A new year is always a great opportunity to start fresh and make your goals happen; to get inspired and make changes to your lifestyle for the better.
New Year’s resolutions can vary greatly, but they are all about achieving something that will have a positive impact in your life.
Whatever your goal is – the important thing is that you are on the right path to achieve it. Read through these tips to help you stick to your New Year resolutions and maximize your chances of not giving up.
Set Small Goals
You may be feeling motivated and excited about your goal, but don’t let your ambition lead you to unattainable levels.
If you want to try a new activity, don’t commit yourself to 5 times a week – start slowly and consistently so that your body gets used to it, and build from there.
Giving yourself the ability to meet your goal in small steps can help you avoid discouragement along the way.By setting simpler, and smaller goals, they’re more achievable.
Remember, with goals, smaller and consistent is better than bigger and inconsistent.
For instance, to meet your exercise goals, instead of setting a goal for four times a week, begin with just one hour on one day of the week and remain consistent with this routine until it becomes a habit. Afterwards, you can extend your exercise days by a second day weekly.
Have An Accountability Partner
An accountability partner is someone who knows your goals, and coaches by periodically checking-up on you to make sure you’re on course with achieving your goals and commitments. For the purpose of this article, we’ll refer to the term Accountability Partner with AP for short.
An AP could be your spouse, partner, friend, parent, sibling, colleague, mentor or course mate. By including an AP to your goal plan, you’re sure that even on the days you’re feeling unmotivated, they’ll be there to motivate you.
Choose an AP who is dependable, focused, and honest. This way, they’ll be able to access your progress on your goals honestly, and without being partial.
To make this fun, you can co-AP with an AP which simply means that while you’re accountable to your AP, they too are accountable to you.
It can be difficult to make changes in your life, but focusing on the negative side will only discourage you.
Remain positive and believe in your dreams. Remember that the first step in achieving a dream is first achieving that goal in your mind.
Also, surround yourself with people who believe in your goals. While getting rid of those who do not. Follow up on other people who share the same dream as you and see if collaborating or speaking with them is useful.
An important factor to note when delegating goals for the new year is to be realistic. Research if possible the duration it’ll take to achieve a goal you’re after. Afterwards, make your plans accordingly.
For instance, if your goal is to get a Master’s degree, you cannot expect to study a 2-year Master’s Degree program for only 6 months. Hence, your plans must revolve around two years or two and a half years.
Have A Plan
Some people say that the difference between a dream and a goal is a plan. This is quite apt. Putting together a plan gives you milestones to work with and additionally, makes it easier to track your progress on a goal.
Always determine the when, where, and why of your vision – that way you can establish an action plan and set yourself on the right path to achieve your goal.
Note that you cannot scale up your goal without planning. And not just any plan, but a realistic and achievable one.