A follow-up to the previous blog...

Got goals for the new year?  Last year, I had some goals I have set and I have to admit that it feels good to have met all of them, including meeting some other positives along the way.  I finished a 200+ mile bike ride and my first 10K.  And as I prepared for those major endeavors, I also set some sub-goals along the way--all of which I'm happy to say really worked.

Goal-setting is all about achieving what you set out to do.  From a psychological perspective, it makes it much easier when you get on a roll or a momentum and you attain milestones or (sub-goals) along the way.  It's like picking apples from a tree--we usually start with the low-hanging ones and work our way up to the last and most difficult ones.  Reap that small reward right away and then keep going.  Setting goals that are realistic and possible to achieve really helps.  That usually requires us to get to know our own limitations and then push ourselves out enough but not too much that we might set ourselves up for failure.  No one likes to fail; it's very discouraging.  And so  as we know from the field of positive psychology, we like success.  We celebrate it and most of all, it motivates us to keep going and tackling the next challenge.  We also know from our current cultural environment that we like things fast and right away.  Things usually have expiration dates and so do goals.  Goals that are too long just seem so far away.  In new year resolutions, these goals are often meant for the next 365 days.  It's a long haul and the finish line is so far away.  We need to take it one step at a time, set some milestone markers to help with tracking progress, and set some sub-goals along the way to keep us motivated.