HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!🎉🎉🎉
Earlier this year as I was looking through my bookshelf, I picked up a journal from 2017 and I was glad I achieved about 70% of my written down goals; honestly I had forgotten I even wrote those things down and I’m so excited for 2018 already.
With the new year comes a lot of planning and resolution but very few of us actually follow the plan. It is also very common for some of us to pull out as early as February. A resolution is a strong will or determination.
It is so easy for one to think having a “New Year Resolution” is cliche but you would only see it as cliche if it hasn’t been effective for you. So I’ll be sharing on why your new year resolution never works.
1• You aren’t making SMART goals
The acronym SMART could seem annoying only if you don’t work with it. If you didn’t know SMART means
T- Time bound
The goals you set for the new year are they specific? Are they abstract? For example if I plan to buy own house and I’m not specific, my own house could be a bungalow, it could be a duplex, a storey building or even a flat. I’ll need to be specific about the type, how I plan to go about it, the resources needed and even the location.
Are the goals measurable? You need to have measurable goals to determine you progress and help you stay motivated. Still using the house as an example, how much do you earn? Does your salary barely see you through a month? How many source of income do you have?
Are the goals attainable or achievable? For any goal to be successful we need to be sure it is attainable in the first place. I want to buy a house but I still spend a lot on excesses; things that will take me farther from my goals. For my goal of buying a house I will need to cut down on a lot of things.
Are the goals realistic? We need to start being real, don’t copy someone else’s goals. Ask yourself are these goals even necessary? Be yourself and think thoroughly before making your own goals. Life isn’t a competition, the only competitor should be yourself; have role models and people you look up to but please don’t go copying their goals because the will or determination comes from yourself.
Do your goals have a timeframe? It is very easy to just write down goals and not achieve them because you don’t put a time frame. Yes I could want to own my house but when exactly in the year do I want to have the house? Because if we do not start to address these things before we know it the year has come to end.
2• You are keeping the goals to yourself
If you want to stay motivated and held accountable then tell your friends or family about the goals, you can put it on social media if you wish. The aim is to keep you going when you want to back out.
3• You don’t celebrate your success
Finally, learn to celebrate your success. Don’t beat yourself when it looks like you’re far from achieving one goal. Celebrate the little things too.
With the new year comes new things!
So guys new year resolutions, yay or nay? I’d totally love to hear from you, comment in the box below.
P.S: I’m sorry I was away for so long but I’m back to stay and better.