There are many negative connotations to ‘New Year’s Resolutions,’ because of these negative connotations I tend to use ‘Goals’ over ‘Resolutions’. ‘Resolutions’ means you resolve to do something but often times these resolutions are not achievable.
What makes a resolution or goal achievable?
There are many ways to make achievable goals, here are just four that I find the most valuable.
1. Make goals that are inspirational and motivational to you.
They have to be something that is truly important to you. If they are not important and you have no motivation to stick with them, then you won’t.
2. Set SMART Goals.
I think I first heard the this one while I was still in high school, so you may have heard of it before too. SMART goals means…
It is Specific
It is Measurable
It is Attainable
It is Relevant
It is Time Bound
Doing each of these things helps you stay on top of your goal and each step to achieve the end game. Making small measurable steps also helps you stay motivated because you will see movement and success better than if you started out with one very lofty jump.
3. Write down your goals.
If you do not write down your goals you’re not committing to them. Write a To-Do list. Set out a plan then stick to it.
4. Tell someone.
A huge part of sticking to a goal is by sharing it with family, friends, loved ones. By Sharing your goal you clearly define it and create some accountability.
What Goals have you set so far for 2018? How do you plan to achieve them?