Daily Blog #250
This last year has been an absolute whirlwind of a ride. I know, that’s so cliche to say, but it is the truth. Not only was it the best year of my life, but it was also the year where I have have pushed myself the most, and the year where I have started to become the person that I actually want to become. Because of that, I am certain that 2019 is going to even better than this past year.
Before we get too far into the new year, I want to talk a little bit about goals, or resolutions. More specifically why people fail, or why people give up on the things that they want to accomplish. See, we all have high hopes and expectations that we set for ourselves. We want to achieve every single one of our dreams, and we want to live happily ever after, right? Yeah, all within one year. All within such a small window of our life.
While it’s never a bad idea to shoot for the moon and see what we are truly capable of achieving, let’s face it, more often than not, our New Year’s resolutions tend to become some distant thought that we will probably forget about within the course of a month. That is, of course, until now.
The number one reason that people fail their New Year’s resolutions, is because they set goals and expectations without having a plan of action. You know what I am talking about, we are all guilty of it. We set some massive goal, and simply expect it to become our reality with time. But the truth is, if we are not actively working towards our goals, then we are never going to achieve them.
Look at it this way. If you set a goal for yourself with only the ending outcome in sight, how likely are you to get discouraged with how far left you have to go? How likely are you to only focus solely on the end goal, and give up because that goal seems to be so distant? From personal experience, I can tell you that this is very likely.
That is why when you set New Year’s resolutions, or goals in general, it important to break down those goals into smaller and more attainable goals that all feed into the larger goal that you going to achieve.
If you want to lose thirty pounds this year, break it down to losing ten pounds every three months, or three pounds every month. If you want to blog for a full year, break it down into blogging everyday for one month. If you want to have $6,000 dollars saved by the end of the year, set aside $500 per month.
See how much more doable it is when you break it down? And when we accomplish these smaller goals, we are more motivated to achieve the larger one, and less likely to quit and give up on ourselves.
One of my Christmas gifts this year was a Savor Life Planner. At the start of the planner, you write down the things that you want to accomplish within a timeframe that you set for yourself. I chose to set ten goals that I want to accomplish by January 1st, 2020. Some of the goals included: being my own boss, paying to take my parents on a vacation, read twelve books, ect.
From there, the planner also covers your 90-day vision, or what you see yourself accomplish after 90 days. While this doesn’t have to relate to your goals, it is probably a good idea to have your 90 vision reflect your yearly goals. For example, in the next 90 days, I want to have read three books, start to make some passive income, and start saving for a vacation. All of these goals are more attainable goals, but also build up to help reach the end goal.
If you actually want to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions, then break your resolutions into smaller and more attainable goals. Breaking your goals down into smaller ones will help you to track your progress, it will help to fuel your motivation, and it will keep you on the path to success.
No matter what goals you want to accomplish in the next year, know that only you have the ability to achieve them. Work harder than you have ever worked before, strive to be a better you each and every day, and never stop believing in all that you are capable of achieving. Love the incredible person that you are, and live your best life.
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