It’s almost that time of year again… when everyone’s thinking about setting goals for themselves for the coming year. Perhaps you want to get into running, or you want to rent your own place, or maybe you just want to be happier and stress free. But what action does that statement actually translate into?
The sheer pressure that resolutions cause is something that isn’t spoken about enough, among all generations. Everyone should set themselves goals and motivations, but when it comes to resolutions, it’s not healthy or effective to say you will definitely do something or not. That’s just setting yourself up for disappointment if you don’t stick to it.
With research finding that only 8% of people achieve their resolutions, is it time to adopt new habits when it comes to setting ‘resolutions’? These are hard to achieve when they aren’t tangible results, so it’s important to start defining aims in a way that you can see the end result. Follow our steps below to set yourself more attainable goals, and grab my detailed yearly goal planner here.
Step One: Be Realistic
With goals, you will know yourself whether it is achievable or not, for whatever reason. So if you can’t see yourself meeting it then don’t put it on your list.
Alternatively, if you’d like to cut down on something then tell yourself that you’re only going to have it x times a month rather than saying you’ll stop altogether.
Step Two: Be More Descriptive
When setting goals, it is crucial that you think about how you are going to achieve them rather than just aspiring and having wishful thinking.
Write down a few things that you’d like to see yourself do over the next month or year, and then jot down a few bullet points as to how you could or will meet that goal. This way you won’t just be staring at a blank page not knowing where to start.
For example, if you want to get into running you might say “I want to run a 10k race at some point in the year, and will go out for a run at least twice a fortnight” or if you want to cut down on meat products “I am only going to eat meat twice a week at home, but I will let myself have it when I eat out”. Just little things like that to have more of an idea what your goals actually are.
Step Three: Set Only Two or Three Goals
Sometimes you can be hopeful and want to set yourself several things that you’d like to work on over the next year, but this can just lead to the same problems as mentioned above. Be more simplistic and only set yourself two or three things to work on.
This could make it easier to both stick to and achieve your goals, as you can place more effort and planning into just a couple of things.
Step Four: Set Timeframes and Milestones
It’s easy to set yourself a goal at the start of the year and then just hope it happens at some point throughout the year. However, if you try breaking your resolution into smaller chunks, where you can measure your success at various points throughout the year, this will allow you to stay on track more easily.
By setting out timescales for chunks of your goal you can stay more focussed, as you can say to yourself “by March, I want to have…”. This way you’ll be able to see if you’re on track for your overall goal and can make adjustments if not.
This can also take away the pressure of setting ‘yearly’ goals. If you don’t meet your goal or break your resolutions early on, don’t say to yourself ‘maybe next year’ but try it again the following month.
Generally, it’s important that you are honest with yourself when setting goals. If you don’t think you’ll be able to stretch yourself, then don’t dishearten yourself by setting yourself absolutes and instead start small.
Good luck with whatever you set yourself, but don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t meet your goals straight away!
Remember to use my in depth goal planner to really keep track of your goals and break them down into more manageable chunks.