Goals all Year Round

We are almost three quarters of the way done with 2023, let that sink in for a few minutes because honestly we are just about getting used to putting the year correctly on forms! As the year winds down every year, the hot topic is making or setting goals. We eagerly jot down a list of ambitious resolutions that often fizzle a month in, but it’s a time honored tradition that provides a sense of optimism and renewal. While the intention is undoubtedly positive, the concept of limiting goal setting to a single period in the year is really counterproductive.

Let’s explore why setting goals should not be confined to the start of the New Year and explore the benefits of treating goal setting as a continuous, year round process.

1. Progress is an Ongoing Process
Life is dynamic and our goals should reflect that. Our desires, interests, and circumstances change regularly and our goals should evolve to reflect this. By setting and adjusting our goals throughout the year, they’re more likely to stay aligned with our values, ambitions, and life situations and our ability to achieve these goals are enhanced.

2. Promotes Consistent Growth and Improvement
The process of setting goals encourages self-reflection, an essential ingredient for personal growth and development. When we confine setting goals to the New Year, we might miss out on regular opportunities for self improvement. By setting goals year round, we continually evaluate and adjust, allowing ourselves the space and time to grow and improve.

3. Enhances Flexibility and Adaptability
A rigid, once a year goal setting routine can limit our ability to adapt to change and unexpected circumstances. When we adopt a more flexible approach we can better adjust our goals as our needs and situations change. This allows us to stay relevant, be more resilient and overall, more likely to succeed.

4. Mitigates the 'All-or-Nothing' Mindset
Setting goals once a year can lead to an 'all or nothing' mentality. If we falter or face setbacks early in the year, it's tempting to abandon our goals and wait until the next year to start afresh. By continually setting and adjusting goals throughout the year, we cultivate a mindset that accepts failures and setbacks as part of the process, encouraging us to keep striving for progress.

5. Distributes Pressure and Enhances Focus
The New Year often brings with it a surge of pressure to instantly implement and achieve our resolutions. This can lead to stress and burnout, something most of us are trying to actively avoid! Our ability to achieve our goals instantly crashes because our mindset is one of intense loathing toward them. Setting goals year round allows for a more distributed and manageable process. This new, year round, approach lets us focus on one goal at a time, enhancing our chances of success.

6. Encourages Short Term Goals and Quick Wins
Annual goals often lean towards being long term and sometimes overwhelming. However, research has shown that setting smaller, short term goals can be more effective, as they provide quicker wins and continual motivation. By setting goals throughout the year, we can break down larger objectives into more manageable parts, fostering a sense of achievement and maintaining our motivation.

While New Year's resolutions are a wonderful tradition that can provide a sense of hope and rejuvenation, it's essential to understand that goal setting is not a one time event, but a continuous process. When we set goals regularly, we open ourselves to continuous growth, adaptability and a greater likelihood of success. Challenge the norm and embrace the power of setting and pursuing goals all year round.

Wishing you all the best,
Team SG

Food for thought:
What is a goal you would like to set?
What is keeping you from setting it and following through?
What is one goal you set and accomplished that you are most proud of?
What is one goal that is continually elusive?

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