As we say goodbye to 2016 and step into the New Year 2017, it’s the time for us to reflect on the past and think of what lies ahead.
It’s the time to celebrate the accomplishments and all the goals we managed to achieve and the dreams we could realize. It’s THE time to pat yourself on the back all the hard work, the courage, the determination that went into achieving those goals.
It’s also the time when we ponder over the misses and the commitments we couldn’t keep.
While there’s a no dearth of articles telling you how or how not to set the New Year resolutions, there are few points that sum up of everything what experts have say.
Here are few handy tips that will help you to not only set realistic New Year goals, but also make sure that you achieve them.
- Plan Ahead: It will be great if you sit and think of the things that matter to you. Understand what you wish to create and achieve, and what exactly you aim for. Reflect on the last year as a benchmark and see how far you have come. Don’t go overly enthusiastic and create unrealistic goals that will baffle you. It feels great to aim for becoming a billionaire in one year. Not that it’s impossible, but you might be setting yourself for quite an uphill battle.
- Create Smart Goals: Smart stands for Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely goals. Adopting the SMART concept to goal making is applicable to both your personal and professional life. Avoid anything vague or unrealistic. The more specific your goals are, the better are the chances of your achieving them. You wish to lose weight is a great thought, but identifying how many pounds you wish to shed will be a better, more specific goal.
- Set a Timeline: Break your larger into smaller steps that will lead you towards the bigger goal. For example, I wish to become slimmer is an unspecific as well as untimely goal. If you say you wish to lose 20 pounds by the first half of the year is a better, smarter goal – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. Set the timeline and stick with them come what may. Promising yourself not to give up and stay put will allow get you closer towards your goals.
- Anticipate Challenges: Setting goals is probably the easiest part of goal making. Working towards achieving them requires considerable amount of grit and determination and real hard work. Being realistic both about your goals and the accompanying challenges will help you to stay on track and not give up. Losing weight means you will have to cut down on all your junk food & start exercising and will require a considerable amount of work. If you are aware of the challenges beforehand, you are less likely to give up.
- Stay Committed: Setting objectives, anticipating the hurdles, and yet staying committed to your goals is what will help you realize and achieve your goals. There will be tough times, some adjustments to be made, and a lot of resistance and pain in accepting the new normal, however, understanding that giving up is just not an option will help you tide away the difficult phases and come as a winner at the end.
What goals have you set for the New Year resolutions for 2017 and how do you plan to stay committed to them? Tell us in the comments below.