A New Year. A New Day. A New You.

“This year I’m really going to change my _______.”

Many people begin the New Year with lofty aspirations of personal improvement and change only to have reality set in when the work starts.

Many people set goals that aren’t in alignment with their personality or they perceive the goal as “the greatest thing ever.” That is until the reality of what it takes to achieve sinks in and they recognize that goals don’t work unless they do.

In order to determine if a goal aligns with your life path, ask yourself a few questions:

1. Why do you want to achieve this goal?
2. What will be the positive outcomes of achieving it?
3. What will be the negative outcomes of achieving it?
4. What will be the easy parts of pursuing this goal?
5. What will be the challenges of pursuing this goal?
6. Do the perceived challenges deter you from taking action?
7. Is this goal truly something that motivates you?
8. How will this goal benefit you?
9. What is your starting point right now?
10. What resources do you need to start moving forward?
11. What are all the steps required to achieve your goal?
12. What does achieving the goal look like to you?
13. When you want to achieve this goal – day, month, year?
14. Do you still want to achieve this goal?

This exercise can help bring things into focus. By outlining your goals, step by step, you are creating a plan of attack. This outline gives you a starting point to begin taking action. And for many, getting started is the hardest part.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the magnitude and multitude of your decisions. Remember, all we can do is the best we can each and every day. And every day is an opportunity to improve.