Well here we are again, the end of 2018 and the start of another year! Which inevitably is when most of us start thinking about what we want to achieve in the new year and start setting goals or resolutions.
Of course, we’ve all got a vision in mind of how we’d love our lives to be – and there is no reason you shouldn’t have everything you have in your mind’s eye. However for most of us, some of the dreams we have are so big and seem so unachievable, that we compromise on what we really want and where we want to be and settle or don’t even bother attempting to get these dreams.
The truth is, we have this one life to lead, and no one is going to hand you your dreams without you putting some steps into work. So below are some tips to work out what you want to achieve and how to break it down so that 2019 delivers everything you want.
Imagine Your Perfect Life
Sit back and think about what your perfect life looks like – is it working in a specific job? Having your finances sorted? Being at your goal weight? If you have a vision of how you want your life to be, that is the first step to moving forward. Now, write down all of the things you want from your life, it doesn’t just need to be achievable in 2019.
Break it down
One of my favourite writers on goal setting, Matthew Michalewicz recommends breaking down any behemoth goals into stages and actions for how to achieve that. For example, you have a goal that you want to lose 10kg, which can be daunting. So how do you do that? You think about what it would take for you to achieve that and create actionable steps to get to that goal. I use this goal pyramid created by Michalewicz, but you may have your own way of breaking it down.
Fall In Love With The Process
Arnold Schwarzenegger (bear with me here), is used so many times in examples of goal setting and goal achievement done well, because, well, he has achieved so much with his life and has a very specific method of setting goals. If you think about when Arnie first started on his journey, his goal was to be a world class athlete. This didn’t happen overnight and it didn’t happen just by merely falling into a habit. He learned to love the process of getting better. Everyday, waking up, working out, getting better, stronger, fitter – he learned to set challenges daily, beat them and then strive harder.
Whatever your goal is, you need to find a way to fall in love with the journey. If your goal is to lose weight, fall in love with the endorphin rush you get from an intense workout, or the muscle definition you’re starting to notice.
Not to beat a dead horse, but SMART goals are still an excellent way of specifically mapping out your intentions for the year and keeping yourself accountable. That is, specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based goals. These are the goals you can achieve this year and that you can outline a path and a time expectation on how to achieve those goals.
Remember to enjoy the journey, not just the destination. Small wins are mini-victories on your path to your goal. If your goal is to afford to go on holidays by the end of the year and you manage to save $5 per day by cutting out coffee, that’s an awesome victory to have because at the month end you’d have an extra $140. You might be thinking, hmm, pocket change, but by the year end you’d have $1,680 saved. It might not be enough to pay for the whole holiday, but it certainly is helping you make strides to achieve that goal. You should be proud of yourself every single day you make that conscious effort to achieve your goal.