The New Year is well underway and it is customary to set New Year’s resolutions and have high expectations for the year ahead. The New Year is always a positive time as we are all anticipating the good things ahead of us. I feel that it is very important for us to have goals but there are certain things we must remember when setting them:
Try and make your goals specific. If they are too vague like ‘save money’ then you’ll fall into the trap of under-achieving. By this I mean that you will accept the bare minimum from yourself rather than pushing and challenging yourself. The main purpose of goal setting is to make changes to your life and stretch your ability and accepting the bare minimum will not gain you the full experience. So, make sure they are specific so you have to work hard to achieve them.
If possible, try and make measurable targets. This means that at several points in the year you can track your progress and either carry on the way you are or take a different path. This enables you to keep on track and see your goals to the end. If you’re like me then you love seeing results so seeing the little results during the year will encourage you to strive to see the overall result at the end of the year.
If your goals are not realistic then they are unlikely to be achieved. It is very easy to get carried away with the positivity of the New Year and feel like you can do anything but always regard the time frame that you have set to achieve these aims. It’s okay to rethink your goals at some point during the year if you realise that they are not achievable. This does not make you a failure as you are wise enough to recognise that that particular objective has to be broken down into more manageable steps. As long as you’re making moves its calm. However, don’t use this as an excuse to not achieve what you have set out.
At the beginning of the year everyone is very motivated and ready to achieve everything on their lengthy list. As the year progresses people tend to fizzle out and forget all about that person they aimed to be. It doesn’t matter how spectacular your targets are, if you lack motivation you will not achieve them. A good way to stay motivated is to have an accountability partner. This is someone who you tell your plan to and who you are accountable to throughout the year. They will check in on you to see how well you are doing and push you to carry on. This works well as you feel as if you are letting them down if you don’t follow through. Other ways include watching videos, creating a vision board and placing it somewhere you look every day and tracking your progress.
I hope everyone achieves all their goals this year and has a blessed 2018.
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