Simple Guide to Setting Realistic Goals for the New Year
The New Year is the perfect time to start fresh. If there's any aspect of your life that you'd like to improve, set some clear and attainable goals for yourself that will help you get there.
Take It Slow
Work towards your goal one piece at a time. It's important to take it slow and not take on too much at once. The main reason that some people fail when it comes to their New Year's goals is because they fail to plan out a realistic path.
These are called micro-goals (This post explains what they are)
Follow Through With a Plan
It's easy to say: "I want to lose 50 pounds" or "I want to learn a musical instrument." Keep in mind that big goals like these will take some time and effort. Diets are hard to start because you may feel unmotivated or hungry. Musical instruments require time to master, and you may start with weeks of just learning notes before getting to any fun melodies.
Remember that the beginning is tough. Muster up the courage and enthusiasm to continue with your efforts. Remember that most people give up, but you're not most people, are you?
You're different because, unlike most people, you're going to create a clear and realistic plan to take you right to success. If you're going to lose 50 pounds, define how you're going to lose those pounds. Are you starting an exercise routine? Are you going to join Weight Watchers or count calories?
You know that you won't lose the weight quickly; it's a steady loss that brings success. Even if you're short a couple of pounds on one of your short-term goals, you can revise your plan and kick up the pace, or just continue on your path because you'll reach your 50 pound goal before the year is out. That's what you'll be able to accomplish with a solid plan in place.
You have to stay realistic when it comes to your New Year's goals. The holidays are a joyful time, and often times you'll feel motivated to achieve something big. Know that you can achieve big things, but there are also only 24 hours in a day.
Avoid making goals that would take more than a year to complete. If you want to make a long-term goal like this, break it up into parts and give yourself a realistic plan for your first year goal. (Remember the SMART methodology)
Visualize the Outcome
When you run into snags in the road, as you're bound to in life from time to time, it will help to visualize yourself reaching your end goal. Visualizing it makes it feel real and motivates you to continue to work hard to make it happen.
The Right Attitude
If you're practicing the right attitude, you can go far. It's true that all you need to do is believe in yourself. You've probably realized that if you don't believe that you can accomplish something, you simply won't. How can you expect to achieve great things if you don't believe in yourself?
An optimistic attitude is critical to your success. Think about how you felt when you first set your New Year's goal. Chances are that you had an excellent attitude, so try to maintain that mindset throughout your journey to success with your goal.
Once you've determined a realistic goal and divided it up into short, achievable tasks, you're bound for success as long as you take action to complete each step. Go ahead and make that New Year's resolution, knowing that this year is going to be your most successful yet!