Goal Setting in 2019
Whatever your goal is for this year is – Improving your diet, having a better work/life balance, not staring at your smartphone so much or the ever recurring goal of… LOSING WEIGHT AND STAYING HEALTHY– the truth is…If you don’t stay focused, you won’t achieve your goal.
The desire to improve your quality of life is the one goal that everyone on the planet can agree on.
FACT: 45% of Americans usually set New Year’s Resolutions; 17% infrequently set resolutions; 38% absolutely never set resolutions. 24% (one in four people) NEVER succeed and have failed on every resolution every year. That means that 3 out of 4 people almost never succeed. (Inc. Magazine)
So…HOW DO I GET IT DONE?
Here’s some ways to increase your success rate in achieving your goals in 2019:
- KISS (KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID)
Most people fail before they even start because they start with huge overarching plans to “extreme makeover” their lives.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s great to have big dreams but your New Year Resolutions are not the place for that. Motivation can quickly give way to frustration if you aren’t careful so you need to break it down into smaller achievable first steps towards your goal.
Keep your list short. Maybe 3 things to get you going. If you attain them, great! Set new ones for the rest of the year. Take it one step at a time.
Then keep it simple. If you’re planning on eating healthier, start with changing ONE thing rather than going totally organic and vegan. It is much easier to follow a plan that says no potato chips, fries, or ice cream for six weeks. If you’re going to start exercising, start with 10 minutes at home rather than sign up for a gym membership you’ll probably end up not using.
- FRONT AND CENTER WITH YOUR GOAL
There’s no perfect way to do this, it depends on the individual. Some people keep their goal in a journal, some on a post-it note on their mirrors, others use calendars, others use “vision boards” and some like to share it on Facebook.
Whatever you decide to use, it has to be in a place that you can see so it keeps you accountable to yourself. Also, let someone else know what you’re planning. People who are close to you and care about you are a great source of support and will keep you accountable to your goals.
- YOU GOT THIS – BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Think about it, you’re among the minority group that actually HAS a goal. Most people don’t have one and don’t even care. So don’t beat yourself up for failures along the way. Pick yourself up and reassess your goals. Maybe it was overreaching and you need to trim your goal down to something you can manage better.
Just don’t give up. Failure isn’t final, it’s a learning experience. It’s only final if you never learn and decide to give up.