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New year, new resolutions and goals: top tips to help you succeed!

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by Samantha Hattersley | 17 January 2019

Now that the Christmas period has ended, you may find yourself engrossed in research trying to find the perfect New Year’s resolution or goal for the upcoming year. Researching this is all well and good however, according to Business Insider, a massive 80 percent of people fail to achieve them by February alone. When it comes to setting goals, how many of you debate reducing the amount of chocolate you eat or cutting down on the amount of time spent on your phone? Although these seem practical, it is important to think about whether these are realistic and achievable based on your current lifestyle, or whether you need to come up with a step-by-step plan of how you will accomplish these.

As the New Year approaches, I have explored some top tips to consider when thinking about your goals and resolutions in the workplace.

Do not recycle old goals

If you find yourself setting the same goals each year and have not seen any change, it may be time to start thinking about what has been holding you back and how you can improve moving forward. Putting the same goal on your list year-on-year is likely to end the same way and realistically, how likely is it that you will achieve this in the long-term? Instead of wasting time and energy on the same goal each year, you need to start giving yourself credit for the things that you have achieved and look at how you can keep on improving this going forward.

Keep your list short and simple

Envisaging a couple of main goals may bring additional satisfaction when it comes to reaching your desired goals, rather than creating a long list and only achieving one or two of them. So, how can you successfully achieve your goals? Set yourself three or four goals that are realistic to achieve within your preferred timeframe. Plan how you are going to achieve these. You can always add to this list throughout the year once you feel that you have started to fulfil your main initial goals.

Make your resolutions known to others

Naturally, you become more accountable when it comes to recognising and reaching your goals if there are people around you who are involved in your progress. Being vocal and outlining your intentions and progress will help you to stay focussed on what you want to achieve. Finding an accountable partner could be considered a good step towards achieving your goals. It is much easier to push yourself to do your best when you have somebody cheering you on.

Plan ahead

The secret is not to rush to achieve your goals all at once. It is important to take a step back and look at how achievable they are, how you are going to reach them and how long it will take you to do so. Breaking larger goals down into smaller, more measurable actions will not only help to provide a clearer path of what you are trying to achieve but it will also show that you are in complete control over your aspirations and resolutions.

Focus on ‘want’ instead of ‘should’

Setting goals that you want to achieve are more likely to be attainable than those that you think you should achieve. Choosing goals that you want are those that you have the desired interest to achieve however goals that you should be reaching are those that are expected of you by others. Goals such as wanting to start a new career is a prime example of goals that you should be setting for yourself. These types of goals are achievable and your own desirable however goals such as stopping smoking is an example of a goal that other people expect you to achieve. To be truly successful at any life change, you have to really want it, forcing something to happen may not necessarily benefit you in the long run.

Following these five steps will not always guarantee that your goals will be achieved, however being mindful of each of the points will put you in a good position when choosing the goals that you want to focus on. It is important to remember that achieving all of your resolutions is not the be all and end all, but striving for continuous self-improvement is the key to success.

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