Why setting goals will help you get the best out of life.
When the clock strikes midnight and welcomes in a new year, millions of Australians make promises to themselves in the hopes of improving their health, wealth and wellbeing. While you might not have made any resolutions yet this year, research has shown that goal setting can have a tremendous impact on quality of life, especially in the retirement years.
Retirement is so much more than a lifestyle you just fall into; it’s one you can design to be exactly what you desire. There’s absolutely no need to spend your golden years in the slow lane. Setting regular goals is a key component to crafting the life you want, and living it for as long as you can.
Goal setting helps you to focus on a deeper level of fulfilment. These don’t have to be lofty and ambitious. In fact, you’re more likely to achieve your goals if they are broken down into daily tasks which give your day a sense of purpose.
It could be as simple as aiming to finish a certain number of chapters of a book or to share a funny story with a loved one or neighbour. Goals such as these have benefits far beyond just giving you focus – they fulfil our emotional needs.
Although the early months of the year may inspire an energetic, gung-ho attitude when it comes to your goals, it’s only natural for the motivation to start waning as winter rolls around. Don’t fret if you fall off the wagon for a little while. One of the key tricks to maintaining your goals long-term is not to throw in the towel at the first sign of trouble. Be kind on yourself and rethink your motivation tools.
Leaving yourself reminders around the house will make it easier. Pop your book on your bedside table, leave a note on the fridge or place your sneakers by the door. These simple tricks will make it much easier to transform your goals into habits.
Setting goals in conjunction with others can also help keep you on track. Signing up for a social club or scheduling a regular swim with a friend is guaranteed to make it easier to keep your goals in the forefront of your mind.
Whether it’s learning a new skill, acquiring new knowledge, teaching others or seeing new parts of the world – there’s a million and one ways to get the most out of ever day this year and for all the years to come.