4 Ways To Ace Your New Year Goals
Ah, the New Year craze. After December, January must be one of the most high vibe months for most on the planet, with all the new energy that comes rushing into the start of the year, the excitement and courage.
But truth is, once it starts winding down our intentions and attentions do too, and unless we have strong intentions and a plan of execution we're setting ourselves up to fail.
Below are 4 things we can make sure to mark off our checklist when it comes to goals for this year.
1. Be completely honest with yourself
You have to be honest with yourself and recognize how badly you really want it. Is your goal in line with your values? Is it something you're willing to work for, and are you willing to put the time and effort into it? Because if you're not willing to make these investments and make small shifts, it's probably not as important to you as you want it to be.
Being honest with yourself is the first thing you need to be aware of what you can and cannot do, and the lengths you will and will not go.
2. Set realistic timelines
You have to be completely realistic about the duration of your goal. Why? Because if you set a long term goal with a short term mindset, you're setting yourself up to fall. For example, if you decide to do something that can only be completed within five months, giving yourself less time will leave you feeling exhausted, disappointed and like a failure.
Instead of setting yourself up from the start, (a) break it down into nuggets. Go as bite-size as you can, and then (b) set a doable timeline, one you've really taken time to think out. Once you've broken it down into nuggets and designed a suitable timeline, you can then easier cultivate actionable steps to lead you toward your goal.
3. Know your strengths
Know your weaknesses as well. And then use them to lean on your strengths. For example, if you have good organizing skills but procrastinate often, use your weakness of wandering around aimlessly to draw up a to-do list and implement your next steps. Spend most of your time in the 'action' of it and remember what you enjoy about this strength.
This will keep you on track, make you accountable and avoid beating yourself up due to valuable time wasted. In this way, you're playing up your exceptional organizational skills and slip into a high vibe space (the right attitude) for a graceful execution with almost no effort.
4. Monitor your symptoms
Symptoms are the little excuses we tell ourselves to get out of something. As soon as we decide to carve a little time to do one thing to reach our goal we may find ourselves coming up with distractions in the form of excuses, emergencies or drama.
For example, you decided to dedicate 30 minutes each day to write that book and the morning is the only time you have alone, so you wake up 30 minutes early each morning to get your creative juices flowing.
It may start off well for the first few days, but within a week you may find yourself sleeping in longer and even more exhausted than usual. It may seem like nothing at first, but looking back you realize you've been going to bed later than usual. If you look deeper it's easy to recognize that you are experiencing symptoms of self-sabotage.
It's important to know your symptoms because they're the little diversions that will start to make sense when you've made up your mind to do something.
So, now that you can catch your excuses early, what is the one step you can take to get back on course? And how will you make yourself self-aware so that you can quickly steer yourself back on point?
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