There is always a big build up to important events and afterwards we might be left feeling a bit weird and perhaps a bit grumpy.
Now that the holidays are almost over, life may seem unsettled and we’re left thinking about what we should focus on next. Time goes by so quickly and if we are not careful, we can breeze through meaningful situations without properly reflecting on them.
At the end of every year I make it a point to think about how my year went: what lessons I learned, what significant events occurred (good and bad), and what goals I reached or didn’t reach.
The time I spend contemplating these things is very valuable because it helps me appreciate all that transpired in the year. It can also send me into a tailspin if I focus too much on the bad and not enough on the good. Therefore, once I do my year-end review I then quickly move on to making goals for the next year.
Here are 3 basic tips you can use to put together some goals that will get your 2016 started off on the right track:
Get clear about what you want- spend some time thinking about areas of improvement and what you can do to change in 2016. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
If you want 2016 to be different you must change your tactics. But, you have to be clear about what you want to change. You can’t just say you want to be healthier because that’s too vague. Instead, you can say “I want to lose 20lbs” which is specific.
Set a deadline- things without deadlines usually go undone. If you’re serious about a goal, you must assign a date to it. Staying with the weight loss example, you can phrase it like this: “I want to lose 20lbs by May 31, 2016”. That will give you a target to focus on and will put some pressure on you to hit your target.
Write them down and review frequently- You might think this is silly, but there is power in putting words on paper. Dr. Gail Matthews of Dominican University did a study and found that people are 42% more likely to achieve their goals if they write them down. I don’t know about you, but that is a pretty high number and I definitely want to be in that percentage.
After writing your goals down, reviewing is the next best thing. Even if you write them down but put them away in some drawer somewhere you’re more prone to forget about them. So put them in a place you can go over them at least weekly, but preferably daily.