How to set goals in uncertain times

Goal setting and a new year go hand in hand, but in the current climate it may feel like an impossible task. Here are some tips to get you started.

Written by Editor Medibank
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A new year is synonymous with goal setting and making resolutions. However, goal setting in the current climate is a pretty daunting prospect. With COVID-19 making it hard to know what next week might look like, planning ahead for a whole year seems almost impossible. Here are some tips to get you started:

Ladder up

At the beginning of a year it can be tempting to set big goals that you might spend the entire year working towards. But when things feel uncertain you might find more success in setting short term goals that will move you closer to your big goals in the long run. For example, if your big goal was to set up your own business, but you’re not sure if now is the right time you could start by setting a goal to take an online course in the industry or to engage with a mentor and then build on these goals month by month. Slow and steady wins the race!

Look within

Goals don’t have to be external. Try looking within to identify areas that you might want to improve. For example, your resolution might be to show more compassion or exercise more patience. Your goals might focus on setting boundaries or saying yes more.

Expand your mind

The most common new years resolutions centre around things we want to do but why not choose to focus on what we can learn instead. If you usually set health and fitness goals why not challenge yourself to read a book on the subject each month. If you were planning to visit a new destination, why not challenge yourself to learn the language or immerse yourself in their history instead.

Enjoy the journey

Whilst many of us rely on goals to motivate us, it’s important to remember that often the journey is more important than the destination. For example, if your new years resolution is to run the Melbourne Marathon and then the race is unable to go ahead, that doesn’t mean that your training isn’t worth doing. Try to focus on what you could gain from the journey even if you don’t reach the destination. Chances are even if the race is cancelled, you’ll still have reaped the health benefits of your training.

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