New year, new goals, right?
Although I'm not one for setting goals for a new year, I know that a lot of people take the new year as a fresh start and the perfect opportunity to aspire for new goals. So today, I wanted to help you all out and give some tips on how to accomplish your goals this year!
Write Down Your Goals
Writing down your goals is a great way to identify and make tactile intentions. When you write down your goals, you're more likely to commit them to memory and think about them more often, therefore you're more likely to take the steps needed to achieve your goals.
When I used to make goals for a new year, I would write them down in my notes app and check them off when I accomplished one of them. Going back to the same list periodically helped me with progress checks as well as reviewing my other goals that I wanted to accomplish.
Plan Your Steps
When you want to achieve new things, you need to take steps, whether they're baby steps or big steps. As the saying goes, Rome wasn't built in a day - the same thing applies to you accomplishing your new goals.
For example, if you want to buy a home next year, there are specific steps that you need to take to be able to to buy a home. Your steps could include: raising your credit, saving $200 from each paycheck, getting prequalified, etc.
Once you break down your goals into steps, they won't seem as intimidating because you're just working one step at a time until you've eventually accomplished what you wanted to!
Consistency is key.
I know, you've heard it a million times, but it's true. Staying consistent with your goals is probably the most important factor in accomplishing what you want in life.
I can't stress enough how being consistent has changed my career paths and how important it was that I stayed consistent in modeling, blogging, and content creation. Of course, I'm not condoning never taking days off or giving your mind and body the breaks they need; consistency comes in many forms and you don't need to be doing something to work towards your goals every hour of every day.
However, (warning: another cheesy quote) your dreams don't work unless you do. So, go get 'em tiger!
Accountability, the one thing we all dread talking about.
When setting personal goals, it's important to be accountable for your actions, or get an accountability partner to help you out if you don't think you'll be able to do it yourself.
If one of your new goals this year is to go to the gym for an hour every day, maybe try adding an extra 20 minutes to your workout next time if you skip a day, this is a great way to push yourself to go to the gym so that your next workout won't be as brutal!
*I am not condoning self-harm or any actions of the sort. If you struggle with the mental aspects of goal-setting, make sure you always take your mental health into consideration. Take breaks when you need them.
Progress checks help you realize how far you've come as well as boost your gratitude. I highly recommend rewarding yourself when you accomplish each goal or even at your big steps so that the positive reinforcements live in your brain, inevitably making you want to accomplish more.
I highly recommend making checklists for each of your goals and their respective steps to make progress checking easier.
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There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19
-- Faith Blackshear