The Winter Solstice instantly occurred somewhere between December 21 and December 22 of 2013 and according to my calculations and my location in the northern hemisphere, today as I write this post (12-24-13), will be 12 seconds longer than yesterday! Simply put: It means that while the northern hemisphere is enjoying winter, the southern hemisphere is enjoying summer. As the year moves on, each day gets longer and longer for the next 6 months.
I find this a perfect time to establish your next year’s goals. As I have always said – you must have goals. Goals can be defined as “Dreams with Deadlines.” This is where I believe that most people falter in the art of goal setting – by not setting a deadline. And, I feel that the second biggest reason for falling short on successful goal setting and this is a big problem for me; is “Procrastination” – along with starting on too many projects at one time. (I blame this on the Winter Solstice!!)
Well, if each day gets longer and longer – in my mind, I should be able to accomplish more and more each day – Right? For me, this mental glitch tends to throw my goal strategies into a major tail-spin and I take on so much more that I begin to loose site of the importance of the goal’s “Strategic Plan of Action.” This then causes (for me, anyways) a great need to begin to procrastinate by saying…”I’ll start that tomorrow.”
But then, tomorrow arrives and the cycle starts over again and soon, one becomes totally frustrated and thus many of the hundreds of goals that I had good intentions for – dry up and blow away.
So…for 2014, this is what I plan to do. When I decide to set a goal, it must be a goal that will be life changing for me in one way or another. Once I jot down the goal, step 2 will be to immediately establish a “Date of Accomplishment” – (DOA). I thought DOA was a pretty good acronym just because if you don’t establish a Plan of Action with a specific Date of Accomplishment, that goal will be “Dead on Arrival!”
Secondly, by setting a DOA, it will hopefully help me to limit my number of goals per year from 10,000+ down to a more reasonable amount! It will take a sufficient amount of time to lay out your Plan of Action and lock yourself into a target date for each goal that you want to accomplish. So, by making this process mandatory, you will be more likely to successfully accomplish a greater percentage of your goals.
We are just scratching the surface on goal setting so be watching for my up-coming posts. Also, and very important to me, I would love to hear from you on goal setting and get your point of view. Ask yourself this: How important is proper goal setting to a healthier lifestyle and your over-all health condition?
Let me know your thoughts on this.