Accomplish Your Goals in the New Year

pen and paperHave you made your New Year’s resolutions yet?

This year, I’ve decided to consider them goals instead of resolutions because my resolutions always seem to go by the wayside within nanoseconds. Goals, however, I am passionate about. I like to make them, strive towards them and, best of all, accomplish them. The past few years on our travel home from visiting family at Christmas, my husband and I have set goals for the upcoming year. It was during this conversation last year that we both realized we were open to living in a smaller community. Because of that, we made the decision to pursue some opportunities that came our way and now live in an area we hope to be at for a long time.

Here are some tips I’ve found to be helpful in achieving goals:

  • Be specific. If you’re saving for a down payment for a house, don’t make your goal to simply save money. Instead, plan a budget with the goal to save $5,000 (or whatever is realistic).
  • Have a timeline. Specify milestones and an end date for your goal. In the example above, specify a certain amount to be saved every month with an end date of December 31, 2013.
  • Write your goals down. Studies have shown that just by writing them down, the likelihood of you achieving your goals increases dramatically. I can attest to this.
  • Make your goals known. A couple of years ago I set a goal to have one new experience a month for a year. To keep myself accountable, I wrote a blog about it. I didn’t want to embarrass myself by quitting publicly, so I kept doing it even when I thought I couldn’t do it anymore. I didn’t want to let me readers down. I learned a great deal about myself during that experience and went on to write a book about it.
  • Prioritize your goals. Even if there are 15 things you want to work on this year, pick your top three and start there. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself and end up accomplishing nothing.
  • Give yourself some resources to keep you motivated. I have really enjoyed the book Where Will You Be in 5 Years? and, of course, I have to mention my book Dignity is a Renewable Resource, which I wrote after accomplishing one new thing a month for a year. It wasn’t all fun, but it was a great learning experience and I accomplished what I set out to do and then some!

To help you start your New Year right, Dignity is a Renewable Resource (ebook) is available for the reduced price of $3.99 through January 7 on Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com and WindowSeatBooks.com.

(Use the promo code NEWYEAR on WindowSeatBooks.com. The discounted price is active on Amazon and Barnes and Noble).

You can also like Dignity is a Renewable Resource on Facebook to share your goals and progress!

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