Set Realistic Goals
There are a lot of things that I would like to do in my lifetime that will most likely not happen in 2014. For example, I want to visit Africa one day but I know I need to have the right amount of planning completed ahead of time before I can make this happen. I also know that my travel schedule for 2014 is already almost completely booked. I have however, been thinking about taking a cruise to Jamaica soon if time and finances allow. Since it is a much shorter trip and less of a financial burden, there is a great chance that I will get to Jamaica in 2014. If the goals you set are actually realistic and attainable then there is a much greater chance that you will actually follow though with them.
Keep your list short
It may be easier to complete a few loftier goals than a towering list of goals. If you are focusing all your attention on three goals, you have a better chance of reaching those goals than if your focus is spread out in 20 different directions.
Decide on a general theme
Picking goals that you can group together can be really helpful. Choosing a general theme to focus on for the year can help tremendously. Maybe this year you want to focus on balance, health, financial freedom, or positivity. If you are focused on health this year, your goals could include being more active, eating healthier, having more energy, and fitting into your clothes better. Since all of those goals work well together, it will make accomplishing them so much easier.
Write it down
Writing our goals down on paper always makes us more committed to actually follow through on them. I always say that if I don’t write something down, it is not getting done. Not only does writing down your goals force a deeper commitment, it actually gives you a chance to see them everyday. Put them on your refrigerator, your mirror, or even frame them for some inspirational, motivational wall art.
Ask for help
Your friends and family can only help you reach your goals if you let them know you need help. If you would like to save more money this year, let your friends know that you would like to start doing more potluck dinners instead of going out all the time. If you want to get healthier this year, ask a friend to join you for a walk instead of another brunch. If your goal is to have more positivity in your life this year, kindly ask your friends to no longer include you in gossip sessions. Friends and family can be a huge source of motivation and accountability when it comes to your new goals so don’t forget to ask them for help.