By: Lisa Solomon
A new year begins and we all feel the pressure to set our goals. It’s overwhelming to plan an entire year’s worth of action to hit your goal. However, if you break it all down and plot out your course of action in smaller increments, your goals will be more achievable.
Why 60 Days? It takes 60 days to form a new habit. Often to hit our goals we need to make new routines and habits. It is much easier to commit to something for 60 days than for a whole year.
After 60 days, be sure to reflect, adjust, and see what worked and what did not. Align your commitment against the goal. Ask yourself is this something you want to achieve and are you willing to accept the sacrifices it takes to reach an important goal? If you set a goal to lose 10 pounds in 60 days, are you willing to put in the effort to hit that goal? It often means sacrifice and creating new habits that allow you to achieve your goals. Unless you are willing to put in the work and sometimes the pain of change to make it happen, it is not a goal but merely a wish.
As you look to 2020, here are some questions to help you set goals and action plans to achieve them:
1) What do you want to do in the next 60 days?
2) Why do you want this to be your goal? How will it improve your life?
3) What changes do you need to make to achieve this goal happen?
4) What tools do you need to reach these goals?
5) What actions can I take over the next 60 days to reach the goal?
6) How can I measure success?
7) How can I stay motivated?
Write these questions down, track them, and review. Life gets complicated and it’s okay to make adjustments. When the going gets tough, we often fall back on what is easiest and put our goals to the wayside. Don’t give up on yourself and trust in the magic of 60 days!