Simple Guide to Setting Realistic Goals for the New Year
The New Year is the perfect time to start fresh. If there's any aspect of your life that you'd like to improve, set some clear and attainable goals for yourself that will help you get there.
“It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.” ~Benjamin E. Mays
Here are some pointers to ensure that your New Year’s resolution will go from dreaming to reality.
Take It Slow
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ~Abraham Lincoln
Work towards your goal one piece at a time. It's important to take it slow and not take on too much at once. The main reason that some people fail when it comes to their New Year's goals is because they fail to plan out a realistic path.
Follow Through with a Plan
Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” – Peter F. Drucker
It's easy to say: "I want to lose 50 pounds" or "I want to learn a musical instrument." Keep in mind that big goals like these will take some time and effort. Diets are hard to start because you may feel unmotivated or hungry. Musical instruments require time to master, and you may start with weeks of just learning notes before getting to any fun melodies.
Remember that the beginning is tough. Muster up the courage and enthusiasm to continue with your efforts. Remember that most people give up, but you're not most people, are you?
You're different because, unlike most people, you're going to create a clear and realistic plan to take you right to success. If you're going to lose 50 pounds, define how you're going to lose those pounds. Are you starting an exercise routine? Are you going to join Weight Watchers or count calories?
You know that you won't lose the weight quickly; it's a steady loss that brings success. Even if you're short a couple of pounds on one of your short-term goals, you can revise your plan and kick up the pace, or just continue on your path because you'll reach your 50 pound goal before the year is out. That's what you'll be able to accomplish with a solid plan in place.
“Set realistic goals, keep re-evaluating, and be consistent.” – Ginni Rometti
You have to stay realistic when it comes to your New Year's goals. The holidays are a joyful time, and often times you'll feel motivated to achieve something big. Know that you can achieve big things, but there are also only 24 hours in a day.
Avoid making goals that would take more than a year to complete. If you want to make a long-term goal like this, break it up into parts and give yourself a realistic plan for your first year goal.
Visualize the Outcome
“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem
When you run into snags in the road, as you're bound to in life from time to time, it will help to visualize yourself reaching your end goal. Visualizing it makes it feel real and motivates you to continue to work hard to make it happen.
The Right Attitude
"When you're different, sometimes you don't see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn't." --Jodi Picoult
If you're practicing the right attitude, you can go far. It's true that all you need to do is believe in yourself. You've probably realized that if you don't believe that you can accomplish something, you simply won't. How can you expect to achieve great things if you don't believe in yourself?
An optimistic attitude is critical to your success. Think about how you felt when you first set your New Year's goal. Chances are that you had an excellent attitude, so try to maintain that mindset throughout your journey to success with your goal.
Find a great mentor who believes in you; your life will change forever! –Bill Walsh
In 1996 I had open heart surgery twice in one week. 18 months later, I rode my bicycle from Boston to New York. Before the ride, I trained all summer but I did not do it alone. I had riding partners for mornings and for weekends. When my muscles ached an my chest felt like it was going to explode, I would not have kept going if there was no one who expected me to.
You need someone in your life who is your supporter, your cheerleader, your coach. You need someone who holds the space for you when your goal seems too hard or too far away. I can be that person for you.
Once you've determined a realistic goal and divided it up into short, achievable tasks, you're bound for success as long as you take action to complete each step. Go ahead and make that New Year's resolution, knowing that this year is going to be your most successful yet!
Take Purposeful Action
Achieve your Goals
Are you steadily moving towards your goals or do fail to take action? Do you self-sabotage your efforts to make personal change? Do you let challenges divert you?
What if you could:
- Get crystal clear on what is most important to you.
- Identify hidden obstacles and how to overcome them.
- Create a personal action plan for the direct route to your goal.
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