The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. – Melody Beattie
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Happy new year, beautiful people!
With a new year, comes along a lot of hoopla and the same ol’ mindset of starting afresh to get [big and exciting] things done. However, with that, means preparation is key, and sometimes, unfortunately, we fall short of our targets because of lack of planning on our end.
That is why making goals are so needed and important – to create a process to achieve the end goal. So many of us have missed our own boats countless times because we have never sat down to map out what it is we want (I’m preaching to myself now!). Or even if we do, we may share our goals with others and receive a mediocre response that gets us down and out.
Now what’s more important – your goal or others’ opinions of your goal? You may have shared your intentions with someone – possibly someone important to you – and expected their enthusiasm to be at the same level as yours. You may have even been crushed when you were met with a less than encouraging response. But don’t be. It’s not for anyone else to understand or validate your goals. That’s on YOU! Ultimately, you are in charge of whether or not YOUR goals are achieved.
When creating your goals (for 2019 and beyond), be certain those goals are:
Specific – your goal should be clear and understandable of your intentions; get down to the nitty gritty of what the expected outcome should be.
Measurable – this will be your metrics of how you will gauge when you are in process to reach your goal. For example, it could (and should) be defined in terms of time(line), monetary, people, location, etc.
Actionable/Attainable – will you be able to work to achieve this goal? Could you break it down to smaller goals so that you can achieve the bigger picture? Do you have the proper resources to complete the goal?
Relevant – based on everything you have going on in your life, weigh whether or not working towards this goal makes sense for you. If it will not benefit you within the immediate future, maybe that goal is not best suited for now, but if you can confirm that it’s no longer applicable to your desires then doing away with the goal maybe best.
Timely – give yourself deadlines! Think about it – most times, people are more proactive to complete their tasks when they know there is a timeline/due date associated with it. When there is no pressure to get things done, they don’t get done. Let’s break the cycle.
Studies say that only a measly 8% of people actually achieve their goals. What’s their secret sauce? Simply put, they focus and do the work! In addition, they start with the end in mind, are specific with their goals, recognize and stop themselves when they are procrastinating, and have accountability. It’s my goal to be and stay within the 8%!
Goals shouldn’t be worrisome or overwhelming. Regardless of the “difficulty level” to accomplish it, you should always find joy in achieving the goals you set out for yourself because you own it. They don’t own you … and no one else owns them on your behalf. Focus and get to work.
Have you created your goals for 2019 and got to work to achieve them? Let me know in the comments below.
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