A new year provides an opportunity for many of us to set goals to work towards, after reflecting on changes we want to see in our lives. Setting goals is a part of human nature: they provide us with purpose and motivation to become our best possible selves, whether it’s personally or professionally.
So how is it that so many of us are taking this very important task, and doing it all wrong? What many people don’t realize is that there is more to goal-setting than simply thinking of a broad stroke dream and telling yourself you want it to happen. Deciding to merely “lose weight” or “quit smoking” is a start, but it is also about how you approach your goal that will result in its greatest probability of success.
What do you need to do differently? I’ve outlined five things you can do to ensure your resolutions become reality in 2015:
- Write them down
- Putting things onto paper helps you form a “contract” with yourself. Write down your goals and post them somewhere you’ll see them often (i.e. your smartphone, desk, fridge, bathroom mirror, car dashboard)
- Narrow your goals
- We work best when we can focus on one goal at a time, especially when there may be more than one lifestyle change that’s affected. Only include goals where you will truly push yourself to succeed. Perhaps delay some goal-setting for later dates throughout the year to give each of them the attention they deserve.
- Make sure they’re SMART!
- All your goals should pass the SMART test; they should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. For more information on SMART goal setting, click here: http://topachievement.com/smart.html
- Envision an action plan from the beginning!
- Have an idea of exactly how you’re going to tackle your goal as soon as you make it. If you can’t even think of where to start, perhaps it is too big a feat and you may need to scale it back.
- Make yourself accountable.
- Teaming up with a buddy who shares your goal by being your ally can help you stay on track. Friends can be a great source of support and encouragement.
Remember to pat yourself on the back on the positive changes you will make, and let us know how well you did! I wish you all the best of success in your endeavours in 2015.