The New Year brings in a ton of resolutions and goals that are usually long-forgotten before the first daffodil blooms in spring.
Lose 20lbs before the summer. Go natural and grow three inches of hair. Make six-figures. Buy a new luxury car. Goals can be as easy to accomplish as they are to set.
Here are five tips to help you set your goals and reach them.
1. Get Your Goals In Writing.
When you write down your goals, you do a few important things.
First, you make your goals official enough to commit to. It’s one thing to say you want to lose weight, but once you whip out your journal and commit to it in writing, it becomes serious, almost as if the goal is set in stone.
Second, writing down your goals is beneficial because you can check your progress as you work toward them. Having your goals in ink is making a contract with yourself, promising that you’ll take your goals seriously and work to achieve them.
2. Be Positive
When your goals are positively and actively stated, as opposed to passively and negatively stated, you will be more encouraged to work toward them.
When you set your goals, make them affirmative and believable.
Use words such as I will, I can, and I am, as opposed to don’t, stop, or quit.
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3. Make Your Goals S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Re-Negotiable, and Timely)
The number one reason why goals are usually made but not accomplished is because they are often too general and unrealistic within a given time frame. For example, a goal such as “This year I will lose a lot of weight,” is a goal unlikely to be met because it is not specific enough to measure.
You are more likely to reach a goal such as, “I will lose 10 lbs in two months,” because the amount of weight to lose is specific and the time to reach the goal, two months, is realistic enough to accomplish the goal. Try this: review the goals you made earlier this year and re-work them so that they are S.M.A.R.T. goals.
If you initially set a goal like, “I want to become a millionaire by the end of the year,” and you’re currently unemployed with no constructive idea about how to attain a million dollars in 12 months, rewrite this goal so that it is big enough to work toward, but realistic enough to accomplish.
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4. Sharing is Caring
Sharing your goals with someone to help hold you accountable is more effective than keeping your goals a secret. When you share your goals with trusted long-term friends and family members, you show that you care about reaching your goals.
Your comrades will help keep you on track and focus on achieving them.
5. Revisit, Renegotiate, and Revise
Revisiting your goals helps remind you of what you originally planned to achieve.
It’s easy to forget the goals you set for yourself which is why revisiting them frequently and regularly helps you move closer to achieving them. You may need to renegotiate your goals and resolutions as time goes on, because you may find that they have changed in importance, relevance, or reachability.
Revising goals so that they are more applicable can help you reach them.
Goals are meant to be achieved. Now you can become more confident that you will accomplish your goals by using the tips in this article. Want more tips on how to achieve your goals? Join our newsletter.
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