When I sat down to figure out my goals for the new year, I had a bit of a panic attack. Until then, I hadn't really thought about the fact that starting in June, my life is a pretty big mystery. There are lots of changes coming- I'll be done with school for good, I'll be married (!), I'll (hopefully) be working full time. With so many new experiences upcoming, how could I possibly set a goal for a life that might be entirely different in six months?
I decided to focus my concrete goals on the first half of the year, with my overarching goal being to worry less about the future and take each day and each new opportunity as it comes.
In the next few months, I will:
Complete the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler without walking (training plan coming soon!)
Practice yoga in a studio at least once a week and explore yoga work study programs in order to deepen my practice, get involved in a yoga community, and offset the cost of yoga a bit while I'm still a student
Enjoy my last semester as a student by choosing interesting project topics, creating and sticking to a work schedule, and reading thoroughly but strategically
In the long-term, I will:
develop my resume, thematic focus, and personal brand, and find a job
set short-term goals each month, reevaluating my current circumstances
pursue my creative passions when they strike
Perhaps these goals are a little less concrete than my 2012 goals, but I think part of setting good goals is to honestly recognize your current circumstances and ensuring that your goals are a good match for them. In essence, I think this year's situation helped me understand the necessity of realism in goal-setting.
What do you think is the most important component of successful goal setting? Aside from realism, I think having a plan of attack is crucial. You can't say "I will lose X pounds" without the operative word "by."