A new year means, a new you right? Well for many, setting resolutions and goals to hit early in the year happens every year. Whether you’re one to start hitting the gym again or trying to get more organized, these goals come with their hurdles. We see a spike in activity on social media and within consumerism the first month and then a sudden drop. This is because this quick fix, cold turkey resolution is going to drop off as fast as you pick it up. Try going from eating fast food three times a day to vegan clean for a week, it’s near impossible!
Goal setting is a marathon and not a sprint, you’ll only tire yourself out without the proper training. We’ll be going over some of the biggest tips to keep you on track to meet your goals. Whether you’re planning on launching your business or simply trying to read more these can be implemented.
To know where you’re going, you must know where you’re beginning. Grab a pen and paper or pull up some notes and go through the aspects of your goals that can be managed. Maybe you want to extend partners in your business or spend more quality time with your family. Whatever the case may be, see if it’s worth the time and how you can go about working on these goals.
The first thing you want to do is see what you would like to change and if your lifestyle actually allows it. If you work a 9-5 with a two-hour commute and you want to work out every day before work, check yourself because why are you trying to torture yourself by waking up at 4 in the morning every day! So choose your goals based on things that make sense for you. It’s not a one size fits all, so figure out what fits your lifestyle.
Whether it’s time, money, or energy, you have to put in to get quality results! Let’s take the example of exercising. You set your goal to work out five times a week. There are going to be days where you simply don’t want to leave the comfort of your own bed, especially in the dead of winter. Those moments are the true tests of how bad you want to reach your goals. The changes are made in the little battles won.
Time is the most important type of investment when it comes to attaining goals. Understand the speed of things. Know when to be patient and when to get things while their hot. It’s a rhythm and you won’t get it down right away but with persistence, you’ll form an adequate timetable for your aspirations. Some goals are short-term while others may take years. Know the difference between them and set incremental goals for the long-term. The more you visualize, the better.
Get Rid Of Baggage.
Overloading is a real threat when you’re trying to do new things all at once. To free up some of that head space, it may be a good idea to let go of the extra baggage in your life. Maybe you’ve got a friend or colleague that just doesn’t give off the right vibe. You feel like it’s always a competition with that person or you’ve got that pile of untouched junk somewhere in your home that needs to be donated. Let it go! Free yourself from the ties that lead to nothing and you’ll get that weight off your shoulders so you can work on things that really matter and are beneficial for you.
At this point in your career and life, you’ve crossed paths with the “SMART” technique of goal setting. It’s an acronym that had aided college students and adults alike jumpstart new ideas for school, life or work. The model is simple and easy to understand so we shall have a brief refresher to get our head in the right space!
- Specific – No room for the vague here. Visualize your goal, quantify it if you can. The more concrete it is in your mind the more clear that map will be for you to get there.
- Measurable – If you want to increase your sales by 15% within the next three years, great! Numbers are proof that you’re reaching your goals.
- Attainable – Your goals may seem far-fetched but they must be in the realm of attainability. If you’re an artist and your goal is to become an astronaut in three years, try searching elsewhere for your goals.
- Realistic – You can have outlandish dreams but your life must fall into a relative sphere. Becoming a millionaire by next week? Probably not going to happen but a millionaire in five years with the hard work put in, totally possible!
- Time – Give yourself a timeline. Don’t make it too short that you’ll stress yourself out if you don’t make it and don’t drag it out too long. There can be research to see how others have achieved a similar goal. Too much pressure and being too relaxed may mess you up to find a sweet spot in the middle.
It will be hard work if you want to reach your goals so don’t forget to reward yourself once in a while. Create mini checkpoints and once you reach them, give yourself a treat that warrants the progress. It can be a cookie or going out with your team. Giving yourself a break will allow you to recharge and motivate yourself even more for the work ahead of you.
Setting goals are the easy part, it’s the planning and implementing that makes the ride bumpy but it’s all worth it in the end. Whether you’re looking for professional or personal growth the potential is there. Consistency is key! So take your time and know what every day’s effort will surmount to a huge change. Let us know your 2018 goals in the comments below!