2015 is almost over, and that means it’s time to set those New Year’s goals. Now, unfortunately, most New Year’s goals fall by the wayside within a few weeks. If you’re really committed, maybe they’ll last a month or more. It’s time to change all that. Don’t make goals this year that fail quickly. Instead, get a plan in place now and watch in amazement as 2016 finally becomes the year you achieve your goals. You can do it.
Begin with a Positive Mindset
Before you set your goals this month, make sure you’re in the right frame or mind. You need to think creatively and confidently about your New Year’s goals. Don’t sell yourself short. Go after what you really want—even if it seems incredibly difficult. Follow these tips for getting in the right mindset and overcoming negativity.
Start from Neutral
Don’t start your goals with “ should.” “ Shoulds” are full of guilt and shame and will make you less likely to accomplish what you really want. Instead, reframe your New Year’s goals with “ will” and “ can” and “ want.” Keep an open and clear mind and go after what you want not what you think you should want.
Write Your Goals Down
After reading this blog, don’t just keep your goals in your mind. No. You need to write your goals down on a piece of paper, on your computer, or in your phone. Writing down your goals makes them tangible and will help you remember your plan and keep it in the forefront of your mind. Also, when you write your goals down, it’s more difficult to later say, “ Well, that wasn’t really a goal.”
Set Realistic and Attainable Goals
When it comes to New Year’s goals, set realistic expectations for yourself that can actually be achieved. The last thing you need to do is say, “ I want to get married and have a kid in 2016.” That’s a very difficult goal, especially if you’re still single. And don’t set huge goals that are easily out of your reach, “ I want to save 20 thousand dollars.” Instead, make goals such as, “ I will go out at least one night every week to meet new people and open myself up to the possibility of love” or“ I will set aside $100 from every paycheck to start saving up money to buy a house.”
Make Your Goals
Measurable and Timely Goals that can’t be quantified are unhelpful. Saying, “ I should lose weight,” doesn’t actually give you anything to work toward. Instead, be specific and give yourself a weight, inch, or food goal that you can work toward. “ I will lose twenty pounds by April 1.” The second goal gives you a specific weight, 20 pounds, as well as a time to achieve it by, April 1.
Create an Action Plan
New Year’s goals are just ideas until you create a plan to achieve them. If you want to work out more, and you know you struggle with the idea, then you need to create a plan to make it happen. Don’t just join the gym. Ask a friend to keep you accountable, sign up for classes, or sign up for a marathon that will encourage you to continually work out. If you want to write a book, plan out how much writing you need to accomplish weekly to make it happen.
2016 can be the best year you’ve ever had. You can achieve all of your New Year’s goals if you think about them in the right way. Now, it’s time to get planning!