Every time the clock strikes midnight on January 1st there are millions of people who start their resolutions to be healthier, be happier, and to make more money. These three tips will help you reach your personal goals in the year ahead.
1. Be realistic. Set a goal that you can stick to for the entire year. Good goals are built to last. When you set a goal, you will need to work hard every day and set smaller goals to reach for your longer term goal. You can build your confidence and self- efficacy by reaching smaller goals along the way.
2. Have fun. I once read a bumper sticker that said, “Enjoy the journey, it’s not just about getting to your destination”. I think this philosophy is important while you try to improve yourself. You will learn about yourself and feel better about if you take time to enjoy yourself along the way. Smile, enjoy time with friends, and splurge once and a while. Embrace life and keep a sharp focus on your goal.
3. Plan effectively. Take some time at the beginning of the year to create a written plan of the top 5 things you want to do in the coming year. Then list the first 3 steps you will use to get to each goal. Research shows that when you write down your goal you will more effective at reaching it.
Keep it simple. Set simple and realistic goals but fill in the details effectively. The details are the daily steps you will need to take to reach your goal. You will need to wake up in the morning and find time in every day to reach for your goal. Avoid getting sucked into a social media vortex, avoid staying comfortable in your bed on those cold mornings, avoid having that extra dessert that tastes so good, and get your sights set on your goal. Start today, continue tomorrow, and keep going all year. Be healthier … for your life™.