Setting Your Goals: Live your Life the Way You Want It
You may not want to admit it but you’re also probably one of those people who start the year with a new perspective: new year, new me. That’s okay. Big celebrations such as the New Year really trigger a lot of new learnings that sometimes lead us to create a list of resolutions; be it something you only note mentally or something you actually write down in a notebook tucked away somewhere.
The thing is, a lot of New Year’s resolutions fail because we fail to commit to it. The good news is: there are ways to achieve your new goals.
Set SMART goals.
You hear it all the time: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Your goals will remain vague unless you give it a direction. By making sure that your goals are SMART, you give criteria to help you choose which aspects you should focus on; therefore increasing your chances of succeeding.
Specific – well-defined, unambiguous
Measurable – specific criteria to measure your progress toward the goal
Attainable – realistic given your capabilities and resources
Relevant – your goal should be important to you and should be something you value
Time-Bound – a clearly laid-out timeline: a proper start and end date
Make an Action Plan.
Consider all the things you did in the past and evaluate why they didn’t work out. Consider all the factors that hinder and empower your goals. Now, the next step is to formulate action plans that contribute to your success. Remember, a goal without a plan is just a wish.
Commit to it.
It’s true: staying committed to your goals takes a lot of work. After all, life is demanding and we sometimes get pulled to directions to a point where we often lose sight of the goals we’ve set in the first place. However, that’s part of the challenge. Remember, success requires discipline, grit, hard work, will, courage, and faith. The key is to stick with your goal no matter what happens next.
Get rid of negative habits.
Fact: we all have bad habits we need to kick. Often times, these habits hinder us from achieving our personal goals. Keep in mind that these are things we are in control of. But first, we have to be aware of these bad habits and then, once we know what they are, we can think of ways to change them. So, reflect. Think about all the bad habits you can get rid of and slowly, but surely, get rid of them.
Don’t forget to keep track of your progress and more importantly, celebrate your wins. No matter how big or small that achievement is, it still takes you one step closer to your goal. It’s still one step away from your old status quo—that in itself is something you have to celebrate.
Ready to start working toward a new goal? These tips are all doable and totally within your control. Be it a new job opportunity, new passion to pursue, or other personal goals—these things might help if you start soon enough.
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