The beginning of a new year is traditionally the time when many people set goals for their lives. In fact, about 60% of people make at least one New Year’s resolution each year. And seniors are no exception. While the types of goals we set may change as we age, the excitement of setting goals, improving our lives, and trying new things never fades.
And living at an all-inclusive retirement community can make goal-setting even easier and more fun. Without homeownership woes, meals, and coordinating social events to worry about, residents at The Landing at Behrman Place in New Orleans, Louisiana, can focus on achieving the goals they’ve always dreamed about.
Set yourself up for success this year with these goal setting tips.
When you’re setting goals, it’s easy to get distracted by what society has conditioned us to think is important. But ultimately, your goals will only satisfy you if they align with your values and desires. In other words, before you set any goals, check-in with yourself first about what would make you truly happy.
For example, it may sound impressive for a senior to run a marathon or write a novel. And if you’ve always wanted to do those things, those may be great goals for you to set. But if you’ve never liked exercise or you prefer music to reading, those goals aren’t the right ones for you. If you care more about spending time with your family than you do about learning ballroom dancing, then set a goal to call your family daily or schedule a trip to see them…and leave your dancing shoes at home.
Your goals should be something you actually care about, not simply something that sounds impressive to others. Goals that don’t align with your values and desires may sound impressive, but you won’t be sufficiently motivated to achieve them. Since the ultimate result is not something you care that much about, you will likely be unwilling to put in the effort necessary to achieve the goal. And even if you do end up achieving one of these misaligned goals, the victory won’t be as sweet.
As we age, we can develop certain limitations that keep us from doing things we otherwise might like to do. For example, you may have loved mountain climbing in your youth, but a bad knee means that it’s not healthy for you to start scaling cliffs anytime soon. If that’s the case, you don’t have to give up on your goal, but you may have to modify it. Instead, you can compromise by setting a goal to complete five new hiking trails that are appropriate for your abilities.
It’s wonderful to set goals that are beyond what you or others think you can achieve. But when you do so, be sure to consider your limitations to ensure your goals are achievable.
Did you know that physically writing your goals down actually increases your chances of achieving those goals? According to Forbes, vividly describing your goals in written form is strongly associated with goal success.” And people who very clearly describe or picture their goals in great detail are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to successfully accomplish their goals than people who set more general goals or who don’t take the time to write out the details.
Additionally, putting pen to paper to write down your goals helps with a process called “encoding”—meaning that when you write your goals down, you’re more likely to remember them and keep them top of mind.
Transitioning to a retirement community doesn’t mean your New Year’s resolutions can’t be as big as ever. With these tips, you’re on the right track to make this year your best one yet.
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