In this post, I’d like to share 5 tips that, if implemented, are guaranteed to keep you focused on delivering your goals, all year long.
1. Set few goals: Keep your list of resolutions short. My advice is no more than 3. Keep them short but meaningful. Let it be things you will be proud of having accomplished when you cast your mind forward to December 2016.
2. Set S.M.A.R.T goals: Your resolutions should be:
- Specific :for example, instead of saying ‘I want to live a healthier life’ be specific on what exactly that means to you e.g.register with a gym or purchase home work-out equipment, change my food menu to include healthy food options.
- Measurable: using the ‘I want to live a healthier life’ example, you need to be able to assess your progress.e.g. Lose 5 Kgs.
- Achievable: If you’re in a job where you spend a high percentage of your time traveling, having a goal to visit the gym 5 times a week may not be achievable. In order words, you need to look at the reality of your present circumstances and be clear on what you can genuinely commit to and what you cannot.
- Realistic: using our example, if you currently weigh 100kgs, setting a target to lose 30 kgs in one year may not be realistic (and is probably unhealthy as well).
- Time-bound: a goal without a timeline is only a wish. A good time-bound goal will look like this: ‘I will register with a gym by January’, I will eat fruits everyday’
3. Share your goals: Tell a few people you feel comfortable sharing your resolutions with. Some goals are very personal and cannot be shared, which is understandable. For the goals that are less personal, sharing them means you have committed to it, and someone is watching you; this will help keep you accountable.
4. Start early!: The earlier in the year you start, the better your chances of making the changes you desire. The longer you wait the easier it is for you fall back to your old ways. Just start. Start now. Don’t procrastinate.
5. Try and try again: if you make several attempts and they fail, keep at it. Don’t give up, if the goal is worth anything, chances are, attaining it wont be a walk in the park. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it. If you slip a thousand times, get up a thousand and one times and try again. Maintaining 2015 status quo is not an option.
If you feel comfortable, please share some of your goals with us in the comments section … let’s keep one another accountable. Here are a couple of mine: Blog consistently (at least once a month) throughout 2016, begin to write the unfinished novels I have mentally drafted for the past several years starting January 2016 (notice how SMART these goals are?)
I’d love to hear yours…