Now that the holidays are behind us and the new year is upon us, it’s time for a fresh start! Creating a New Year’s resolution is a great way to do so. Whether you are planning a wedding, want to lose weight, want to get your finances in order, or something else, goal setting can help you get your desired outcome.
Now I know what you’re thinking… New Year’s resolutions never work. The main reason for this is because creating a goal isn’t enough. You need to have a plan to help you reach your goal.
Let’s take a look at how to effectively create a New Years goal and stick to it:
Step 1: Create a realistic goal
If your goal is to have your wedding this year, that’s doable, but be realistic. You’ll need time to plan, and depending on how elaborate you want your wedding to be, time and cost play into the reality of attaining your goal. Be honest with yourself.
Step 2: Set a time that you would like to accomplish your goal
Going along with being realistic, timing is equally as important. Whether you set a short-term or long-term goal, pick a day by which you want to see the goal through. With the same example, if you plan to have your wedding this year, make your wedding the date the day you plan to accomplish your goal by.
Step 3: Break down your goal into smaller pieces
Broad or elaborate goals can be overwhelming, but it can become more manageable when you break your goal down into smaller chunks. If your goal is to get married, break it down into what you need to do to be ready by your desired date. It helps if you set smaller deadlines for each piece. This will help you keep pace with everything needed for your larger goal.
Step 4: Write it down
Don’t rely on your memory to organize everything; write it down. Consider even writing a checklist or to-do list. This will help you keep track of each step needed to reach your goal. When you accomplish one of these items, check it or cross it off. While it seems silly, eliminating items helps with feelings of accomplishment. Feeling accomplished leads to increased motivation and productivity.
Step 5: Reward yourself
Besides checking or crossing off items on your to-do list, give yourself some credit. Treat yourself for each item you complete. You might want to go out to dinner, have a snack, give yourself the day off, or spend some quality time with your loved one. Positive reinforcement goes a long way.
Step 6: Devote at least 10-15 minutes each day
Take it one step at a time and one minute at a time. Set at least 10-15 minutes each day to work on your goal at the same time each day (if you can). If it’s a long-term goal, waiting until the last minute will only create more anxiety. A little work a day keeps the stress away.
Step 7: Form a support network
Whether it’s with your future spouse, a parent, a soon-to-be mother or father-in-law, friend, or another family member, having a support network in place is helpful. This person can help you stay on track, motivate you, inspire you, and talk you off the ledge when needed.
Step 8: Visualize your success
The key to sticking to a goal is remaining positive. There is no room for negativity. Keep your eye on the prize and keep working towards your goal one step at a time. Look how far you’ve come already. Believe in yourself… you got this!
Step 9: Celebrate your success
Chances are, this will not be the only time you set a goal for yourself in life, so celebrate it. Remember this feeling! When you want or need to set future goals, you’re more apt to accomplish them again when you remember the feeling of victory.
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