Thinking about making new resolutions? Great! But first, spend some time thinking about how you’re going to accomplish it. It’s easy to set goals, but most people have difficulty achieving them. Here’s how to do it:
- Set a very specific goal. Don’t just say, “I want to lose weight.” Say, “I want to lose 20 pounds by July 1, 2017.”
Being specific helps you set more practical goals and know exactly when you’ve achieved them.
- Take baby steps. Most goals sound too big and scary until you break them into bite-size pieces. Getting a new job might involve looking at the ads every day, applying for one job per week, going to a networking event once a month, etc.
- Write it all down and keep it in plain view. Putting your goal and steps on paper turns them into a commitment. Posting them on your fridge or bathroom mirror keeps them top of mind.
- Add it to your routine. By making the steps to achieving your goal a daily habit, they eventually become something you’re not comfortable doing without. Then you’re hooked and success is assured!
- Reward yourself along the way. Set milestones at regular intervals and give yourself little incentives (that don’t contradict your final goal). And when you reach that final goal, celebrate big with family and friends!