Having goals for the year will help keep you motivated and focused. When building your goals for the year make sure they are SMART.
Here are some things to consider when building your goals. After your list of goals is built add them to the Goals Board in the gym.
Not just strength numbers. Think of other benchmarks.
What is your limiting factors?
What is going to make you a better person?
What is going to improve your quality of life?
Here are my goals for 2018 to help you get some ideas.
Front rack a PVC
Snatch 225#, C&J 285#
Top 650 Individual in Region
Top 100 Team in Region
Choice of 1 when dining out - app, dessert, or drink
"Interview" 3 people I look up to
Read at least 2 parenting books
Find some SMART goals for the first 6 months of being a dad
When determining goals make sure they are very specific. For example "eat clean" is a vague goal. A better goal would be "eat 15 paleo meals a week". Every week it will be very easy to determine if you meet your goal.
With the above example the goal is easily measured. 15 meals is the target. Another example of a poor goal would be "get better at pullups". This goal has no measure so how do we know if there was improvement. "2 Unbroken Strict Pullups" is a much easier goal to track progress and mark as completed.
The goals need to be achievable. Are you truly capable of obtaining the goal with the resources at your disposal?
Goals should be realistic. With other obligations in mind like work and kids can you accomplish your goal(s)?
Goals that are open ended are less likely to be accomplished. With a defined time frame, a sense of urgency is created and the goals are more likely to not be kicked down the road.