Usually, at the beginning of the year, we tend to list out goals we want to achieve. If you did that last year, then you have a rough score in your head with a fail or pass mark. You may have already termed last year a disappointment with the hope to create a ‘new me’ this year. Hope is a major ingredient needed to keep life going but that should also come with a strategy. Please continue reading to discover a few tips on how to smash your new year goals.
Break down your yearly goals into monthly, weekly and even daily goals
You may have found it difficult to achieve your previous yearly goals because they were in lumpsum. For example, if career growth is part of your new year goals, then you must itemize what that increment means to you. What are the steps you need to take every week or/and every month to ensure that at the end of the year you reach that goal? This could include taking more courses, signing up for seminars or webinars and getting a mentor in your field.
Or if you want to publish a book, there are many steps needed to bring this goal to fruition. The major one is you actually have to write (I can tell you for free that 50,000 words do not write themselves in a day).
Ife Grace (everyone knows I love Ife 😊) once said that she made a decision to write every single day!! Every day might be difficult for you but what about every week? If you commit to writing a page every week, at the end of the year you would have a 52 pages book. This is what your yearly planner should include.
If you have not tried journaling then now is the time to. Even the bible says to write the vision and make it plain so that the person that sees it will run.
Track your daily, weekly and monthly goals
Before I jump into this point let me implore that you make realistic goals. If you know that it is impossible to save a large amount weekly, then you can start with the barest minimum daily. The reason why you are setting this new year goal is not to scare you into anxiety so make them attainable.
That being said, you should endeavour to track your progress for these 2 major reasons:
- You may not realize how well you have done unless you track it. Sometimes last year, I got an app that helped me track my spending to the kobo. I used to think that I was frivolous in my spending until I was able to see the numbers.
Many of you may think your year was disappointing because you did not properly track your progress. So, as you journal your general goals also journal your progress
- Another reason you should track your progress is so that you quickly know when you are off course and re-strategize. If you wait till the end of the year to track your progress it would be too late to correct them. So, I encourage you to track your monthly or quarterly progress in order to re-strategize.
Source for information and assistance concerning your goals
Do you know that you are a piece of information away from your solution? There is someone out there on the internet or even living down your street that has the answer to what you have been searching for for years. What you need to do is discover them and ask away.
We are in a technological age where information is at the tip of our fingers. But, we are also in an age which is saturated with misinformation. If you want to improve your writing skills, for instance, you would find thousands and thousands of articles, videos and podcasts claiming to have the answer – some of which do not. So, you have to be patient enough to vet through them.
Do you know you are a piece of information away from your solution?
One good way of vetting misinformation is only following people with who you can clearly see their results. For example, if I want to improve in, I can trust Eno Sam to replicate greatness in me because I can clearly see her results.
I am one of those people who believe in mentoring (I should write a blog post about it soon). I believe that if I want to reach a benchmark then the best and fastest way is to find various people who achieved it and learn from their process.
Another way is trying out free courses or scanning through their YouTube videos or blogs. Before you commit your money or too much time, try scanning through the person’s free content. My mantra is, if I can trust a person then I can trust their content.
It is very important to be conscious of who you listen to because the battle is in the mind. Once you overcome it in your mind then working it out is the easy part. I beg you to protect your mental health at all costs this year. Listen and stay around people who will encourage and keep you motivated.
Hope, believe and commit your goals to God in prayer
You should be hopeful about your new year goals and believe that God will do what God will do. I encourage that you consistently read the bible as it strengthens your belief. And above all, pray without ceasing. Our plans will remain only plans without the help of the Almighty. Commit your every step desire to Him and watch Him grant you your heart desires.
Thank you for sticking with me last year and for not letting me go in this one. I trust to serve you better this year. Please like, comment and share if you can. Happy 2022 and remember, God loves you like crazy.
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