Happy New Year! It’s been a bit of a while but we’re back and here to stay. I would also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for all the support we have received last year; your kind words of encouragement do not go unnoticed & without your support MM would not have been able to achieve all we achieved last year.
So I hope that 2018 is your best year yet. A huge part of entering the new year is setting the goals you want to achieve. We quite often hear the saying ‘new year, new me’ and to be honest I don’t quite agree with this. I believe it’s more about ‘new year, same me’ and realising that you can work with who you are now and believing that you can achieve all your goals.
Setting goals puts you in the driver’s seat, giving you a sense of direction and the power to transform your life. Goal setting provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding. To accomplish your goals, you need to know how to set them. It’s never too late or too early to make a change or discover a new goal you want to achieve. So we have decided to share out 7 Tips for Successful Goal Setting:
1. Write them down & review them regularly
What I like to do is remind myself of what I’m working towards by using visual aids. Vision Boards work for some people; posting pictures of things you aspire to attain in life and putting it in a visible place to draw inspiration and motivation for the day. Seeing your goals can constantly reminds you that I need to continuously work hard. Write them down somewhere you can see them make it part of your day to review your goals and take action. This keeps your goals alive and top of mind.
People with written goals are approximately 50% more likely to achieve than people without written goals.
2. Make them SMART
3. Categorise them
By categorising your goals, you’re more likely to cover most areas of your life and identify your progress as the year proceeds. We came across a great template shared by Ife Adeyemi on Twitter in regarding to organising your goals which we tweaked a little bit (as seen below):
- How you plan to develop your character
- Social Interactions e.g. friends, family, colleagues, networking
- What you intend on contributing to society, building and achieving
- How you will manage and improve your health
- What good habits you will implement (e.g. Sleeping at x time and waking up at x time every day)
- What bad habits you will try and eradicate
- How will you ensure productivity
- What you want to learn and input into your brain (non-academic) e.g. learn a new skill
- Academic Goals
- Achievements/ Awards
- What you plan on saving
- How you plan on managing your money e.g. Vacations, Debts, Emergency Funds, Charity
- How you want to develop in your spirituality
- How you plan to prioritise your well-being
4. Set goals that motivate you
This means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. There may be days where you feel down or demotivated but a quick reminder of your goals can act as enough to pick you and give you the desire to push through. The more your goals motivate, the more willing you will be to be to put in the work when you don’t feel like it.
5. Have Accountability
When someone knows what your goals are, they hold you accountable by asking you to “give an account” of where you are in the process of achieving that goal. Accountability puts some teeth into the process. If a goal is set and only one person knows it, does it really have any power? Many times, no. A goal isn’t as powerful if you don’t have one or more people who can hold you accountable to it.
6. Devise a Plan of Action
If you’re really serious about your goals, you’ve got to set the ball rolling and devise a plan of action in regards to how you plan to achieve this goal. This involves:
- Knowing your motivations are for the goal
- What you need to make it work
- Steps you need to take to achieve it
- Date you want achieve it by
Bigger goals are comprised of minute goals, breaking these goals down into manageable chunks will give you the ability to easily know if you are on the right path. Another option is getting a Goals Journal is really helpful for keeping track.
7. Commit to your goal
It is extremely important that we set specific goals with a date and time with the intention of following through to the end! You can’t simply say, “I want” and expect it to happen. Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve, and ends with a lot of hard work to actually do it. Goal achievement requires commitment, so to maximise the likelihood of success, you need to feel a sense of urgency and have an “I must do this” attitude. Remember, goal setting is an ongoing activity not just a means to an end. Build in reminders to keep yourself on track, and make regular time-slots available to review your goals.