Achieving Your Goals and Objectives:
Three Tips for New Year’s Success
If you struggle with goals and objectives or New Year’s resolutions, you’re not alone.
Statistics Brain reports that 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, and only 8 percent succeed in achieving their goals.
The same article points out that 24 percent fail on their resolutions year after year.
The problem is that people think of goals as something they “have to do.”
They would succeed more if they realized that goal-setting and goal-achieving can be fun.
Here are three tips for having fun making – and keeping – resolutions, whether at New Year’s or throughout the year.
Three Goal Setting Strategies
1. Adopt a goal that you really want
Most people who set New Year’s resolutions want to lose weight, get organized, or to spend less and save more money.
It’s easy to look at those and think “starvation, boredom, and misery.” What a bummer!
If your goal is something other people think you should do or that you think you should do, that might not be enough reason to follow through.
Take the time to rethink your goal, and ask yourself if you’re really on board with it. (Check out my book, The Power of Goal Setting (http://s630861351.onlinehome.us/goals/), for goal-setting templates and worksheets.)
If you want to commit to a goal that doesn’t appeal to you, because you know you need it, you’ll need to work on changing your feelings and emotions around that goal to help you embrace it fully.
Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for self-sabotage and failure.
2. Get clear on your path.
What is it going to take to reach that life goal?
I had a high-school student in one of my goal-setting workshops who wanted to take guitar lessons. She had nagged her parents incessantly, but they didn't provide the support she felt she needed.
When she got clear on her path, she found a way to buy her guitar and pay for her own lessons, giving her a stronger sense of accomplishment and commitment that she probably would have had if her parents had just given her the lessons.
Know what you need to do to achieve your goal:
- What do you need to learn?
- Who will you need to bring onboard for help and/or support?
- What commitment of time and resources will you make?
- What exactly do you want to do? Hint: Not just “lose weight” but “lose 20 pounds.” If you don’t know the finish line, how will you know you’ve won the race?
3. When you achieve your goal, celebrate!
Use short-term and long-term rewards to keep yourself motivated all along the way.
When you reach milestones, celebrate with some reward that helps you feel how special the occasion is. Have a written list of rewards to choose from. They don’t have to be pricey, just something you enjoy. Here are some rewards that help motivate me:
- Chocolate (very dark and organic – that makes it medicinal)
- Going for a walk
- Spending time with a friend
- Candlelight dinner
- Bubble bath
Go bigger with rewards for hitting a major milestone or reaching your goal. Maybe an evening at the movies, concert tickets, a day in the outdoors. Keep your list handy so that it can help you stay on track.
Setting and Achieving Your Goals
The key to taking your dreams off Someday Island and getting them on the Road to Success is to make your goals work for you and help yourself work toward your goals.
These suggestions are a small part of my book, The Power of Goal Setting. The book contains a complete program for setting and achieving your goals and resolutions, along with worksheets and templates for goal-setting clarity. You can also email me about a workshop.
And if you have an important life goal that’s giving you trouble, let’s set up a free strategy session , so that you can make progress. I’m trained as a life coach and hypnotherapist, so I have a number tools to help your goal setting and goal achievement.
Statistics Brain says, “People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions.” Be among the 8 percent who succeed.
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