My 3-Steps To Setting Goals That Are Sticky

by | Career Growth, Entrepreneurship, Personal Development

If you’re in the same mode that I am right now, you’re probably thinking about your goals for the new year.


But did you know that according to a Forbes Health / One Poll survey, only 8% of us tend to stick with our goals for one month, while 22% last two months, 22% last three months and 13% last four months…yada, yada, yada….Only 6% of us end up sticking with our goals beyond the year.


Wow! 😱 Those aren’t very good odds.


So in order to give us the best chance of creating goals that we can actually stick with, I’ve put together a 3-step process to align our goals with our core values.


Our lives are made of days. Days are made of moments. And in these moments, we are constantly making decisions.


The closer our momentary decisions align with the big-picture view of what’s most important to us, our core values, the more likely we are to accomplish our goals, and create the future we want for ourselves.


So here are 3-steps to align your goals with your core values:


1) Identify your core values. The quickest way to do this is to find an existing list of values and write down those that resonate most with you. From there, narrow your list down to your top 5 – 10 values.


Here is a link that includes a comprehensive list of 216 values, from four separate categories that you can choose from.


2) Set your goals. Write down specific, measurable goals that align with your core values. Next to each goal, write down which core value aligns with each goal.


For example, if your goal is to lose weight, the core value that may correspond with this goal may be “health & fitness”.


3) Make choices/actions based on your core values. Before making any decision, take a pause, and ask yourself if it aligns with your core values.


This step can also help you break bad habits that may tend to get in the way of achieving your goals.


For example, if your goal is to lose weight, before grabbing that cookie, ask yourself “is this decision I’m about to make aligned with my core values.”


Fun fact: by simply asking yourself this question, you disrupt old thinking patterns that can keep us stuck in old behaviors that are not aligned with the values we identify with, who we want to be, and how we really want to live.


I’ll be using this core values method of goal-setting for 2024. How about you? Will you join me?


Personally, I’ve got some bad habits that I want to change which include:


Drinking too much wine
👍  Goal is: Less wine  – Core value is: health & fitness


Wasted time on social media
👍 Goal is: Less time on social media – Core value is: Self-control


Applying step #3 as a daily, mindful practice is already helping me break some of these habits and better live into my core values, thus helping me achieve my goals.


Given the success I’m already seeing so far by using this method, I can’t wait to see what happens after I finish my list of goals for 2024!


If you decide to join me on this adventure, I hope you’ll stay in touch and let me know how it’s going for you.

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