6 Ways to Crush Your Goals for the New Year
It is that time of the year again, when many people reflect over the past year and set goals for the new year. Unfortunately, only a few people who set goals at the beginning of the year actually follow through with them. Believe it or not, many people stop working towards their goals in less than one month after setting them. Instead of looking at why people don’t stick to their goals, let’s look at how you can CRUSH your goals this year.
- Significance Makes It Stick If you want to accomplish your goals, you have to attach meaning to them. It can be tempting to replicate the goal of someone who is successful and hope to receive the same results. However, if your reason for setting a goal isn’t something you feel passionate about or driven to do, it will be difficult to invest your time, energy, or money into achieving it. When it comes to setting goals, don’t worry about the Smith’s, focus on your passion
- If You Want It, Put a Pen to It Studies show that individuals who put their goals down in writing have a better chance of achieving them. Writing things down helps you to get really clear on what you want and own what you are trying to achieve. When you write your goals down it is like making a commitment to yourself.
- Create a Vision Board They are fairly inexpensive and fun to make. Take the goals that you have written down for yourself, find pictures that represent the goals, dab on a little glue, and place the pictures in a way that is meaningful to you on a board of your choice. Include pictures that give meaning to your goals, and words that inspire you. Place your vision board in a place where you can see it daily.
- Establish a Deadline Establishing deadlines helps to give you a timeframe to achieve your goals. Not giving yourself a deadline can decrease the sense of urgency in meeting your goal. This can result in procrastination, which in the end, can result in the goal not being met at all. Create an overall deadline for your goal, but be sure to implement daily goals and benchmarks to give you a sense of success and to keep you motivated.
- Break Large Goals Into Smaller Goals It can be very overwhelming thinking about the end result of a large goal. In fact, it can be so discouraging that it causes many people to abandon their goals prematurely. Breaking your large goals down into small everyday action plans will lessen your feelings of anxiety and help you to stay focused on meeting your goals daily.
- Celebrate the Small Victories Do you want to increase your motivation? When you break your goals down into bite size action plans, pencil in benchmarks where you will celebrate your successes. When you celebrate reaching your benchmark, your brain will release dopamine, which will in turn will make you want to repeat what you did so you can feel good again.