Last year I was featured in an article for Bustle about how reach goals without experiencing burnount. But now It’s a new year and time to start fresh. What better way to do that than setting some goals? But how do you set goals that are achievable and realistic? Here are some tips to help you get started.
Determine what you want to achieve in the new year – be specific
The coming of a new year is the perfect time to set goals and determine what you want to achieve. Setting specific objectives and plans can help you stay focused and motivated. Challenges as simple as learning a new skill, improving your health, or even trying out a new hobby are all achievable goals that could bring lasting results. It’s important to undertake goals that are challenging enough to make steady progress, yet achievable within the timeframe given. To ensure success, break big goals up into smaller steps and be patient as you work towards your target.
Set realistic goals that you can actually accomplish
Setting realistic goals is a key part of achieving any kind of success. Instead of aiming for unrealistic ambitions, look at the resources available to you and consider what is achievable given those limitations. Break big objectives down into smaller pieces, and prioritize tasks so that you don’t get overwhelmed. If you set yourself up with achievable goals, it will not only be a lot easier to stay motivated but you’ll also end up feeling far more accomplished when each goal is met. An example is working out. If you set a goal to work out daily for an hour, but weren’t doing that the year before, it may be helpful to consider the reasons why and if that goal is truly attainable for you. By taking steps in the direction of your dream destination, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant they may seem, eventually, all those successes add up to something very rewarding.
Make a plan of action for how you’re going to reach your goals
Making a plan of action to reach your goals is essential for achieving long-term success. Start by breaking down the end goal into achievable steps and setting deadlines for each step. Evaluate the feasibility of the timeline and adjust if necessary to ensure the steps are realistic. If a given task seems too daunting, try splitting it up into even smaller chunks or delegating some responsibilities to others in order to be more efficient. Going back to the example of working out, maybe on one hour at a gym isn’t sustainable because let’s face it, life be “life-ing” on life’s terms! Instead, it may be reasonable to see what days of the week are gym days, and what other days may be days where you commit to moving your body in some way. Additionally, create a system that can easily track progress and stay motivated – perhaps a chart filled with incentives as you check off each project or reward yourself every time you move forward! With this strategy in place, you’ll be able to efficiently reach your goals with dedication and hard work.
Hold yourself accountable by telling others about your goals and checking in regularly
Holding yourself accountable is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to achieving success. When you have a goal, telling others can serve as a huge motivator because having support from those around you is essential. And through having accountability partners or mentors, they will make sure that you stay on track and follow your goals. Checking in regularly with yourself and others allows you to remain focused, stay motivated, and provided feedback on what needs to be improved upon if you’re not making progress. Additionally, the more honest feedback that is given, the more likely it is that your goals will be met. In conclusion, holding yourself accountable by telling others about your goals and checking in regularly boosts motivation and increases the chances for success.
Celebrate your accomplishments along the way!
Celebrating yourself and your accomplishments is an important part of reaching any goal, big or small. Whether it’s getting a promotion at work, forming a new habit, or finally signing up for that yoga class you’ve been wanting to try – recognize and celebrate these successes as they come! Why not get yourself a little treat – maybe a nice evening out with friends – to show appreciation for all your hard work? Taking the time to recognize the individual achievements along the journey not only keeps you motivated throughout, but it also ensures that you enjoy the process and make more meaningful connections throughout. So what are you waiting for? Celebrate and appreciate yourself today!
Achieving your goals is possible with the proper amount of planning and dedication. Set yourself up for success by being specific about what you want to achieve, making realistic goals, and having a plan of action. Be sure to hold yourself accountable along the way by telling others about your progress and regularly checking in. Remember to celebrate your accomplishments too! If one of your goals for the new year is to improve your emotional wellness, consider adding therapy to your routine. Our team at Unload It Therapy can help you reach your goals through our online platform that connects you with a licensed therapist who specializes in issues like anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, and more. Contact us today to get started on achieving all of your goals this year!