This is, the time of year when we ponder on what our new year will encompass. These “thoughts” we typically refer to as resolutions. Unfortunately, the problem with resolutions is that are the results of thoughts that include: hopes, dreams and/or fantasies. Fortunately, goals are everything resolutions are…except with a plan to see them to fruition. Yes!
Your goals may include desired changes in your personal life, family, career, household, etc. If you have never set personal goals or have tried and failed, here are some tips to guide you on the road to success for an successful and great new year ahead.
- Consider your personal goal categories: Personal…Professional….Family/Relationships….Home/Environment.
- Note each category on a separate page in a journal or a yellow pad or in your computer. Now list your goals under each category title. Family members may want to make their own personal lists. Great!
- Speak them so they become real and not just something you have been thinking about. Speak them to a trusted friend or to yourself….aloud!
- Now work them by setting a plan as to what it takes to accomplish each goal. Set deadlines for the steps to completion. To not become overwhelmed, plan to work on one goal at a time. When it is going well, start on another goal. Continue to maintain the first goal(s).
- Mark deadlines in your personal calendar, electronically (portable) or in your computer, to aide in staying on target. Set small realistic steps to reach your final goal. Noting them helps to stay on track.
- Stay focused by keeping your goals where you will see them regularly as a reminder. Discuss them with a trusted friend/encourager. Take photos, if possible, to visually enjoy the journey. Who doesn’t like before & after photos? Acknowledge each completed step on the road to your success.
- Re-evaluate your goals periodically to adjust the timeline, alter the goal or drop it for another goal. Life changes. It’s okay to adjust or tweak your goals…after all they are your goals. Just don’t use this as a form of perfectionism and resulting procrastination!
- Celebrate each completed step to your goal and when the goal comes to fruition. Throw a party…invite me. I would love to share in this experience of accomplishment! You can do this. All it takes is a plan and your perseverance!
Go for it. You can do it and you deserve it!