Set Real Goals, Take Real Action!


When thinking about your personal challenge consider the following planning questions:


1.  What would you love to accomplish or enhance in your life?


2. Does the goal match your values? Why is this important to you?  What would make it even more meaningful?  


3.  Imagine that you have already completed your Yodel challenge.   List the steps you took to get you there and the milestones you met.


4.  How might you commit to that?  


5.  How will you know that you are on track?  How would you know that you met your challenge?


6.  How will you celebrate?


When reflecting on your responses to the above planning questions make sure your answers are:


1.  Stated in the Positive:  Focus on the solution not the problem.  Think about what you want, not what you don't want.  i.e. "I want to be a long distance runner"  rather than  "I don't want to be dull and boring".


2.  Within span of control:  Within your control and maintained by self and not relying on changing others to reach your goal.  For example,  "My Yodel challenge is to get my husband to put the toilet seat down" -  is not within your power of control.


3.  Set Yourself up for Success.  Create S.M.A.R.T. goals that are:   Specific - state exactly what you want and why you want it;  Measurable - How will you demonstrate that you have met your goal; Achievable - choose a goal that is challenging and you have the ability to meet; Relevant - How does it tie into the rest of your life? Timed - promotes urgency but is also doable.  Set a timeline that is shorter.  Less than 3 month goals can help keep you motivated and focused.


4.  Ecological:  How does it fit the rest of your life? Who else is affected and how might they be impacted?  What will you have to give up to achieve your challenge?  What do you think might happen when you complete your challenge?