I’m sure you made a list of goals for 2016. But, how do you plan to make them happen? Sometimes, it can be more challenging than you think, which is why I’ve complied a list of eight tips for how to accomplish your goals. You’ll wake up feeling blissful knowing you’ll be able to meet all your goals for the year.
Write Them Down:
Write them down multiple times on paper, and place them in an area that you’ll be forced to see them everyday. This way, you’ll be constantly reminded of your goals, and you’ll be more likely to accomplish them. I also recommend creating a vision board. Putting goals with images and in writing can help you decipher what matters most to you.
Don’t Overwhelm Yourself:
You don’t need to have a list of 20 goals. I consider this to be unproductive. Why? Goals take hard work and effort, and you’ll feel more stressed if you’re staring at a HUGE list of things you want to accomplish. Where do you start? How do you prioritize what’s most important? Instead, focus on a smaller list of goals that mean the most to you.
“Be healthier” isn’t going to cut it. Do you want to drink more water every day, try a new workout three days a week, or cut out processed foods? This is important because it’s easier to track a quantifiable goal. Going with the processed foods example: Mark down each day where you go without eating processed foods, and you’ll be able to track your results throughout 2016.
Create A Plan:
“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” If you feel strongly about working out three days a week, you need to take it as seriously as you would take your job. You plan to go to work Monday through Friday, you can plan to go to the gym, or workout at home for an hour. If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not important, you’ll make an excuse.
If you’re a person who loves having different, unrelated goals, make sure they’re categorized. One column has your health goals, another column has your financial goals, and another column has your miscellaneous goals. However, be mindful not to make too many goals to the point where you can’t follow through (i.e. see tip “Don’t Overwhelm Yourself.”)
Set A Goal to Set More Goals:
Instead of creating a master list of goals for the new year, set two small goals. Schedule when you want to successfully accomplish this by (it takes 66 days to begin a new habit). When those 66 days are up, add a new goal to your list while keep up with your previous goals. Repeat the process throughout the year. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is when you break goals down.
Keep Yourself Accountable:
I’m not saying you should punish yourself if you miss the gym one day because you weren’t feeling well. But, you should plan to make up for that missed workout. Just like work, if you take off, you eventually have to make up the work. The same goes for your goals. If you miss a day at the gym, you have to pencil it in to make it up.
Don’t Hate Yourself If You Miss The Mark:
If your goal was to save an extra $4,000 in the first half of the year, but you only saved $3,000, that’s okay. You still saved money. Maybe there were unexpected costs (health issues, home fixes, etc.) where you needed to dip into that savings. Remember that you’re human, and life has unexpected twists. You cannot control every situation. Make the most of it, and move forward.
What are your goals for 2016? Make sure to leave a comment below!