We’re coming up on the new year, which means we’re likely being inundated with ways to achieve our resolutions. This is a perfect time to reflect on how we’re living our lives - personally and professionally - and make any necessary changes.
We all talk about setting goals, but how do we actually achieve them and keep the momentum going well into the new year?
Read along for some best tips and advice for achieving your goals.
It helps to keep your motivation high when you know why you’re doing something. If your goal is to make more money, is there a specific item you’re looking to purchase that you can envision? If you want to make more time in your schedule, will you fill it with more fun with your kids or friends?
Find something inspiring to use to visualize your goals, which will make follow through much easier!
It will only lower your confidence if your goal is completely unlikely to happen. You can always start small and build from there.
If you’re looking to achieve a certain position in your organization, and you’re quite a few positions away from this, make small goals to keep achieving the next position up. It’s much more fulfilling to meet and achieve your goals, versus spending a long time without the satisfaction of meeting them.
When your goals are realistic, they also push you to do real things, versus picking a very “out there” goal that you won’t even attempt to truly achieve.
While setting realistic goals is very important, you should also stretch yourself a bit. If your goals are much too easy, you’re really not achieving anything beyond the norm.
Pick a goal that is realistically achievable - but also scares you a bit. A little bit of apprehension can be a great kick start towards action.
Often times, people set goals that can only be achieved in many months or even years. Pick a few goals and set time limits to keep you going. You can even break your goals into categories of short term and long term, or by days, weeks, months, and years.
By setting goal dates and setting them incrementally, you stay in the mindset of thinking about them on a regular basis. Plug these into your calendar for more accountability, reminder, and visual aid.
A famous quote says that “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” A plan is a very crucial component of a goal!
Start by writing out what you want, then proceed to determining your “why” for your goals, as explained in our first tip. From here, create your timing - short or long term goals, or by days, weeks, months and years. Then, you’ll want to put these goals into your calendar and/or schedule. To really take things up a notch, you can include visualization and meditation practices to truly solidify your process.
Achieving your goals takes work, but it should also be uplifting, fun and inspiring. Determine what process works best for you, and do your best to stick with it as you achieve your goals in the new year!
"New Year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours." - Alex Morritt
Happy New Year! As we embark on this fresh start, it’s clear that everyone has planning, goals and success on the brain. Whether you’re seeking to find business success, lose weight, face fears, or simply get organized, now is the time to begin a new year successfully.
Use the momentum of this time of year to set goals. This doesn’t mean you have to (or should) set very daunting goals, but those that are manageable. It’s typically easier and more effective to select 6-10+ smaller goals and break them into several weeks or months. It’s much more difficult to focus on a goal that is over a year away, and momentum can be lost almost instantly.
Where do you want to be in your personal life? Your career? Your family life? In your faith or spiritual life? Think about all areas of your life and set goals in intervals that are likely to be achieved.
We tend to skimp on giving ourselves enough credit for our achievements. Take out a pen and a piece of paper and really think about the good that you’ve done this year. Have you been more present in your family time? Did you earn a raise in your freelance position? Land a client that has been truly enjoyable? Give yourself these wins, as it’s very encouraging as you start into a new year.
While we already discussed looking at your accomplishments, this it the time to audit all areas of your life from the previous year. What worked and what didn’t in all areas? How can you improve? Do you plan to stay in your job(s)? This is also a good time to analyze your rates and financial situation as well, and a prime time to consider tax and other filing items.
With a new year comes reflection, which can often mean changing of jobs and career paths. Are you ready to put your best foot forward? Especially if you’re considering a career change, or simply want to pick up some more freelance work, it’s a great time of year to update your job search materials. Ensure that your resume and cover letter are updated and edited. Review your references on file and make contact or select new ones to be sure that you have the best people in your corner.
Moving into the new year successfully is all about reflecting on what worked and didn’t work in the past, as well as a clear, thoughtful plan for the future. Take stock in what has already happened, praise yourself for where you’ve shined, and set goals that challenge and move you forward in this promising new year!