Setting and achieving goals for the year can be tough. Some excel at this, but it is easy to fall into the pitfalls that sometimes get in your way. Here are a few tips I have learned over the years that can help.
a) Set a few overall goals for the year.
b) The biggest failure in goal attainment is the lack of a plan. Any plan is better than no plan! The only wrong thing to do is nothing.
c) If you have a huge goal for the year it can help to break it down into subgoals that are more attainable and plan out the steps to those subgoals.
d) Do you have barriers to getting your plan done? As the first step of your plan, figure out what needs to be done first. In many cases, it is just taking the time to do it. So, figure out a schedule that works for you, even if it’s only a few minutes a day. For example, I found that if I get up earlier each day I can get in my workout and also take time to listen to motivational lectures I like before everyone needs my attention. I can also then sneak out early sometimes and go paddling. I had to change up my schedule and go to bed earlier, but it works for me!
e) Surround yourself with positive people who are in on your goal. Let them know what you are trying to accomplish. Is there one particular person who is a positive influence in your life? Check-in with them perhaps weekly on how you are doing. Do you tend to get down on yourself and then feel the goal is unattainable? Talking with a positive person can help with this. Perhaps schedule a weekly walk and go over your goals with them.
f) Cease associating with anyone who puts you down or tells you you cannot accomplish your goals.
g) Don’t be down on yourself and invalidate yourself — it is deadly to goals. I know it can be hard when you feel down. But find something that makes you feel better such as listening to good music, going for a bike ride, watching the sunset, take walk, whatever works for you.
h) Have a good system in place to measure your progress. If it is a financial goal, have a way to track your progress monthly. Or for a personal betterment goal of training, have a real, measurable goal of courses taken or books read monthly.
To your success!