Holly Dickinson
Holly Dickinson
Associate

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Setting New Year resolutions that have legs

It’s almost that time of year again: time to reflect on the year just gone and make plans/set goals for the year ahead. Reflecting, evaluating and planning are sure-fire ways to put you in good stead for a great year ahead.

Here are some helpful hints and tips to make your 2020 your best year yet!

Be realistic – make your goals small and achievable

One of the biggest mistakes people make is setting goals that are too ambitious and subsequently overwhelm!

Make small and achievable goals that’ll help you build momentum towards your ultimate end goal. You have to see it as a long term change – make lots of small changes and you’re more likely to sustain it!

Be specific – you need unambiguous goals

Make your goals specific so you can keep track of them. Ambiguous goals are less likely to be achieved. The more detailed the better – it will help you stay focused on what you need to do!

Write your goals down

Research reveals we’re 42 per cent more likely to achieve our goals if we write them down! This is due to the actual process of putting pen to paper. It helps to clarify your goals and motivates you to take the steps required to achieve them.

Sharing is caring (for your goals)

Sharing your goals with someone helps with procrastination and aids in keeping you motivated. However, select your accountability partner wisely. I would highly recommend getting a mentor, business coach or PT, whoever is most relevant to your goals.

Regularly review your goals

Make a plan and set reminders to trigger you to review your goals. Re-evaluate your goals and make note of any progress you’ve made. It’s important to celebrate progress but view it as an ongoing goal, even when you get that promotion, or lose that stone, there is more to maintain.

Thinks of it is a journey, slip-ups/blips happen

I know it’s a cliché but it’s true. If you want to improve at anything or achieve anything of merit you have to see it as a change for good, not just a couple of months. You may be able to find ways to become more efficient but you’ll never be able to go back to your previous habits or behaviours or you’ll slip back to how you were.

However, little slip-ups happen – you are human. There will be days, weeks, even months when you don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere but trust me, it will get better if you keep going! Consistency pays off!!

“What the New Year brings to you depends a great deal on what you bring to the New Year."

- Vern McLellan

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