How to Set New Year’s Goals You Can Reach

It’s New Year’s Eve, and that means that millions out there are setting their resolutions and goals for the next year. If you could ensure that next year you’d hit those goals you set today, that would be great, right? Here’s how you can set goals that you’re more likely to stick with for January and beyond.

Choose a Word of the Year

Many people are choosing a “word of the year” to help set a tone for the coming year. Think about what you want to accomplish in the next 365 days. Is there an overarching theme? For some, choosing a word of the year will be easier than it will be for others. Some suggestions are “Surpass,” “Intention,” “Courage,” “Focus,” and “Prosperity.”

Write It Down

When you write things down, you’ll be much more likely to make them happen. That’s not the only benefit of writing your goals down. By writing them down, you can start to work on them to make them actionable so that you can crush them this next year.

Create SMART Goals

Your goals should be SMART. No, that doesn’t mean that there are stupid goals, just poorly written goals. SMART goals are goals that are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-Bound

The reason you want to do this is that it makes your goals easier to act on. Rather than saying “I’m going to make more next year,” if instead you say something like “I will make an extra $amount each month by doing x, y, and z.”

This alternative phrasing gives you a clear path to what your actions for the goal ought to be.

Find an Accountability Partner

By finding someone to check in with on your goals, you will be more likely to succeed. Meet on a regular basis – whether in person, or online, or by phone, to go over what you hope to accomplish for the week toward your goal and check in again later in the week to go over what each of you accomplished. This is a great way to make steady progress throughout the year.

Don’t Let Setbacks Derail You

If you experience a temporary setback on the path to your goal, don’t let it derail your efforts. Just reset, adjust, reframe your goal if necessary, and continue with your next step. One thing is certain, we all will experience setbacks of one sort or another. How we handle those setbacks is what helps determine our character and whether we will reach the goals we set out to reach.

What goals do you want to reach this year?

Share your New Years goals in the comments.

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