Happy new year to you! Do you have any new year goal or not, the new year is always a great time for stock-taking and setting yourself on the right course you wish to chart.
In the words of Norman Vincent Peale, Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. The importance of having new year goals should never be unestimated but, what most people find challenging is the ability to follow through.
Here are my 5 tested and trusted ways you can stay resolute with your goals this new year.
Write It Down
Having your new year goals written is important but, most important, writing it down would help ensure you can execute your vision better. When goals are written, they make it possible for you to communicate clearly about them, optimise before or while implementing them, and also guide your thought process on ways to accomplish your set goals.
The age-old acronym SMART would help guide you in setting objectives for your new year goals. Be SMART about your new year goals and check that they are:
- Specific – Ensure you answer the 5 W’s of your goals (what, why, who, where, and which).
- Measurable – Answer the question of when your new year goals will be accomplished.
- Achievable – How attainable are your goals based on your present or expected situation?
- Realistic – Ensure your new year goals are realistic and relevant to you.
- Timely – When are you looking at achieving your set goals? This also spurs and motivates you into taking actions and accomplishing them.
Get people of like minds who can hold you accountable for your new year goals and also those you can do same for. The key thing to finding or choosing accountability partners is learning their strengths and weakness; it is also important to know yours.
Engage your accountability partner weekly or bi-weekly as your schedule permits, to go over the actions you are taking towards the set goals.
Constructive feedback is highly important here, be ready to receive and give it even when it doesn’t sound like what you want to hear at the moment.
I mentioned earlier about weekly or bi-weekly accountability sessions with your partner; it is also important you do this yourself. Ensure you have periodic checks and reviews for evaluating your performances. These would help ensure you are taking the best actions towards the set goals and help optimise where necessary.
Final Thoughts On Being Resolute About New Year Goals
Keep your new year goals, plan, and documentation interesting. This would make it a happy go-to document and motivational material all year round for you. If you find it tasking working on an all-year plan, you can create a bi-monthly or quarterly plan to help reach your goals.
Once again, happy new year to you; Let’s smash personal records this year.