How many times have we said, “New Year, new me”? Yet, by the end of the year, it seems that what has been done isn’t enough. As we all know, old habits die hard. So here are five things that could help you achieve your goals this year:
1. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals.
Define and measure your goals. Know your deepest WHY. Setting your goals in this parameter will make your goals more realistic rather than ideal. Also, putting a timeframe on your plans avoid being overwhelmed, complacency and procrastination. So set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely goals.
2. Progressive consistency is key.
It doesn’t have to be perfect. 10%, 30%, 80% is better than 0%. 100% is not the goal. Progress over perfection. Again, progressive consistency is key.
3. Be Accountable.
Having an accountability partner in your goals doesn’t make them the boss over your goals, but to partner with you in committing and reminding you of your responsibilities when you are going astray of your plans!
In the middle of achieving your goals, we tend to lose focus and rhythm, get distracted and dysfunctional. It is good to do something that will refresh you and take breaks when needed. After which, start again to where you stopped and continue towards your targets.
5. Celebrate even the smallest win.
Giving credit to yourself motivates you to continue. Celebrating doesn’t have to be lavish. It is about reminding yourself that you are on your way to the success that you have set and be reminded that what you do gives meaning and purpose to your greatest WHYs.