Oh, what a year 2022 has been! I don’t know about you but, for me, it felt like I just welcomed 2022 two months ago, and now I have to bid it goodbye. It’s bittersweet if you ask me. And I haven’t even finished my 2022 goals yet! How time flies, right? But, we’re not here to talk about all that.
Reminiscing is good but not too much that you begin to lose what’s in the future. Trust me. It’s a hard-learned lesson. But, enough about that. Tell me, did you reach the goals you set for 2022? Did you even come halfway? If you ask me, I didn’t even come halfway. And if I’m honest, it’s not like I didn’t want to achieve the goals I set for myself, it’s more that I didn’t keep reminders.
Sometimes, we do OK when it comes to achieving our goals while other times, we need some tough love to get us through that. However, there comes a time when you just need a reminder to keep going.
Whether you’re making new goals for the coming year or if you already have some great (and I hope, fascinating) ideas for 2023, here are some soft reminders for goal setting that you can do well with.
Even if you just need a reminder – irrespective of your motivation or intention – you can come back to this list for gentle reminders.
15 Gentle Reminders For Goal Setting 1. It’s OK If Your Goals Or Plans Change
There’s no guarantee that your goals will remain the same throughout the year. Goals are funny like that. They tend to change as we encounter different situations and since goals can’t stay the same for the whole year, who’s to say that their plans would stay the same too? If you see your goals and plans changing, then instead of feeling discouraged, tell yourself that it’s OK. It’s time to set new goals.
2. Focus On Your Habits
Instead of immediately focusing on bigger goals, try to focus on your habits. It’s simple too! All you need to do is to check in with the habits you engage in daily and make changes that align with your goals. Once your focus is on your habits, it’ll allow you to focus on your long-term goals easily. Remember, one step at a time.
Also Read: 9 Daily Habits You Should Adopt To Make Better Decisions In Life
3. It’s Not A Competition
Remember, goal setting and achieving them is not a competition. There’s no race or prize to be won at the end. Work as hard as your capabilities allow and set your pace accordingly. The only person who can beat you is yourself, and even when competing with yourself, recognize that even you are changing and so are your capabilities.
4. Never Stop Dreaming
Often, when we see losing our grip on our goals or when we feel like we’re not even halfway close to achieving our goals, nothing sounds better than giving up. What we don’t realize is that when we think about giving up, we stop dreaming too. Just because it hasn’t happened yet does not mean it will never happen. And it won’t if you stop dreaming, so never stop dreaming.
5. Don’t Listen To Others Too Much
No one cares about your goals more than you, so if others keep interrupting with their opinions, remind yourself that it’s not their opinion that matters. Avoid listening to others too much. Listen, but don’t take more than you need. At the end of the day, they are not the ones who care about your goals, you do.
6. You’re Not Doing It Wrong
When nothing seems to go our way, it’s easier to think that we’re doing it wrong. But you’re not! No manual says how to live your life, so any or all mistakes you make are not wrong, per se, are they? Every mistake you make teaches you something. So even if you make a different decision, don’t think it’s the wrong decision.
7. Ask For Help, If You Need It
It’s OK to ask for help when you need it. I mean, when professional players can have coaches to guide them through a game, why can’t we when we stumble on a step? You don’t need to do it all on your own. Identify the need of seeking outside help when needed. Asking for help does not make you a failure, it only makes you work harder and prioritize your time.
8. Check-In With Your Goals
After you’ve set a goal, remember to check in with them and see if they’re still the ones for you. Don’t forget about your goals, it’s not the right way to goal setting. Make sure you check in with your goals weekly or monthly – whatever suits you. You don’t need to track your progress yet but you also need to make sure that your goals are still aligned with your values.
9. You Define Your Success
It can be hard to not depend on others to define your success. That’s how we’re raised after all, in the shadow of society’s expectations. But they are not the ones who will define your success. Only you get to define your goals and your success.
10. Plan Ahead For Whenever You Can
I know, given how turbulent these years are, it can be hard to plan anything. But, let me tell you one thing; planning can save you a lot of anxiety and stress. It’s a good reminder of goal setting you can keep when setting goals for 2023. Plan and make sure that achieving your little goals is easy as you can make them.
11. Take Your Goals To Be Fun
Goals are personal so they should feel as fun as they can feel challenging. And don’t forget realistic! When you’re setting goals, make sure you make them fun and challenging while keeping them realistic. If you start with confidence, you’ll be more likely to achieve your goals on time.
12. Good People Inspire, Keep Them Around
Positivity attracts positivity and this holds when it comes to people too. The people we choose to surround ourselves with can influence the decisions we make and the goals we set – even the progress. So, make sure you keep good people around to keep you motivated. They are the ones who matter in the long run.
Also Read: Stay Away from These Types of Toxic People
13. Align Your Goals With Your Values
Never set goals that do not align with your values. Make sure you align your goals with your values, otherwise what is the outcome of setting a goal if it doesn’t serve a purpose? Set a goal that means something to you.
14. Take Small And Measured Steps
Small and measured steps will always allow you to move forward. Even if you move slower than expected, it’s OK. No one’s judging you. Just keep moving forward with small steps. Eventually, you’ll reach your goals.
15. Lastly, You Can Do It!
Now, the most important reminder for goal setting that you need to keep in mind is that – you can do it. When you believe that you can achieve your goals, then you can. It’s easier to lose faith and harder to keep believing in yourself, but that’s what you need to do. Look beyond what’s in front of you and believe that you can make your dreams come true.
Remember; “You have so many people to prove wrong.” so keep going, until you achieve your dreams.
So, what are you waiting for? Add these reminders for goal setting to your 2023 planner and get started on those goals. If you need help tracking your progress, you can always download a personal goal-tracking app to help you.
If you’re still struggling with achieving your goals, you can always reach out to a life coach or a counselor. They can help you address what’s holding you back and how you can break the hold.
I hope these gentle reminders for goal setting will help you set realistic (and fun!) goals for 2023 and welcome the new year with confidence!
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Take Care! And Happy 2023!
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