Monday, January 10, 2011

Motivation Monday: The Importance of Goals

Lots of things are written about New Year's Resolutions this time of year from questions about what yours are this year, to tips on how to keep them, even how they are cliche or uninteresting.

Too lofty of goals made after overindulging all December can be a recipe for failure but I think making resolutions (or goals or however your prefer to phrase it) can be a fabulous gateway to self improvement.

If you have many things you want to change, write them down. Be specific about each goal. Tackle just one or two at a time and work on it until you've succeeded. Make your goals quantifiable. Rather than "I need to exercise" or "I need to save money," narrow said resolution down to a small, achievable goal. "I will walk 1 mile on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday this week," or "I will save $50 this month."

Then map out exactly how you will achieve your goal...

Get your walking shoes out, your iPod charged and map a one mile route near where you live and then get moving. At the end of the week you will have walked 3 miles. Goal achieved! Move on to your fitness plan for the next week.

Figure out how much money you're able to trim from your budget each week and set up an automatic savings plan. At the end of the month you'll be able to see just how much you've saved.

Every time I threw something away I would say to myself, "We really need to be recycling." Then one day I asked myself, "Well, whadda ya gonna do about it?" I got on the phone and found a company that does both household trash pick up and curbside recycling, booked them and called and canceled our existing service. I chose a goal, made a plan and made it happen.

I'm looking forward to achieving the goals that I have laid out for myself this year, as well as making smaller, short term goals on a weekly or monthly basis. Resolutions don't need to be specific to just this time of year. In fact, making daily, weekly and/or monthly goals can be a great motivational tool. So no matter how you phrase it, making and achieving goals is a wonderful way to improve self-esteem. Choose a goal, make a plan and make it happen!


  1. I have a weekly weightloss goal that I am trying to meet each week. It took me a long time to realize it wasnt all going to happen at once and that if I wanted to lose weight for good, it had to come off little by little, the correct way. Now, I am eating healthier, I feel better and each week I seem to be meeting my goals. Writing them down and showing my friends really keeps me in check!

  2. I am so excited to find your blog and your recipe index! I definitely need to mix it up a little in the kitchen. Look forward to trying a few!

  3. I'm a bit late, but still need to makes a goal (or ten) for this year. I still feel like I'm drowning from 2010! More than a week in, ach! Where does the time go. Thanks for the inspiration to get on track!

    Love the overnight oats too, I had been thinking about doing that with steel cut oats!

  4. @Kate~ Good for you! Little by little is a great way to go and the feeling healthy and strong is the best reward.

    @Crys~ Welcome! Please let me know how the recipes turn out.

    @Alisa~ It's never to late to set a goal, guilt is not allowed!