Are you a mom who is looking to set goals that you can actually achieve? If so, you’re in the right place! The new year is a great time to make sure that your goals encompass all aspects of life—physical, spiritual, mental, social, and financial—so that you can achieve a truly holistic approach to goal setting. Let’s get started!
The first step in any successful goal-setting journey is to ensure that your goals are SMART. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. Without these five components working together in harmony, it’s unlikely that your goals will be effective or achievable. For example, if your goal is “I want to be healthier,” then it won’t be as effective as “I want to lose 10 lbs by March 1st by eating whole foods and exercising for 45 minutes four times per week.” See the difference? The second goal has all the components of a SMART goal and provides you with an action plan. It also has built-in accountability because you have an attainable timeline and measurable results.
Physical goals are often the most popular when it comes to goal setting because they are tangible and measurable (hello, SMART!), but they can also be difficult to stick with because they require dedication and hard work. Some physical goals may include running a 5K race or losing weight through diet or exercise. However, physical health doesn't just mean hitting the gym; it also includes eating the right foods and getting enough restful sleep every night so that you can take on each day with energy and enthusiasm. Additionally, physical health involves taking time for yourself – whether this means scheduling time for yoga or simply taking 20 minutes out of your day for a relaxing hot bath – so that you can recharge both mentally and physically.
Spiritual growth involves connecting with God and our own inner wisdom so we can manifest our greatest desires while staying true to ourselves along the way. Spiritual goals may look different from person to person; some may involve daily prayer and attending church regularly, while others may bring intentionality into their daily meditations or engage in mindful activities like journaling or creative arts projects. Whatever form these spiritual goals take on in your life should align with what brings peace and clarity into your everyday life.
Mental goals refer to activities that stimulate and challenge your mind. These could include learning a new language, getting back into painting or drawing after years away from practice, or playing chess with friends every Sunday afternoon. These could also include joining a book club or picking an area of focus to learn about for the year. Anything that keeps the mind active and engaged is a great way to stay sharp this year!
Achieving social success doesn’t necessarily mean having a big group of friends or being popular on social media (although both can certainly help). Instead, focus on setting yourself up for meaningful relationships with those who make you feel good about yourself and treat you with respect. This could include things like joining a local mommy meet-up, going to the gym, or taking a class at your local community center. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something that helps you form real connections and relationships with people who support and lift you up.
Financial goals include career goals as well as budgeting and saving. Including career and earning goals is important if you are working so you can stay at the top of your game and increase your wealth. Creating an emergency savings fund is a great way to ease stress when the unexpected happens. Other great goals could include paying off any high-interest debt or investing in retirement funds. Peace of mind comes with financial goals and planning.
No matter what type of holistic goals you set at the beginning of this new year—whether physical, spiritual, mental, social, or financial—remember that it's ok if things don't go according to plan sometimes (or even most of the time!). Life happens! Just stay focused on what matters most – being true to yourself – and make sure all other goals flow naturally from there! Good luck!
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