5 Top Tips To Spring Clean Your Goals

by | Mar 31, 2022 | General, Goal Setting

As Easter approaches, it is time to reflect on the goals you had set at the start of the year and monitor your progress.

Here we are at last.  Released from the dull, dark months of Winter into the crisp, clear days of Spring.  It’s a time when everything feels that bit brighter and we start to look forward. It’s a time for renewal and reflecting on your goals.

So whilst you’re running the feather duster over the bookshelves, how about Spring-cleaning your goals?  Here are five ideas to help you refresh.

  • Make sure your goals are positive and specific. It may be tempting to think of things that you’d like to stop doing however we’re much more likely to achieve a goal if it helps define where we are heading rather than where we are leaving. For instance, setting yourself a goal to cut down on eating takeaways is harder to achieve than the goal of allowing yourself one takeaway as a treat each month.

  • Check that they inspire you. If a goal doesn’t make you want to get started straight away, ditch it. Goals should create a sense of energy, fun and accomplishment.  If you don’t feel inspired, you won’t work towards it.  Be honest with yourself and take stock.  What do you really want to achieve?

  • Look for balance in your goals. Take a holistic approach and set goals that touch all elements of your life:  career, health, finance, family, personal growth, etc.  Think about what matters to you and a suite of goals that will enhance your life in different ways.  As the saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.  Having a range of goals ensures you don’t neglect what matters to you and is more likely to generate a sense of well-being.

  • Sharing is caring. If your goals benefit others as well as yourself, you can feel the satisfaction of helping your family, friends or community at the same time as you personally gain.  For example, if your goal is to run a 5k to improve your physical fitness, find a way to use it to raise money for a charity. You’re more likely to keep to your plan when you know others are depending on you.

  • Plan your reward for achieving goals. The journey towards reaching a goal can be a boost in itself but don’t forget to give yourself a marker for your triumphs.  Whether you print a home-made certificate, crack open a bottle of something fizzy or give yourself an extra hour in bed, you should recognise your success and take time to be proud.
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