How to nail a New Year’s resolution in 5 steps

  1. Reasoning behind your goal 
  2. Don’t be afraid to go big 
  3. To-do list 
  4. Measure your progress
  5. Forget perfection 

Every year many of us set goals at the beginning of the year.

However, many of those that set New Year goals fail to achieve them or those that introduce a change to a routine go back to their old ways.

Achieving goals or implementing change is hard, daunting and exhausting at the same time.

But does it have to be?

Keep changes small, don’t bite off more than you can chew, keep life fun and we might just get somewhere.

Here are five suggested steps to follow:

Reasoning behind your goal 

When setting a goal, it is important to consider why you want to achieve that goal and if you’re making it for the right reasons.

For example, if your goal is to qualify as a Chartered Accountant, why is that your goal?

Is it so that you can have your own accountancy practice and advise your own clients?

Is it to prove your accounting knowledge and technical ability?

Is it so that you can achieve a pay rise?

Whatever the reasoning behind your goal, you need to be clear in your own mind as this is the foundation to success.

If you set out to achieve a goal out of self-hate or remorse or a strong passion in that moment, the enthusiasm doesn’t usually last long.

But, if you build up a process where you’re thinking harder about what’s good for you, you’re changing the structure of your life, you’re bringing people into your life who will reinforce that resolution, then you are sure to have a fighting chance of success.

Don’t be afraid to go big 

Setting big goals is instrumental to major accomplishments.

It is often said a big goal will often inspire those around you, who may offer encouragement and support by assisting you in practical ways to help you achieve your goal.

And don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it.

To-do list

To-do lists positively impact productivity.

However, when you have a long to do list, you will likely choose to complete the easy, tasks over the more complex tasks you’re putting off.

Perhaps keep it short and to around three items, which seems like a short list, but this will help you accomplish the most essential tasks, rather than tasks that would simply feel good to complete.

Measure your progress

You need to have calculable goals and measure the progress you make.

Some goals are made to be measured, like weight loss or miles run per week.

Other goals are harder to measure, such as a promotion at work or a new career. In this case you have to break down your goal into smaller and calculable goals.

What you would need to do to get a promotion or a new job? is it winning new clients? Completing certain projects?

Forget perfection 

A key part of success is how you treat yourself when you fail, and you will inevitably fail. Failure is the process of success.

Could failure have been prevented? If not, forgive yourself and start tomorrow.

If it could have been prevented, consider why and make necessary changes moving forward.

Start again tomorrow and don’t let your disappointment send you into a shame or a guilt spiral.

Everyone fails, don’t let it dampen your enthusiasm!


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