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How To Set Realistic Goals

Life · June 19, 2019

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If you’ve been reading here for a while you may notice that I post a list of monthly goals each month. The next month on my monthly goals post I recap the month before. I also do a yearly goals post at the beginning of each year. One reason I do this is to be held accountable. Another reason is because I think it’s important to have goals to strive towards. No matter how big or small, goals are important. One question I get asked a lot is how do I mostly accomplish them all. The key is to set realistic goals. Today I am sharing how to set realistic goals and why.

How To Set Realistic Goals

Know what you want to accomplish: For yearly goals I tend to have an idea of bigger things I want to accomplish. For example maybe I want to read 60 books, well that can easily be divided into 12 months and I can make realistic monthly goals to achieve that bigger yearly goal. Or maybe I want to declutter our entire house so I set aside one room, or area in the house each month over the course of the year. Or if I want to knock 30 things off of my 101 in 1001 list I can have a few a month.

Know the steps to get there: As I mentioned above if I have a bigger yearly goal I can take steps to get to those. For goals I have during the month for example getting the next months blog posts scheduled I know that means I need to sit down and write a little bit each day. Having that mindset at the beginning of each month really helps me structure my weeks.

Set baby steps: If you know how to get there as I mentioned above then the baby steps part is easy. Know that you need to divide longer yearly goals into months, then those into weeks, and maybe even daily to do lists goals. If I want to work out 6 days a week all month then that breaks down into each week and even each day. If I want to read a certain amount of books, or walk a certain amount of miles, again you can break that down into smaller baby step goals.

Build up to it: This goes hand in hand with everything said above you have to build up to these things. When you set out to set realistic goals you have to have a plan. You can’t just decide after never working out I am going to run a marathon next month. No you maybe run a 5K, then a 10K, then a half marathon, and so forth. I have lots of friends who have done this.

Hold yourself accountable: At the end of the day you have to hold yourself accountable which is why I write my goals publicly on my blog to begin with. I am not worried someone is going to judge me for no completing a goal, but it’s a good way to hold myself accountable.

I hope you found this post about how to set realistic goals helpful! I am a big fan of monthly, yearly, and even sometimes daily and weekly goals. I think they always help us long term to reach our ultimate goals.

Are you a goal setter?

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  • 16 thoughts on “How To Set Realistic Goals

    1. Niomi Stellar Wellness

      This is so true! I work with women as a relationship coach and setting a goal, writing it down is such an effective step to actually then realising how you can get from here to there. Thanks for this great post! Love coffee too. πŸ™‚

    2. Joline

      I’m most definitely a goal setter. And it’s really important to celebrate the little victories as much as the big ones.

    3. Stephanie

      I love setting goals and also try to make them realistic. I find baby steps work, as well as writing out what it will take to achieve the goal. My goals are usually ones that are a bit of a stretch so it isn’t just a to-do list, but also something I can get done if I set my mind to it.

    4. Bree

      I try to set realistic goals! I think build up is important. Baby steps if you will. You have great advice here!

    5. Chad

      Yes i can’t agree more with you! It is not just about setting goals, the goals will need to be actionable and realistic. Great post.

    6. Karen Monica

      I love setting goals and I feel so motivated satisfied when I get to accomplish those goals. I always set both long and short term goals and I reward myself whenever I get to achieve that goal.

    7. Courtney

      Ooooo great advice!!!!! I’m al about setting goals! Setting realistic goals is important if you actually want to accomplish things

    8. Christa

      Yes! I think it’s so important to set reasonable goals and take the steps to get there. Realistic goals are more attainable.

    9. Rosey

      Holding yourself accountable really does matter. I heard someone say if you don’t write a goal down, it’s just a wish. I always write mine down now. It helps.

    10. seema goyal

      I like setting goals and also try to make them realistic. It is not just about setting goals, the setting goals for our that is achievable are important. I always set my goals. Thank you for sharing with us.

    11. Kayleigh Rose McManus

      I’m 100% a goal setter. Having goals makes me motivated- they’re so important for me to succeed! Sometimes I need to make my goals more time-realistic so I’m not setting myself up to fail & feel rubbish afterwards!

    12. Holly

      Having goals that are attainable is definitely an important step to being productive. It’s important not to set goals that are too high!


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