The new year often brings new goals, but if they’re not well thought out, you risk setting yourself up for failure. Here are four evidence-based factors for setting good goals.
1. Specific and challenging: Goals that are too vague are less likely to be meaningful. Give yourself something concrete to shoot for.
2. Not too easy, not too hard: If the target is too easy to hit, it won’t bring about much growth. But if it’s too hard, it will be tempting to give up.
3. Important and attainable: A goal has to be impactful for a person to want to strive for it. But there also has to be a clear path for getting there.
4. Process vs. outcome: Process-based goals (e.g., walk four times a week) are generally more effective than outcome-based goals (e.g, lower blood pressure) because outcomes are often affected by variables that are outside a person’s control.
Read the full FPM article: “Goal-Setting Theory for the New Year.”
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