Pro-Tips To Help You Stay On Track With Every New Year Resolution
Motivation plays a crucial role in being able to achieve specific goals. It is based on various internal and external factors which drive you to achieve your goals, and is activated by emotional, physical, social, and other cognitive factors. Such factors make you want to put your efforts and energy into the tasks which must be performed if anything needs to be done.
Whenever you accomplish a goal, we’re sure it brings you joy which further acts as a great motivator to set more goals that you wish to achieve. Without setting smart goals and refreshing your motivation every other day, it is impossible to achieve anything of significance.
To achieve the impossible every new year, you should follow the top 7 tips below to achieve your goals.
Revise Your Goals From the Previous Year
Grab a pen and paper and jot down the goals you had set for last year, crossing off the ones that you were able to complete. This will not only bring you joy and but also will motivate you to set new goals this year. Then, evaluate the ones which you were unable to achieve, and ask yourself: were those goals unrealistic? Did you aim for too much? Were your efforts missing something? What made you neglect that goal?
Note down all the answers to these questions so that you can use these notes while setting new goals. Pro tip: always write down goals as unwritten goals are mere wishes which will most likely never materialize. According to a research conducted by the Dominican University in California, a written goal is 42% more likely to be achieved. So, write down your goals and bring them to fruition.
Use The GROW Model
The GROW model (Goal, Reality, Options, What-next) is a framework that brings structure to your plans and communicates your goal in an effective manner. When setting goals according to the GROW model, one must focus on aiming for SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely goals.
Next, you have to make sure that your goals are in sync with reality. Ask yourself: will you be able to achieve a particular goal this year? Is that goal realistic? You must also evaluate your options, and then proceed with the option which will help you reach your goal in an efficient and timely manner.
The fourth element of the GROW model is called what-next. You should keep on asking yourself this question as it will provide you with a direction as you progress through your plan. After achieving your goals, this question will help you evaluate the steps you should take to sustain your achievement, and perhaps take it further to achieve even more.
Look at the Bigger Picture
Focus on the bigger picture and envision how you want your new year to look. Looking at the bigger picture will provide you with a perspective of where your life should take you by the end of the year.
Then, divide the big picture up into different aspects of your life, such as your work, social, family, as well as spiritual aspects, keeping in mind your emotional and mental wellbeing. Finally, evaluate how each of these aspects of your life will have to change in order for you to achieve your goals.
Focus on Your Confidence and Self-Confidence
Confidence is an external attribute while self-confidence is internal. They both work hand in hand and play a major role in the process of achieving goals. Your self-confidence must be positive enough to support your vision when your external confidence is fluctuating due to a setback.
Divide Your Goals Into Smaller Goals
Divide your goal into chunks and achieve them one by one. This makes it easier to achieve the goal in a timely and effective manner. Sometimes, big goals overwhelm people, and they drop the idea hence, dividing them up into smaller chunks makes it seem easier, providing you enough drive to actually achieve them.
If your goal has no deadline, then it is less likely that you will work toward it. You will just put it forward on the next day’s to-do list. Hence, make a timeline of your goals and set a deadline for them as well.
Keep the Consequences In Your Mind
When you think about the consequences of your decisions and what your future self will feel in retrospect, then you will be more tempted to make better decisions in order to achieve your goals. Think about failure and success before you make any decision.
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