With just fifteen days left until the new year, it’s time to start thinking of what your goals and aspirations are for the next twelve months. Sometimes I think we underestimate the power and importance of setting goals. It helps to not only keep us focused, but we wake up every day knowing we have a purpose and goals to meet.
I can honestly say that for the first time, I have set and actually achieved all of the goals I had in place for 2018 and the feeling is priceless. It wasn’t until November that I actually realized I completed all of my goals, plus a few unexpected accomplishments. While I have added a couple of brand new objectives to my list for 2019, most of it just consists of adding to what I’ve already started. I look at it as simply setting the bar higher. As always, I wanted to share with you a few techniques I used to ensure that all of my new year goals were met and hopefully you find this helpful when looking to accomplish your new year resolutions.
I am a firm believer that anything is possible and if you can dream it, you can live it. However, setting goals can be intimidating so I would recommend that you start with some of your smaller goals. For example, if your goal is to lose 30 pounds, start off with a goal of 5 pounds. Once that is complete, go for your next 5 pounds and so on. Starting small is a great way to ensure that you don’t get overwhelmed or feel defeated before you’ve even started. Look at it as breaking down your goals into a series of steps.
Write everything down.
If you’re familiar with any of my previous blog posts on organization, then you know that I’m an advocate for writing things down. To me, everything becomes clearer when you put it on paper. It forces you to think, plan, and eventually execute. I like to look at it as detangling my thoughts and ideas.
Only set goals you’re actually passionate about.
What good is setting goals that you’re not passionate about? It’ll only cause you to procrastinate and eventually, you’ll forget about them. It’s a complete waste of time. That is why I highly recommend that you’re only setting goals that you’re passionate about. You know, the things that light a fire within you, those things you dream about, and those things you want everyone to know that you love… Those are the goals you should be setting!
Surround yourself with people who support you.
If you want to continue being motivated and inspired, you should be surrounding yourself with people who support your vision and your desire to be successful. The support will not always come from friends and family, which can be a hard pill to swallow. However, you want to keep people around you who will uplift you and help push you forward.
Track your progress.
Tracking your progress is a great way to ensure that you’re taking your new year resolutions seriously. This goes back to writing everything down. For some of your smaller goals, you can even put a time frame on them like, “Okay, I want to complete this goal by this date and these goals by that date,” and so on. Every month, check into your notes to see the progress you’ve made. If you’ve completed the goal you set, simply put “completed” by it. If you haven’t quite reached your goal, but still working on it, write “in progress” next to it or however you want to do it.