If you’re reading this, then that means that you’ve made it through another year! Thinking back, what moments stand out for you? And what are you most proud of? Did you accomplish everything that you set out to do? And if not, then are you ready to hold yourself accountable and ensure that nothing stands in your way again?
The great thing about closing one year and starting another is that you’re given the opportunity to truly reflect on the past twelve months, learn from any failures, and set the “restart” button. But while it’s easy to buy into the whole “new year, new you” philosophy, I think that people should be much more focused on dedicating themselves to being better than the person they were yesterday.
New years resolutions come and go, but having clear and definitive goals that you set for yourself will help you stay on the right path. It won’t be easy, but anything that’s worth it will come with time, dedication and sacrifice. If you’re willing to work hard each and every day and truly go after what you want, then you’ve come to the right place.
Here are my top goal-setting tips for the New Year:
MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE FULLY COMMITTED:
Before you start mapping out your goals and plans for the New Year, take some time to get your mind right. 2020 can be your best year yet, but only if you’re 100% committed to making it a success. This means no excuses, no putting things off, and no waiting around for someone else to help you. It’s all on you! And you need to hold yourself accountable. If you’re not 100% committed from the very beginning, then you might as well give up before you even start.
KNOW YOUR “WHY”:
Simon Sinek wrote a whole book on this topic (Start with Why) where he discusses just how important it is to know why you’re doing what you’re doing. It’s easy to explain what you do, but very few people can explain why they do it. “Why” you do something shouldn’t be about money, it should relate to something that truly inspires you. It’s essentially the reason why you get up in the mornings. Why do you want to succeed? Why is it important to you? What is it that you want to achieve, and will it make a difference to you and those around you? Asking yourself these questions and knowing your “why” is vital when it comes to goal planning.
MAP OUT YOUR GOALS:
Now that you’re fully committed, and you know your “why” it’s time to set your actual goals! I group my goals into financial goals, feel-good goals, and health goals. Make sure that you write everything down, and be clear on your targets.
The easiest way to ensure that you hit the ground running is to break your “big” goals into manageable chunks. Write a to-do list every single day, and make sure that you get these tasks done. The path to achieving a goal often involves ticking smaller tasks off, one at a time.
Setting daily tasks for yourself makes your goal actionable. This means that you’re not just merely setting a goal, but you’re taking action every single day in order to achieve your goal.
STICK TO A TIMELINE:
It’s vital to commit to a schedule. If you don’t, then you’ll be going nowhere slowly. Be specific about when you want to work on your goal and when you want to achieve it by. If for example, you want to make $10 million by the end of the year, then you can’t wake up in October and still expect to hit that target. Planning is essential, as is being realistic about timelines.
ASSESS AND REASSESS:
The reason why it’s essential to revisit your goals on a daily basis is so that you can assess whether or not they’re still important to you. If they are, then assessing and reassessing them will help you stay focused and motivated. You’ll be able to assign new tasks and activities for yourself, and you’ll keep moving forward towards your vision and your goals.