Tip #1: Don’t just think about a list of goals. Think about the reasoning behind a specific goal. If you’re going to make them, make them for the right reasons. Making New Year’s Resolutions because it is the start of a new year probably isn’t good enough.
Tip #2: Choose goals that you are passionate about, not goals that you think will impress people. Goals that fit you and that are personal are more likely to “stick” over the months. Goals that set to impress other people tend to fade when the other people stop giving you attention for setting the goals in the first place.
Tip #3: Set goals based on an outcome you want. I eventually want a journal that is full of both the large and small events in my life and a journal that is written in regularly. So I set the goal to write in my journal 50 times over the course of the year, envisioning a journal that has weekly updates. When I don’t really feel like writing, I picture my children reading over my journal and being impressed that I wrote so consistently. It helps me stick to my goal.
Tip #4: Don’t be afraid to alter your goals if your vision expands or changes. If you get half way through the year and realize that you can improve on the goal you originally set, do it. Use your momentum to improve. But, if halfway through the year you feeling like lowering your expectation of your self, see Tip #3.
Tip #5: Go read this short post on Michael Hyatt’s Blog. It is one of the best posts about goal setting I’ve read in a long time.
My Public 2010 Goals:
- Write 50 journal entries over the course of 2010. Continue using Google Docs as my journal.
- Exersise 3x a week, at least 40 weeks this year. Use iFitness to keep track.
- Study landscape photography on the web, and produce ten images that aren’t portrait images in 2010.
- Dedicate a portion of BJM Photography earnings to a worthy local charity.
I have both Public Goals and Private Goals. If you want to know my Private Goals, you’ll have to find me, beat me up, and force me to tell you. Which I won’t. I can take a lot of abuse…
Posts are almost always better with an image. Here’s one I took at the Salt Lake LDS Temple during a wedding I shot a few months ago.