Dice that read "GOALS" on wooden table with text overlay: WW Question: Goals for This Year

WW Question: Goals for This Year

Happy Wednesday everyone! Can you believe it’s the last one of the year? For this, our last Wellness Wednesday of the year, I thought we’d talk a little about how we can set goals to help us get where we want to be with our wellness this coming year.

On Monday, we talked about how to set goals that will actually help us be successful. Rather than making those New Year’s Resolutions that we never seem to stick with, we can actually draw ourselves a roadmap to follow. Having a specific plan to follow can help us move forward with our wellness and get us on the road to where we want to be.

This week, let’s ask ourselves:

Teal background with white conversation bubble that reads "Am I where I want to be with my wellness? If not, what would I need to do to get there? Do I need to set some S.M.A.R.T. goals for this year?

I usually set goals for several areas each year. Even if, for some reason, I don’t reach those Outcome Goals we talked about on Monday, by following my plan I know I’m at least moving closer to that outcome. As I’ve said many times, we have to remember that we’re aiming for progress, not perfection.

When we’re setting goals, it’s helpful to start with the end in mind. What do we want the end result to be? (For example, pay off a car, lose 10 pounds, improve blood glucose levels to within normal range, etc.) These are our overarching goals; those outcomes we want to achieve.

Next, we need to take a look at what it’s going to take to get there; not just in general, but the specific steps we need to take to do it. These will become the behavioral (or process) goals we set for ourselves. They’ll be the things we do each day to move us toward our overall goal.

Remember – these don’t have to be some huge goals. It’s really more useful to set small goals that are fairly easily to achieve initially. That lets us have some successes early on and give us incentive to stick with them.

Do you want a little help getting your goals into writing? You can download a Goal Planner worksheet to walk you through the process. Just fill out the form below and I’ll send you a worksheet you can use to get started.

Having solid, well-thought-out goals can give us the roadmap we need to move us toward our desired outcomes and help us develop those healthy behaviors that keep us moving forward.

Do you find having an actual process for setting goals helpful when it comes to your wellness? What has been the most (or least) helpful? Please share!!

I hope each of you have a wonderful new year!



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    1. Thanks for your comment Don! I still use a paper planner and I keep my goal worksheets in there so that I see them at least once a month. Having them so visible ensures I pay attention to what I want to be doing. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2021!

  1. I loved this post Terri. What’s ironic is that every year, I usually make a list of things that I want to achieve within the new year. Whether it be career oriented, health based or relationship wise…I make a list that I want to achieve as a way of bettering myself. I hope you and your family have a Happy New Year…and here’s to a better 2021!!!

    1. Thank you so much Mark! For many years now I’ve used the last day of the year to take stock of how I’ve done with my goals and set my goals for the year ahead. It helps me to focus in on what I really want and draw my ‘roadmap’ to move me toward those things. Wishing you and your family a new year of health and happiness, my friend. Happy New Year!

  2. I’ve bought myself a planner for the first time in years, and I think it will be really important in 2021 to be able to reflect consciously on what we are doing to nurture our wellbeing.
    With that in mind my goals will be pretty simple: do something each day that I enjoy; do something that helps my family; keep in touch with family overseas; stretch my body and relax my mind every day; celebrate the little wins. Best wishes for 2021

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Captain! I’ve made my own planner that I keep in an ARC notebook from Staples. I have the punch for the pages that go in the ARC so I’m able to make my pages and put them in there, so I printed out my goal planner pages and put them right up front where I’ll see my goals often. That helps me stay on track. It sounds like you’ve got some great things to look forward to doing in 2021. Wishing you and yours all the best for this upcoming year. Happy New Year!

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