Have you set any goals for 2016 yet?
With the New Year often comes plenty of good intentions in the form of New Year’s resolutions and goals. But a few weeks (or months) into the year, our best laid plans can go awry. So what’s the point of setting goals for the year ahead when these so often go out the window?
Goal setting is actually one of the best things you can do to kick start your 2016. Not only will it help you focus, but will act as motivation to help you get to where you want to be.
Want to get started? Here are my 4 top tips for setting goals:
1. Write it down
Simply writing down your goals can have a real impact on your motivation and can act as a reminder of what you want to achieve. Write it down on paper and look at it every morning to motivate you to continue working towards your goal.
2. Give it time
A great way of defining your goal is to set a date you want to achieve it by. It is easy to get so excited about a goal that we want to achieve it as soon as possible, but if the timeline is too tight and you simply don’t have the time to dedicate, you may not end up achieving it in time. Goals should be uplifting and positive, not something that you are working towards to the detriment of other aspects in your life. Not achieving a goal can leave us feeling a bit deflated so be kind to yourself and allow yourself enough time to achieve your goal without rushing.
3. Keep it real
I firmly believe goals can be achieved no matter how big or small or far away they may seem. However, the best way to start working to your goals is to keep them real. Yes, you might want to learn French fluently in 3 months (nothing wrong with that!) but first ask yourself if you have the time to do this and how much do you know already? Moving from intermediate to fluent with plenty of free time might be doable but going from total beginner to fluent with one day to spare per week might not be realistic! It’s important to reflect on your goals once you’ve written them down and just make sure that they sit right with you.
4. Break it down
Breaking your goal down into smaller chunks is an excellent method to achieve that realistic, timely goal that you have written down. Think of your goal as an image at the top of a steep hill. Each step upwards is a small part of your goal. For example, say you want to go ahead and learn French fluently in one year. Your first step might be to purchase a French language book. Your second step might be to book on to an intensive language course and your third to join a conversation group, and so on.
So, if you want to get 2016 off to a high note now is the time to get started – Good luck!
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