Goals–10 Tips to Help You Set New Year’s Resolutions
I want to be more goal-oriented. I think most of us do. It just takes some time, thought and planning…which at times may be more than any of us have to give, but I know if we do it we will be so proud later on, down the road when we look back on our life and ask ourselves, “what have I done?” We will have lists and lists of the things we have done. Trust me, we are already accomplishing many of the things that we WANT to do, but seeing that “thing” on a list and getting the chance to check it off will feel so good and almost makes it more memorable because we wrote it down.
With the New Year here you can set those resolutions and use our tips to make a plan to be successful with your goals for 2013! Here are ten tips to help you get started and on your way to success!
1-Brainstorm: Take the time to really think about what you want to achieve. Take the time to prioritize and think about the things that really matter.
2-WRITE: Just start writing. You may be stuck at first, but as you begin you will think of many things that you would like to accomplish.
3-Be realistic: Set goals that are realistic and attainable. I don’t mean to say that you shouldn’t shoot for the moon, but start out with things that are challenging, but that are also attainable. Stating, “I will win the million-dollar lottery,” is not a realistic goal because I have no control over that. Set things that are within your control and work to obtain them.
4-Post your goals where you will you see them: No more mental check-lists. You will be far more successful if you, first, write your goals down, and second, post them where they are seen on a regular basis.
5-Be specific: I sometimes steer clear of writing goals that are too specific because I already have a fear that I won’t accomplish it. I know, I am setting myself up for failure before I even begin. But, the more specific your goals are, the better. When you have a clear and specific goal you can better set your plan to accomplish that goal. Know what you want and go after it.
6-Tell a friend or family member: After you have set your goals, share them with friends and family. There is a great sense of motivation that comes when you have others to support you along the way. You also have someone other than yourself that you are going to be held accountable to.
7-Be diligent: Most of the good things in life require patience, diligence and perseverance. “There is no short term pay out for many things and showing diligence will develop one’s self into a better more disciplined character.”
8-Believe: Believe in yourself and the things you are capable of! Having a positive mindset is half the battle when accomplishing a goal. Don’t let your own self keep you from accomplishing your goals.
9-You never fail until you quit: Don’t give up because that is when you fail. If you give your whole heart and strive to obtain your goal and still don’t quite make it, you didn’t fail! I promise you are closer to that goal than when you started. Don’t be afraid to try again.
10-Find ways to measure your success: Every inch you move closer to obtaining that goal equals success. Be aware of the progress you are making along the way.
We wish you all the best as you set, work and accomplish your own goals. You can do it! Happy goal setting and Happy New Year!!
Do you set goals? If so, do you feel like you accomplish more when you write it down? What helps you stick to your goals?
Written by Amy Jensen
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