Do you prepare for the New Year in December? I’m not talking about making New Year resolutions that are only likely to last for a couple of weeks. I am talking about deciding what you want to achieve AND making an action plan. I am talking about putting things in place to make sure you are successful in meeting your goals.
I used to make New Year resolutions. Like most people I used to have the attitude of starting a New Year the way I mean’t to continue. It rarely worked for me, and it rarely works for the majority of people. I can almost bet on the resolutions that rarely get met as well. Loosing weight, eating more healthily, taking time for yourself, going to the gym or doing more exercise in general, and doing something to improve your work situation are all top of the list.
I’m not saying these goals can’t be achieved, just they are not likely to be if you don’t do some preparation. The following tips will help you prepare for the New Year and increase your likelihood of success:
Big dreams are all well and good, and there is certainly a place for them. However for goals that you actually will be working on over the next few months it is important that they are realistic. These can be part of a longer, bigger plan, of course, but the one you are currently working towards needs to be achievable.
For example, I would love to be earning £10,000 per month before the end of the year. Is that achievable? Well yes I know that it is possible to earn that amount online. I might even be able to do that in a year. Realistically though it is much more likely that I will be able to make it to £2500 per month within a year. That doesn’t mean I won’t try to increase my earnings to that level as soon as possible. I also have the option to increase that goal if I manage to make target sooner than expected.
Some people will argue about this one. They say to go as big as you can as quickly as you can. In my humble opinion and experience though small, consistent progress is much more likely to be maintained. When you set small goals you achieve them faster which helps with motivation to continue. Certainly from a personal perspective I can say I have achieved much more since I ditched the go, go, go, crash and burn approach.
Make a Commitment
This is a little more difficult to actually put in place in my opinion. I know when I made New Year resolutions in the past I felt like I was making a commitment. Research shows though that writing things down and sharing with others increases the level of commitment. That is just one of the reasons I write a blog 😉
Put Support in Place
Related to the make a commitment step it is a good idea to put support in place. This can be all sorts of things including developing a daily routine, asking friends or family etc to keep you accountable, joining a group or forum, writing a dairy. All of these things provide support and again research shows they make a big difference.
Review and Update
This is perhaps the most important step in the whole process. It is a way to remind yourself of your goal and consider your progress. Those who do not review and update are much more likely to go off on a tangent, get distracted and ultimately stop working on their goals. The review process is one that keeps you on track, but also helps to identify problems and overcome them. It provides a chance to adjust plans, add support, renew a commitment or even to make a decision not to continue. Ultimately having a regular review stops goals from just sliding off your radar or putting them on the long finger.
Keep Starting Again
Should you at any point realise that you have stopped working towards your goal ask yourself if you still want to achieve it. If yes then just keep starting again. Life gets in the way of a lot of goals, but when you simply start again you will continue to move towards that goal. There is no benefit to saying you have failed in this situation, unless you actually want to stop. Those who achieve their goals either don’t stop, or just keep starting again.
I hope you have found this post useful. A very big thank you to all who read, comment and share this post – I couldn’t keep blogging without you 🙂
Good Luck with your own goals for the New Year – May you smash through them all 😉
Wishing you a wondrous, fulfilling, healthy and very happy New Year!