The start of the year can be such a hopeful time and a great time to set some goals and targets for the year ahead. Goals can help create focus and direction. They can increase your productivity as well as levels of motivation.
Here are a few tips to help you achieve your goals in 2023:
Research shows that the chance of achieving your goals is greatly increased when you share it with others. Sharing goals with someone else can also help increase motivation and ensure you feel supported. This week our Bounce Back community have been sharing goals with one another.
Make them SMART
Ensuring that your goals are SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ACHIEVEABLE, RELEVANT and TIME-BOUND will help ensure your objectives are attainable within a certain time frame.
Write them down and make them visible
One of the easiest and most effective methods to help you achieve your goals is to simply write them down. Just ensure that they are in a place where you will see them each day. I write mine in my diary, in my notes section of my phone, on the fridge and by the front door to ensure I cannot miss seeing them.
Break your goals down
The best approach to achieving your bigger goals is by breaking them down into smaller chunks: – long term, medium term and short term goals. Why not give yourself some milestones to help achieve your big goals. For example, if you’re goal is to walk a 5K, start by aiming to walk 2.5k. Don’t forget to reward yourself and celebrate your successes at the end of each milestone.
Reflect and adjust
It’s easy to get disheartened when you don’t achieve your goals. Maybe you got distracted or maybe your goals were a bit too unrealistic. It’s normal for this to happen. Factors we can’t control can get in the way or other times we simply just didn’t complete them. Rather than feeling defeated, take time to review and adjust your goals. Consider why you set that goal, what didn’t work and why. Sometimes just a small adjustment is all it takes to achieve what you want.