31 Dec 7 Ways to Ensure You’ll Reach Your New Years Goals
It’s no secret that the end of the year is an exciting time. For many it’s an exciting new, fresh start as you embark on a new year. So before you break out the confetti and party poppers tonight, let’s help you start the new year off right by setting yourself up to succeed in 2019. You can’t have a successful year without making some goals first. And if you don’t want to end up like 92% of the country who sets New Year’s Resolutions, but fails to meet them, follow these simple, fail-proof tips:
Set specific goals.
Some people make their goals very vague. You want your goals to be clear and well-defined so you know if you’ve actually met them. For example, it’s better to say, “I want to lose 10 lbs by my birthday” instead of “I want to get healthier.”
Start by asking yourself what you hope to achieve? Then ask how, who, where, when, and why.
Set goals that can be measured.
Just like you can’t accurately measure a piece of wood without a tape measure, you can’t successfully measure any progress if you haven’t defined it. How will you know if you are on track for meeting your goal? What factors will be visible if you are working towards your target?
For example, if you have a goal to read a particular book series by summer time, you likely would need to be on the middle book in March.
Set achievable goals.
While it’s great to have high expectations, many people set themselves up for failure because they aim too high. Make sure your goals are doable. Many goals take a lot of time and sacrifice. Make sure you are willing to put in the effort involved before committing.
For example, if you have a goal to pay off a debt by a certain date, you need to make sure your budget is effective and can withstand you cutting out some things in certain categories in your budget. Don’t make a goal to have zero debt in a couple of months if you are swimming in loans and are already on a tight budget.
Ensure your goals are relevant.
You should have a strong desire to reach this goal. Why are you passionate about this goal? Ask yourself why you are setting the goal in the first place? Why is it important to you? What’s the ultimate outcome? Will your goal really help you meet that objective?
Setting a goal to cut out sugar for someone who is prediabetic will ultimately help them to become healthier, thus improving their lifespan.
Ensure your goals have a timetable
You can work on a goal all you want for as long as you want, but if you haven’t included specific dates on when you hope to achieve the goal, you’ll never know if you’re close to it, or have the motivation to keep working on it. Always include a date for your goal. Having a deadline inspires people to act. Remember to keep the deadline realistic and flexible or you’re more likely to become discouraged and give up.
Track your progress.
Tracking your progress is beneficial to all serious goal-setters. Not only does it help you stay focused on your goals, but it inspires and motivates you to keep working towards your goal because you can see some improvement. Even finding out that you are just short of reaching your goal is a major improvement. Remember, “An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention.”
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