It’s that time of year again. The time when we reflect on the past and look forward to a new year with hope, anticipation, and excitement. We set goals for ourselves in January so that we can focus our energy on what matters most to us. But how do you set realistic goals? In this blog post, I’ll share three tips for setting achievable goals so you can start your New Year off right!
Write Them Down and Post Where You Can See Them
If you want to accomplish new goals, write them down! Studies show that writing your goals and dreams down increases the chance of success. According to a study published in Psychological Science, individuals who wrote their goals and monitored their progress were more likely to achieve those goals than those who just thought about them informally or kept them as unwritten aspirations. Posting them on your wall, on the fridge, or in a visible place will also help you stay focused.
Make Them Specific and Measurable
When writing new year’s resolutions it can be tempting to just say “lose weight” because that feels like an attainable goal for most people at this time of year. But what does losing weight mean exactly? How much weight do you want to lose? What time frame are you giving yourself to achieve this goal? These are all important factors to consider when making a specific and measurable goal.
For example, your new year’s resolution could be “I will lose five pounds by the end of January.” This is a specific and measurable goal that is achievable within the time frame given. Break Them Down Into Smaller Goals
One of the best ways to achieve your larger goals is by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable goals. When you’re trying to lose weight, for example, don’t think about it as a huge undertaking that will take months or years to complete. Break it down into weekly or monthly goals instead. This way, you’ll be able to track your progress and stay motivated along the way.
Find An Accountability Partner
An accountability partner is someone who helps you stay on track with your goals. They can be a friend, family member, or coworker. When you have someone to report back to and share your progress with, it makes it easier to achieve your goals. If you have a goal of waking up early to run every morning, tell your partner when you plan to wake up and ask them to hold you accountable. This way, they’ll know if you skip a day and can help motivate you to get back on track.
We hope that these suggestions can serve as a guide to help you make more realistic, feasible, and measurable New Year’s resolutions. We wish you the best of luck in achieving all of your new objectives for 2022!