When people think about making New Year’s resolutions, they often think of the big picture and set goals that become unattainable.
Instead of making a goal to lose thirty pounds by the end of the year, why not break down your goal into five small goals for the new year of losing ten pounds every two months. Here are 5 simple tips to help you achieve your goals in 2014.
1. Set Smaller Goals
Smaller goals are easier to stick with and accomplish than long range, larger goals.
These smaller goals are like stepping stones along a path. Follow each one and before you know it, you’ll have reached the end and succeeded in meeting your New Year’s resolution.
2. Know the What and Why
Be specific about the goals you want to accomplish. The more specific the goal, the more likely you will be to work hard at obtaining it.
Know what you want to accomplish and even why you want to accomplish it. If your reasons for wanting to do something aren’t strong enough, it will be easier to give up.
3. Make a Plan
Once you know what your goals are, you need a plan to make them happen.
Break down your goal into smaller steps you can take every day or every week.
For example, if you want to de-clutter, you might target one area of your home a week. This will help to prevent overwhelm.
4. Set a Deadline
A goal with no deadline is just a wish. If you want to know how to achieve your goals, you’re going to have to set a date by which you want to meet all of them. We all know things may eventually change, but setting a date in the first place is the best way to make sure you put in some real effort.
5. Write Your Goals Down
Be sure to read your goals everyday. When you see your goals written out, you’ll be much more likely to achieve your them than if they are hidden away in a file folder somewhere.
When you set five small goals for the New Year instead of one, your chances of success are much higher than having one large goal. Not only will you be able to measure how you’re doing, you can use the goals as a means to know where you are on the journey.