At the end of every year, I like to reflect on the highs and lows of the year. I think of my New Year’s resolutions that I set for the year, and I often find that I did not accomplish most of my “resolutions.” According to Forbes, less than 25% of people who set New Year’s resolutions stay committed, and only 8% accomplish them. In reflecting on my own journey, I found that my resolutions were almost always repetitive; eat healthy/diet, work out, increase my savings, etc. I didn’t put much thought into how I would achieve these resolutions. They were ideas merely written on a piece of paper that I seldom looked at during the year.
After reading an article that I came across online about goal setting, I had an ‘ah ha’ moment. Every year I was invested in having a New Year’s resolution, but what if I switched it up and created goals for the new year instead? Goals are typically specific and require action, whereas resolutions are likely to be vague and broad. So this year I am setting goals and I challenge you to set goals, and track your progress! Here are some tips to get you started on your journey of goal setting:
- Think about what you want to achieve in the New Year.
- Write down your goals or come up with creative ways to display them. Vision boards are always fun! Find what works for you.
- Set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timeline.
- Review your progress periodically throughout the year! Hold yourself accountable.
- At the end of the year, if you haven’t reached all of your goals, that’s okay! Put it in for next year.
If you’re interested in creating a vision board for 2020, check out Pinterest for some fun and creative ideas! Cheers to creating and achieving goals, in 2020 and future years to come.
Prossack, A. (2018, December 31). This Year, Don’t set New Year’s Resolutions. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashiraprossack1/2018/12/31/goals-not-resolutions/#41cb8563879.