Making Goals

Jennifer Bonn
Jen Bonn

The beginning of a new year is always a great time to make new goals. Making new goals gives you a chance to reflect on your life, what is working, and what you can improve. Divide your goals into categories, make them achievable, and revisit them regularly to see what progress you made, and what changes you would like to make to your goals. Here are some ideas for categories.


This can include goals about health including a fitness routine, more sleep, rest, and nutrition. It can also include going for regular check-ups.


Goals for this category can include stress reduction, mental stimulation, increasing your self-confidence, and simplifying your life.


If you are a believer, your spiritual goals can be strengthening your relationship with God. If you are a non-believer your spiritual goals can include being more present in the moment and being more in touch with nature.


Goals can include how to treat others as well as how you want to be treated.

Goals must be action statements because you are going to take action to improve your life. There must be a verb in each one. An example would be I will walk a mile at least three times a week, I will learn a new instrument, or I will take cooking lessons.

One of the best ideas I have heard was to keep a goal journal. You write down all your goals in the journal and then pick a period of time to reread the goals. Let’s say you decide to look at them every month. You will mark each goal with a green highlighter if you have completed it and a yellow one if you are still working on it.

Document your goal journey. What helped you to accomplish a goal, what challenges did you have? What do you need to do to accomplish certain goals? Write down your progress so you can look back at them when all of them have been completed.

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t meet all your goals. Keep trying and believe you will eventually find success.

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I am passionate about running, parenting, education, and self-help information. I enjoy writing articles that will offer readers the information needed to help them in some way. I recently retired from teaching French and Spanish for forty years. I run every day and have done all kinds of races from 5ks to ultra-marathons. I have three children and three grandchildren. I write for several magazines in my area, I am a contributor and in charge of the Pinterest board for a parenting magazine called Screamin Mamas, and I have a second book about to be released through Loving, Healing Press called 101 Tips to Ease Your Burdens.

Kennesaw, GA

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