It’s the start of a new month and it’s never too late to wish everyone a Happy New Year! 2021 had its share of ups and downs but it is a New Year and this comes with the usual hope, dreams, and resolutions.
Everyone wants to start the year strong; unfortunately, most people don’t really know where to begin. Most start with high hopes and unrealistic expectations and then abandon their goals before the confetti has time to settle. If you want to succeed in your academics, career, and in life, you need to set goals and then do everything in your power to achieve them. Here are some proven strategies to help you FOCUS and set SMART goals to start the new year strong.
FOCUS on Your Goals
To achieve what you want, it’s important to write clearly defined goals. Written goals have three powerful advantages:
1. They clarify what you want to achieve. Committing your goals to paper is a powerful way to get clear about what you want to achieve. Plus, the act of writing encodes it in your brain.
2. They create a mental picture to focus your energies. When you have a visual of what you want to achieve, you’re able to FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Success.
3. They unlock the power of the subconscious mind. When your goals are written down, the power of your subconscious mind is unlocked. You constantly think of how to get what you want, even while you sleep.
Often, we miss our goals because we lack motivation, we can’t see progress, or we drift off course. To avoid this, we need to get SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. By writing goals with these themes, you’re far more likely to achieve them.
Specific: Instead of writing a broad goal, such as “I want to be the best among my peers,” take the time to really drill down. What does “being the best” mean to you? Getting specific gives you a boost of powerful momentum.
Measurable: To know you’re headed in the right direction, it’s vital to consistently track and measure your progress. At the moment, it’s easy to feel discouraged or believe you’ve achieved very little. By tracking every activity and small win, you’ll be able to see how far you’ve come and what you need to do to keep moving forward.
Achievable: If you don’t have the right skills and tools to achieve your desired outcome, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Realistic: When setting goals, be realistic. For example, it’s unlikely that you’ll make your fortune in your first year of business. However, if you’re consistent with your activities and you stay the course, you’ll be on track to meet every important milestone and achieve your dreams.
Time-Bound: Give yourself enough time to reach your goals. If you don’t, you’ll end up feeling disheartened and frustrated. Some goals take longer to achieve than others, so be patient.
SMART goal setting can transform your life. Once you start setting goals, you’ll start reaching them, and your confidence will grow. The more your confidence grows, the bigger the goals you’ll set and the greater your accomplishments will be.
To our existing ‘yellow roses’ and all the young girls out there, we repeat the slogan ‘Dream big because you can do it’
Happy New Year!!! everyone and may the road ahead be bright.