How to Choose a Goal That Makes Sense

In our last post, we laid out an action plan for setting realistic and measurable goals in 2019 based on your personal aspirations and what you want to accomplish. But what if you don’t even know where to begin? It’s hard to create a framework if you have no idea what’s possible or what makes sense based on your lifestyle. Today, we’re going in to detail on how to choose a goal that will serve you well.

Find Your Purpose

The first step to figuring out how you want to improve is to first find your purpose. Your life’s purpose is a major factor in the “why” behind any goal or intention, but have you ever taken the time to think about exactly what it is? If you aren’t familiar with the work of Victor Strecher, I would highly recommend checking out his TED Talk (and if you want even more, I would also recommend his book on this subject - Life on Purpose). It’s fascinating to learn more about the research on how much having a purpose influences our health and longevity. Here are some questions you might consider in determining yours:

  • What do you love?

  • What comes easy to you?

  • What do you love sharing with others?

  • How do you want to impact those around you?

  • What brings you joy?

  • How do you describe yourself to others?

Consider the Dimensions of Wellness

While most of us probably think our health primarily depends on the physical component (like fitness and nutrition), there are in fact several “dimensions” that ultimately determine our total state of wellbeing. You can find many similar images online (each with a slightly different take on the dimensions) but the general gist is that if you thoughtfully foster each piece of the puzzle, your life will be more well-rounded and meaningful.

Consider the Dimensions of Wellness when creating goals

Using the graphic above, consider each aspect of your life along with where you might want to focus energy and improve over the next year.

See this site for a more detailed description of what each dimension specifically entails.

Create a Personal Vision

Once you have an idea of what area of life you want to focus on, now’s the time to think big. Think about what you want life to look like 3, 6, 12 months from now. Brands create vision statements so they have something to reference when making difficult decisions and guess what? This strategy works well for individuals too. This article outlines some fantastic questions to ask yourself when crafting your own, along with some elements that make up a quality vision.

Write down your vision on the goal planning template we shared in our previous post so you have something to reference when things get challenging. From here, you can start creating specific goals that help you get to where you want to be!

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