they want and how to go get it is far more beneficial than teaching them linear equations and sonnets.
When setting goals I like to look long term and break it into smaller groups. For example, if I want to lose 20 pounds in 6 months, I will break that into 3.5 pounds per week and then set goals to reach the mini goal. For example, hitting 10k steps per day, following my Tone It Up meal plan, and working out 5-6 days per week. Goals being set should follow the SMART goal method: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
For example: Lose 10 pounds by September 23.
This is specific because I know what I want to accomplish and have a time frame to achieve it in. It is measurable because I know the necessary progress and target date to reach my goal. It is attainable because it is important to me and I have the necessary skills and attitude to reach it. It is realistic because that calls for me to lose about 1.5 pounds per week...totally doable. It is timely because I know when I want to lose the weight by and it is not too far off to lose sight.
What are your current goals? What are you doing to reach them?