A goal without a plan is just a wish
The turn of a new year in upon us and, like a lot of people, I’ve written a number of new Years resolutions for myself in 2019. In years gone by, I’ve managed to achieve some goals and fail on others. Looking back at my successes and failures, there is a clear reason I have achieved the successful goals.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish”
Simply saying that you are going to do a particular thing is not always enough. Not only do you have to put in the effort to achieve something, you should also put in the groundwork – right at the start – to ensure that you achieve the end goal.
Here’s my five tips to help make those 2019 resolutions a reality:
1. Make your Resolutions SMART goals.
In brief, here’s the general outline to make your goals SMART ones:
Strategic – Write your goals clearly and concisely.
Measureable – Be sure that you can track your progress.
Achievable – Set goals that are achievable – not “pie in the sky”.
Relevant – Create goals that are relevant to your overall “life” plan.
Timely – All goals must have a timeline attached.
2. Break your larger goals into smaller achievable “chunks”.
It’s hard to stay on track to achieve goals that are large or take a long time to attain. Break the large goals into smaller pieces – this way, you can celebrate the little successes along the way and keep your motivation up.
3. Set aside time each day to work on or review your goals.
This is the big killer of New Years resolutions – we forget about them or we don’t put enough effort into making them a reality. Make time in your schedule to look over your goals and plans to ensure that you stay on track and “attack” a small part of a goal every day.
4. Make changes to your lifestyle a habit, not just a one-off change.
People who set weight loss goals as their New Years resolutions often tend to fail (myself included) because they don’t change their habits. They exercise or diet temporarily and, once the goal is achieved, go back to their old ways and all the progress is lost.
I know this only too well – In 2017, through hard work and dieting, I achieved my goal weight. But, in 2018, with several changes in my life during the year, I slipped back into my old ways and gained back all the weight I had lost. I had made temporary changes to my lifestyles to achieve my goal and not changed my habits.
5. Give yourself rewards along the path.
At times, achieving a large goal can seem a long way off. Rewarding yourself along the road is key to staying the path and making it to the end. Treat yourself to some R & R along the way. This could be a weekend away with a loved one or a movie night with the kids. Life is too short – enjoy it and have some fun while kicking those goals.
I’m writing this post just two short days before the New Year so my personal challenge right now is to look at each resolution I’m making and, using the above, lay out a road map to make sure that I can get there for each. I’ll be blogging throughout the new year – part of one of my resolutions – so I’ll be holding myself accountable for some of my goals online.
I wish you all success and happiness in 2019 – it’s going to be a great year!
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