It is the time of the year again where everyone will be busy setting their New Year’s resolutions, are you? Did you know, more than half of all resolutions fail. What about you, have you kept up to your resolutions? If your answer is no, read on for some tips to help you successfully achieve the goals set for yourself.
1. Goals should be SMART
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The SMART framework is pretty common, but not many of us deeply understand it. Here are some further details on our favourite elements:
Specific: Goals should be clear, and you would surely know when you hit it. For instance, if your goal is to learn coding, it’s best to list down the languages, certifications, and courses needed -- rather than a vague goal to just “learn to code”
Measurable: Ensure that you are able keep track of your progress so as to measure and celebrate small progress. Set smaller intermediate goals to give yourself the added boost or motivation to continue moving forward.
Achievable: Goals do not always have to be big, setting realistic and achievable goals. There is no point in setting big unrealistic goals that will only make you upset and unmotivated to keep up with the goal or set new goals in the future.
2. Write down your goals
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Writing down your goals gives you a sense of accountability and there might be a higher chance of you accomplishing it. Place your goals on places you can easily see them, for example, the fridge, your wardrobe so as to constantly remind yourself of your goals.
The most successful people have consistently shared that they verbalise their aims and objectives as a habit. This applies for not just the billionaires, but also everyday business leaders, as they have to ensure their team can visualise the mission for the year or time period. This might even turn into a good habit that puts you on a leadership trajectory!
3. Make your resolutions known to others
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Informing others about your resolutions allows others to hold you accountable and it will be harder for you to back out. So get your partner or best friend on board with you on your life journey, such that you can keep each other accountable on your 2021 goals.
Of course, it may be uncomfortable when you have to speak to each other about failing to hit those goals or progress targets, but it is only through such conversations that we grow as a person.
Let’s start the year right!
Do not be disheartened just because you did not achieve your 2020 goal last year, for it is never too late to start! After reading this article, it’s time to grab your notepad and start jotting down your 2021 goals! Let’s conquer 2021 together. 😄