New year’s goal setting can either be a hit or miss with people. Either you love it and do it every year or you don’t like it and avoid it at all costs. Since I’m writing this blog post I think it’s easily assumed I love goal setting, especially during the new year! I think of a new year as a fresh start and a clean slate. So today’s blog post will be all about setting goals and how to do so successfully!
Why should you set goals?
Before talking about how to set goals, I want to get into why you should set goals! I’ve mentioned this in previous blog posts but setting goals holds you accountable and pushes you to be the best version of yourself. I know the idea of new years resolutions are overhyped and that’s why some people don’t do them. But to me, these are yearly goals and I set them at the beginning of every year. Also, it’s important to note that they don’t have to be huge, they can be as small or big as you want!
What I like to do is set yearly goals at the end of every year, however, that doesn’t mean I don’t set goals ever again throughout the year. It’s actually quite the opposite! I set some major ones every new year but then throughout the year, I set monthly and weekly goals. If it wasn’t obvious enough I’m very goal-oriented! Below I’ve attached a picture of some of my goals! For personal reasons, I decided to block out the actual numbers.
8 ways to be successful when setting goals:
1. Figure out what matters to you
First things first, we need to decide what our goals are going to be! Some of us might have a bunch of goals all lined up in our heads while others will have to do some soul searching (which is totally fine). When you’re deciding which goals to write down for the new year, think about what matters to you. When I’m planning, I like to section my goals off like this:
- What am I currently working on that I want to improve?
- What is something new I want to work on?
- What is something that will help with my long term success?
- What is something that will make me happy?
I also like to read blog posts and watch youtube videos about other people’s goals. That’s not to say you copy their goals, especially if it doesn’t align with your needs. However, you can use this as motivation and inspiration to figure out what matters to you.
2. Actually write them down
Okay so you’ve figured out your goals, that’s great. Now you physically write them down! There is some level of personal commitment involved once you write them down. To me, it’s like I’ve already put it out into the universe and now I have to (and want to) go through with it. Also, by writing them down you can remind yourself throughout the year about everything you want to achieve. I personally love writing everything down whether that’s to-do lists, content ideas, or a list of weekly goals. So if you’re someone who never writes your goals down and then loses motivation halfway through the year, try to write them down this year!
3. Be realistic about your goals
I think the main reason people stop following through with their goals is because they set unrealistic ones. If you have 2k followers on Instagram and your goal is to get 20k by the end of the year, I would suggest rethinking that goal. If you currently have a GPA of 3.0 and your goal is to increase that cumulative GPA to a 4.0 that isn’t even mathematically possible. Do you see what I’m saying? You want to set goals that are attainable.
They don’t have to be “easy” but start small and work your way up. If you have 2k followers and gain 100 followers a week consistently then your goal can be to reach 5k on Instagram by the end of 2021. That’s a lot more realistic and when you reach that goal you’re going to be even more motivated to set a higher one for the year after.
4. Break big goals into smaller ones
Going off the last point about setting realistic goals, what I like to do is take one general or big goal and turn it into smaller goals. For example, say my goal is to become financially independent. That’s a very broad and big goal. However, I can take that goal and also say I want to have 10k in my savings, I want to get a job that pays a minimum of x dollars and I want to limit my shopping. All of these will ultimately lead me to my big giant goal of becoming financially independent. Also, keep in mind that if your goal is that big it’s important to remind yourself that this might be a 3 or 5-year goal and not a yearly one.
5. Be specific
Another common mistake I see is that some people aren’t specific about their goals. For example, I would stay away from making your goals “make more money, get more brand deals, gain more Tiktok followers.” While not all your goals have to be super specific if you’re able to make a goal quantifiable you should! How much money do you want to save up? How many Tiktok followers or brand deals do you want to get? It’s important to state a number or a range so you have an actual amount to work towards. I like to have a mix of specific and non-specific goals but for the non-specific ones, I make sure to have a plan in place to achieve them.
6. Plan how you’re going to achieve those goals
Going off the previous point, it’s important to have a plan in place on how you’re actually going to achieve your goals. It’s easy to say I want to have a positive mindset but what can you do to get there? For example, one of my goals is to learn more about finance, savings, and investments in 2021. I also know I will do this by watching more personal finance videos on Youtube and listening to money oriented podcasts. I’ve also taken it a step further and already subscribed to some lifestyle Youtubers that talk a lot about saving money, investing, and other topics about finances. So, take the time to list out your goals and then also plan out what actions you’re going to take to achieve your goals. This can seriously make or break how successful you are at goal setting!
7. Track progress regularly
You can’t write down goals on January 1st and then never visit them again. What I like to do is every month or so I go back and remind myself of my yearly goals. Sometimes you might forget your goals or focus too much on one goal and not another. Instead, it’s best to track your progress regularly. For example, if your goal is to save $5k, every 2-3 months write down how much money you’ve saved so far. This can help you see how much work you need to do to get closer to your goal.
8. It’s okay to not reach every goal
I know one of the most discouraging aspects of goal setting is not reaching them. But it’s important to understand that this happens to all of us! Take 2020 as an example, I’m sure we all had so many goals and ideas of how the year would be. However, we didn’t know there would a pandemic and our worlds would shift so quickly. Most of us didn’t reach huge milestones in 2020 and that’s fine. Every year is a work in progress. You set goals to be the best version of yourself and sometimes that version might take over a year to get to. Don’t let the thought of not reaching your goals discourage you from making them in the first place!
Those are all my tips to be successful at setting goals, have any other tips? Make sure to comment them down below! As always, thank you guys for reading I appreciate each and every one of you so much.
You can check out my other blog posts here:
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