It is already 4th of January 2016. Four days into the New Year.
Have you got your goals written yet?
Most people call them New-Year-resolutions. That sounds a bit like New-Year-Wishes to me.
That’s why I prefer the term Goals.
New Year is always a magical time. We promise ourselves, that this New Year will be different:
-we will save money
-we will lose weight
-we will find love (If you have not found it yet)
At midnight, when the clock strikes midnight, we are full of ideas and visions. We drink champagne and wish ourselves, everything what is best in the coming year.
I challenge you now, to write your ideas and vision down. The moment you start doing that, you will start formulating a plan in your head to achieve them. Write this plan down too.
This process has two main purposes:
-by declaring your goal, your everyday activities get more meaning; you are more likely do things that allow you to get closer to achievement of your goals.
-by writing your goals down, your decision making process improves. Once you have your goal, making decisions is simple – whatever you are just about to do, moves you closer to your goal or pushes you away from it. Let’s take savings, for example. If your goal is to save money, you will be less likely to spend money frivolously. You will question each spending, asking – is it a necessity or a luxury? Do I need it right now? Do I need it at all in the first place?
To set goals in the most effective way, there are some tips, which I encourage you to follow. I’m sure you have heard about SMART goals before.
SMART stands for:
S – Specific (what is it exactly you want to achieve?)
M-Measurable (How are you going to measure it)
A-Achievable (is it possible to achieve it at all?)
R-Realistic (are you willing to work towards achieving it?)
T-Time bounded (when do you want to achieve it?)
Let’s take ‘saving money’ goals, for example:
– SPECIFIC – I want to save some money, I think about £100
– MEASUARBLE – Yes, £100 is a measure
– ACHIEVEABLE – Yes, £100 is % of my monthly income.
– REALISTIC – Yes, after I Have reviewed my spending habits, I am sure I can save this money
– TIME BOUNDED – I want to save £100 by the end of February 2016
Remember, time will never be just right to start working towards your goals.
But the starting point is: YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE!
Let me finish with this quote: life without goals is like a race with no finish line; you’re just running to nowhere. I don’t know who said that, but was surely right. Without a goal you are simply wasting your time.
And as Tasha Huggett says: You must never doubt your ability to achieve anything, become anything, overcome anything and inspire everything.
You have, within you, all you need to achieve your goals.
To your happiness