Setting Realistic New Year Goals

The start of a new year is the perfect time to set your goals for the upcoming twelve months. We reflect on what worked or did not work in our lives or business the past year and set intentions for things we want to achieve in the coming year. Unfortunately, unrealistic goals impede progress and can be downright demoralizing when you fail to hit your target. Here are some tips on how to set realistic New year goals. The first step to setting realistic goals is choosing specific goals that align with your values and have personal significance. Instead of selecting a vague goal, focus on something more specific that you can realistically aim for and choosing a clear, achievable goal also allows you to plan precisely how you will achieve your goal throughout the year.

After knowing your goals for the year, the next thing is to write them down and review them periodically. People who write down their goals have a greater sense of accountability and have a much higher chance of accomplishing them. Goals not written down quickly fail, so write them out, not anywhere. Keep your list of new year goals where you will see them often, so you can review your progress and recommend consistently.

Rather than setting a big goal that includes many steps, work on framing your resolutions as smaller goals that can be reasonably achieved. Sometimes, the overwhelming stigma of a new year’s resolution brings the pressure of change; therefore, try to work on small achievements before reaching bigger ones. Achieving a small goal can boost your confidence; for bigger goals, break them down into manageable chunks to work on individually. Taking on too many things at once can be intimidating, and this can be difficult because establishing new patterns of behavior takes time and long-term effort. Focusing on a specific goal makes maintaining a resolution much easier to achieve.