It’s that time of the year again when we start thinking about the New Year and what we want to do, achieve or experience.
The start of a New Year is a great time to clarify our priorities, eliminate what’s not essential, and refocus on what truly matters to us. Kicking off a year on a good note can often set us up for a great year.
There are a number of things I do at the start of each year, which includes:
- Complete a full review of the year gone.
- Eliminate things from my environments, especially my physical environment.
- Set new goals.
- Create quarterly, monthly and weekly plans to achieve my goals.
- Get on with doing what’s required to achieve my goals.
It’s common for me not to achieve all my goals each year, but without goals, I wouldn’t feel a sense of progress or accomplishment. There are things I have learned that have made a huge difference in how many of my goals I actually achieve.
Here are five things that, if applied, will increase our chances of achieving the goals we set this year. None of these ideas are complicated or difficult, however they will require a certain level of discipline to consistently apply. The rewards will outweigh the effort that’s required to apply these ideas.
- Don’t set new goals without reviewing past or current goals. It’s pointless to continue setting new goals without reviewing the goals we had set previously. Sometimes changes in our lives may result in certain goals being unimportant, so upon review, we can let go of those goals. Reviewing our goals can also reveal patterns of behaviour in terms of how much effort we put into achieving our goals.
- Ensure new goals are aligned to your overall life purpose or mission. Our goals must have meaning and purpose. And the best way to ensure that is the case is by being clear on what our overall life purpose or mission is. When our goals are aligned to our life purpose, they will inspire us to keep going when things get difficult and will be a lot more rewarding when we do achieve them.
- Set goals beyond your current competence. Our goals should challenge us to grow and go beyond what we are capable of doing. If we aren’t willing to stretch ourselves, then we’ll remain at our current level of competence and achievement. Bigger goals will require us to develop new skills, acquire new knowledge and form new habit or behaviours.
- Don’t set singular goals. In the past, I have set one-off goals, like a weight-loss goal, and when I achieved it, I found myself asking, “Now what?” If we don’t have a succession of goals, our accomplishments will be short-lived because we won’t have the next challenge or goal to focus on. For every goal we set, we must know what will happen next once we achieve it.
- Schedule time for your goals in your calendar. Our goals will not become a reality without some form of action. Of course, there are exceptions to this, but those are very rare. As most of us are time poor, unless we schedule time for our goals, they will quickly fade away as life happens. While it may not be necessary to focus on all our goals every week, we must allocate time each week for our most important goals.
Setting new goals can be very exciting and motivating, but that can be short-lived if we don’t apply the ideas mentioned above. If we are serious about achieving our goals this year, then we must be willing to continue doing the things that have worked for us in the past and change what has not worked for us.
Question: What is something else we need to know when setting new goals this year?
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