Setting Goals or New Year Resolutions

It is a new year, and this can be a fresh start for us all. It could be to try something new or to recommit to something that may not have worked out for you last year.

When we talk about the New Year, the word Resolutions often comes up. Many people ask others if they are going to make A New Year Resolution.

But what is a resolution? The dictionary says it is “to make a definite and serious decision to do something.”

This is a good start but what happens after you have made that resolution? Carrying out the resolution is where many of us go wrong. Before even the first month is over, most people have given up on their annual commitment to themselves.

According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, around 80 percent fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions.

Instead of making resolutions, you are more likely to achieve success and fulfilling your hopes and dreams if you set measurable goals.

Here are 6 goal setting tips to help you get started on achieving what you want in life:

  1. Use the S.M.A.R.T. Goals ‘Formula’ to help set your goals:
  • Specific- Who, What, Where, When and How
  • Measurable- ask yourself this question, ‘How will I know when I’ve achieved my goal?’
  • Attainable- set goals that inspire and excite you but at the same time, ones that you can believe you can achieve
  • Relevant/Realistic- if you set an unrealistic goal, this may discourage you from taking action
  • Time-Sensitive- setting deadlines for your goals helps you to keep focused and motivated.
  1. Write your Goals Down

All too often, people set goals and do not write them down. (according to studies, only 3% write down their goals)

Having written goals is important as it allows us to see as well as think about our goals. When we see things, we are more likely to act on what we see.

Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, conducted a study on setting and writing goals.  She conducted the study with 267 participants and she found that the people with written goals were 42% more likely to achieve them than those that did not write them down.

  1. Visualise Your Goals

Visualisation has been proven to not only be effective in improving performance, but also in changing behaviours and achieving big goals.

When you can imagine having already achieved your goals, this will make you feel good and in turn, you will be telling your subconscious mind exactly what you want.

  1. Embrace Your Failures

Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki says that “successful people don’t fear failure but understand that it is necessary to learn and grow from.”

When you set goals, you will probably be presented with obstacles and challenges and you may even fail at achieving some of your goals.

Embrace this as this may mean you are closer to achieving your next goal. Of course, you need to assess if what you are doing is beneficial and if you are on the right track.

  1. Believe in Yourself

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Norman Vincent Peale

The only person standing between you and your dreams is yourself.

You do not necessarily have to know how you are going to achieve your goals, you just need to do the necessary tasks while moving forward to success.

  1. Take Action

You can set goals using the SMART goal system, (or any other you may wish to use) write down your goals, believe in yourself, visualise your goals regularly and embrace your failures, but until you take action, nothing will happen. The more action you take, the quicker you will achieve your goals.

A good way to get started is to write down what you will need to do to achieve these goals, then chunk down the tasks into monthly, weekly and daily tasks. This will take away the overwhelm of having to tackle one big action step initially.

Enjoy your journey on the year ahead and happy Goal Setting!

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