Yesterday, 5: Clearly Defined Goals will Lead to Success (Why Not?!), we started a conversation about setting our new goals up for success. Today, we will continue in the same vein. Most people feel that “The New Year” is the perfect time to start fresh. If there are aspects of your life that you would seek to improve, set some clear and attainable goals for yourself that will help you get there.
Take It Slow
Work toward 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.
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 the toughest. Gather up your courage and enthusiasm to continue with your efforts. Remember that most people give up, but you are not most people, are you?
You are different because, unlike most people, you are going to create a clear and realistic plan to take you right to success. If you plan to lose 50 pounds, define how you are 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 will not lose the weight quickly. It is a steady loss that brings success. Even if you find that you are short a couple of pounds on one of your short-term goals, you can revise your plan and pick up the pace, or just continue on your path because you will reach your 50 pound goal before this year is out. That is what you will be able to accomplish with a solid plan in place!
Keep It Real
You have to stay realistic when it comes to your New Year’s goals. The holidays are a joyful time, and often times you will 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 will take you 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.
Visualize Your Outcome
When you run into snags in the road, as you are bound to in life from time to time, it will help if you can 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 are practicing the right attitude, you can go far. It is true that all you need to do is believe in yourself. You have probably realized that if you do not believe that you can accomplish something, you simply will not. 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!
Getting my education was difficult. There were a few scholarships that helped, but we were very poor, so there was not room for extras. And, sometimes those extras included finding a square meal.
In spite of all of the things that were not working right for me, I think my most valuable possessions were my faith, my belief in myself, and my positive attitude. Those things and the ‘why’ will save you from lying down and quitting many times.
Today, I feel confident that my goals are within reach and I take action to make them happen.
1. How can I work toward meeting my goals more quickly?
2. What do I need to do differently this year to keep my goals in perspective and on track?