As the first month of 2020 comes to an end, you may have already done your goals, or maybe you are feeling stuck and have put it off.
If you are stuck or hesitating, try to remember that reflecting on the year that passed and setting goals for the year ahead is a great routine to do. It helps add some direction to your year and help guide your decisions and behaviour, resulting in what you will achieve this year.
If you have already done your reflecting and written your goals, but you don't believe they are possible or they did not leave you feeling excited or motivated, it isn't too late to change them.
Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when reflecting and planning.
- Be kind to yourself while reflecting. Don't put yourself down about anything you didn't achieve. Give yourself the credit you deserve for all the things you did right.
- Be realistic when you set your goals. Goals that are a push and are challenging are great motivators and can show oneself what they are truly capable of; however, if you don't believe they are achievable, they may not be realistic.
- Don't aim for 2020 to be perfect or expect it to be. Know there are always going to be setbacks, temptations, and curveballs thrown at you. Aim to live at an 80:20 rule. Click here to learn more about the 80:20 rule and what it means.
- Create small habit changes and action-based goals. Small, consistent, and manageable actions will lead to massive results over time. It's easy to overlook these small changes, but when applied consistently, it's where the most significant change happens. Once you know "what" you want to achieve, work out the how (your daily/weekly actions), and that will become your roadmap to implementing healthy new routines and achieving results.
- Keep your goals where you can see, read, and say them aloud regularly. Goal setting doesn't have to be something we set in January and don't think about it until January the next year. Research shows that seeing our goals, writing, and reading them aloud daily significantly increases our chances of reaching those goals.
All the best with your reflecting, goal setting, may 2020 be your best year yet.