Every year we go through the same cycle of new years resolution. We have an incredible idea that will benefit us in the long run. We try our hardest to achieve the goal we set. By February we can’t even remember what our new years resolution was!
This is not an uncommon scenario. This blog is designed to give you the maximum chance of helping you achieve your new years resolution!
What are Goals?
Goals or targets, are things we want to achieve in a given time frame. Goals can be broken down into short and long term goals.
Long term goals are your end objectives. They are what you want to achieve. Long term goals may consists of financial gain, such as a promotion, health benefits, such as becoming fit and healthy, or something else that you value.
Short term goals consist of setting small achievable objectives which further progress you towards your end goal. They allow you to not be overwhelmed by the long term goal and can be used to track your progress towards it.
Goal Setting tips
Specific, realistic goals work best. Firstly the goals you set must be realistic. It is no good setting a goal you could never possibly achieve. You are much more likely to succeed if you set a realistic goal. The same can be said about specific. Setting a goal to eat 5 fruit and vegetables a day is much more achievable than setting a goal to eat healthier. By being realistic and specific, it is much easier to track and see progress, which inevitably leads to you continuing with working towards your goal.
It takes time for a change to become an established habit. As with anything in life real change takes time. You need to get used to the change in routine, a change in the norm. If you persist however, it is much harder to undo the habit once it has formed. Meaning that once you’re past the first few months you are much more likely to stick with it.
Repeating a goal makes it stick. Saying your goal out loud each morning reminds yourself of what you want and what you’re working towards. If talking to yourself isn’t your thing, writing it down also works. Every time you remind yourself of your goal, you’re training your brain to make it happen.
Pleasing other people doesn’t work. The goal has to come from you and has to be about you. You shouldn’t be looking to change others with your goal. Firstly because, you will be probably fail and secondly they may not want to change. If you yourself don’t want to complete the goal you will not stick to it; or, if you do, it will be much harder than creating your own.
Roadblocks don’t mean failure. Everybody makes mistakes in life, if we didn’t we’d never learn. Mistakes allow our brain to grow and develop. Therefore if you slip up with your goal, or miss a day, don’t beat yourself up about it. It may take multiple attempts to finally achieve your goal. You just have to persevere with these things.