New Year, New Goals, New Opportunities
As we head not only into a new year but a new decade, now is the perfect opportunity to list your short and long-term goals and objectives to set you on the path to success in 2020.
According to Forbes, ‘people who vividly describe their goals in a written form are 1.4 times more likely to accomplish their goals compared to those that don’t.’
Before constructing new objectives, jot down everything you achieved and learned in 2019 and pat yourself on the back. You may just be surprised by how far you have already come. Next, review some areas of improvement and write down something you were disappointed by. Listing your achievements and defeats will help you set effective goals moving forward.
Here are five golden goal setting rules:
1. Set Lifestyle Goals
Don’t just focus on career goals and how you are going to make the most money. Focus on making steps that will improve your overall happiness and wellbeing. For instance, you may aim to take up a new hobby, join the gym, read more or eat healthier.
2. Write Goals that Align with Your Principles
According to the Entrepreneur, ‘If your career goals aren’t supporting your life goals and your values, you are bound to have a miserable existence.’ So, make sure you are living to your values and enjoy the job role you are in at least 70% of the time. If you are feeling frustrated or unmotivated, it may be time for a change.
3. Set goals that you can control
Don’t depend on other people to achieve your goals. You are more likely to succeed if you have control over your objectives. Ask friends, family and work colleagues for their support but your success should be in your hands.
4. Think BIG
If you don’t plan big, then you won’t achieve big. Don’t be scared to push yourself and set sights high. It may take some time and hard work to get there, but by setting smaller, short term objectives that relate to achieving your long-term goals you may be able to get there.
5. Manage Risks
You are likely to run into some hurdles along the way whilst on your mission to achieve your 2020 goals, but this is inevitable. Plan and consider potential risks associated with the goals you have set, this way you can be prepared and have a plan B in place.
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.”
– Andrew Carnegie