Your Goals for 2016

With the New Year just around the corner, who has their 2016 goals/resolutions set? I honestly have never been one to make resolutions or goals. But with a new job, comes a new outlook! And I am very excited with what 2016 is going to bring! Everyone in our office makes a list of goals, professional and personal; we write them down and post them somewhere where we can see them everyday.

The rare times I have attempted to make resolutions, I only lasted a few months. If I even lasted that long! And I’m sure I’m not the only one! After looking into the best ways of making goals and keeping them, I realized I didn’t know there’s a right way and a wrong way. I figured I wasn’t the only one going about them in the wrong way! So I have listed below some key points in goal setting from Michael Wyatt’s Beginner’s Guide to Goal Setting to help make following through a little easier!

  1. Keep them few in number. Productivity studies show that you really can’t focus on more than 5–7 items at any one time. Focus on a handful of goals that you can repeat almost from memory.
  2. Make them “smart.” This is an acronym, as you probably know and goals must meet five criteria. They must be:
    • Specific—your goals must identify exactly what you want to accomplish in as much specificity as you can muster.
    • Measurable—if possible, try to quantify the result. You want to know absolutely, positively whether or not you hit the goal.
    • Actionable—every goal should start with an action verb (e.g., “quit,” “run,” “finish,” “eliminate,” etc.) rather than a to-be verb (e.g., “am,” “be,” “have,” etc.).
    • Realistic—a good goal should take you just passed your comfort zone, but you have to add a dose of common sense.
    • Time-bound—every goal needs a date associated with it. A goal without a date is just a dream. Make sure that every goal ends with a by when
  3. Write them down. There is a huge power in writing your goals down even if you never develop an action plan or do anything else. When you write something down, you are stating your intention and setting things in motion.
  4. Review them frequently. While writing your goals down is a great exercise in itself, the real power is in reviewing them on a regular basis. This is what turns them into reality. You can review them daily, weekly, or monthly.

Hopefully this helps those of you wanting to make goals this coming year! And for others, why not give it a try! What do you have to lose? It’s a new year, there’s no better time to make positive changes!

Happy goal setting!

Dr. Jess

“Goals are dreams we covert to plans and take action to fulfill.” – Zig Ziglar


2Dr. Jessica Stensland is a busy family wellness Chiropractor in Urbandale, Iowa. She spends her weeks taking care of dozens of families.  Not only does Dr. Jessica specialize in pediatric and pregnancy chiropractic care, but she’s a board certified Acupuncturist.  Dr. Jessica believes that a healthier community means taking care of all ages.   She is a Minnesota native and enjoys seeing family and friends in her free time, in addition to staying active and reading the many books she has on her kindle.


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