Happy New Year to You and Your Loved Ones!
Follow these tips to goal-making success!
DECIDE ON A GOAL: The first — and sometimes hardest — step to goal making is selecting a goal. So many people make the same resolutions each year: quit smoking, lose weight, get organized. And then they quickly abandon them. This year, ask yourself, “What do I really want? How can I make myself happier?” Brainstorm a bit and come up with five to ten ideas. Then select one or two to work on. The goal doesn’t have to be daunting; in fact, it should be realistically attainable.
WRITE IT DOWN: The next step to achieving your goal is to write it down. By doing this, you are making a commitment with yourself and are more likely to follow through. Only about 5% of the population writes down its life goals, which may be one of the reasons that at least 50% of people who set New Year's resolutions have abandoned them by the end of January and up to 90% call it quits by April.
As you write your goal, concentrate on the positive, and make it specific and attainable. Instead of one big daunting New Year’s resolution, try to list a series of smaller steps that will get you there in manageable increments. For example, if your resolution is to “try new things,” your list might break down into these tasks:
- introduce myself to one new person a week
- eat at one new restaurant per month
- take a continuing education class this spring
- join local book club
- listen to foreign language tapes in car
Also write down WHY you want to reach your goal. Once you reach it, how will your life improve?
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