The New Year is just around the corner, and we all know what that means. . . it’s time to start thinking about our 2021 goals.
Whether you’re excited for the New Year and looking forward to achieving new goals, or maybe you’ve given up on the idea of goal setting, here are some practical tips that will help you set and achieve your goals for the New Year.
How To Set And Achieve Your 2021 Goals
Review Your Current Goals
You may already have your current goals written down. If not, take a few minutes to write them down and read over them.
Review which goals you want to keep and which ones you want to change.
Before making changes to any of your current goals, think through why you want to do that.
If you decide to keep any of your current goals, ask yourself what you will need to do differently this year to achieve those goals.
Take A Good Look In the Mirror
What do you really want to achieve in 2021? What are you willing to work for?
Remember, dreams and goals aren’t the same things. Take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself if you’re motivated and determined enough to achieve your 2021 goals or if you’re just dreaming.
Set Smarter Goals
SMARTER is an acronym for a 7-step process for achieving your goals.
S – stands for specific.
All of your goals should be specific and concrete. Not vague or general. For example, “I want to lose weight” is not specific. However, “I will lose ten pounds by July 15” is a specific goal. Be specific.
M – stands for meaningful.
Your 2021 goals should inspire and motivate you to take action!
If they don’t move you from the inside-out, you are less likely to achieve them. Make sure your goals are meaningful and that they motivate you emotionally.
A – stands for achievable.
Your 2021 goals should be aspirational but also achievable. It’s okay to set BIG goals as long as you’re willing to take BIG actions to achieve them.
R – stands for relevant.
Your goals should be relevant. Every goal should have a reason or purpose behind it.
To determine if a goal is relevant, ask yourself, “How will achieving this goal impact my life?”
T – stands for time-bound.
A goal without a deadline is just wishful thinking. Every goal should be set in time.
Pick a date that you want to have each goal accomplished by and work backward to reverse engineer what you need to do daily, weekly, and monthly to achieve it.
E – stands for evaluate.
I recommend evaluating your goals weekly. If you aren’t making progress towards your goals weekly, you either aren’t committed to the goal or need a different action plan.
R – stands for readjust.
Sometimes the goals we set for the New Year are either out of reach or not big enough.
First, readjust your habits and plans if you’re not making progress. If your goals are too big or too small, you may need to readjust them to keep them relevant and achievable.
Talk About Your Goals
The chances of achieving your 2021 goals are significantly higher if you share them with someone else.
Find a friend or colleague who shares similar goals or who is willing to hold you accountable and check-in with you each week to track your progress.
Write Down Your Goals
Research shows that people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them than those who don’t.
Write down your goals and include a clear description of what they are and how you plan to achieve them.
Develop A Daily Habit For Each Goal
One of the most effective strategies for achieving a goal is to take action on it daily.
Develop at least one daily habit for each goal. Choose something that you can do every day. Doing this will ensure that you make progress daily.
What are your 2021 goals? What tips from this list will you put into practice to help you achieve them?
Remember to review your goals weekly and then evaluate your progress every 30 days. Do this, and you’ll be on your way to achieving your goals this new year!
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Atomic Habits by James Clear