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New Year, New Start

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New Year is usually a time for celebrating. A New Year symbolises fresh starts, new beginnings and looking towards the future with hopeful optimism.

You could make this New Year’s the year when you begin to turn your dreams and aspirations into reality. Setting goals is one way that could help you to achieve success.

 

Setting goals could help you to accomplish more

 

Not a big fan of forward planning and prefer to go with the flow? Or perhaps you usually make New Year’s resolutions but by the end of January they’re a distant memory? Why not give goal setting a go this year – you could be surprised with the results.

Done right, studies have proved that if you just think about what your goals are, you have a 10% chance of achieving them. Not a wow statistic, but still better than nothing.

If you write those goals down, you’ll be 33% more likely to be successful in accomplishing what you set out to do. Now those odds are looking better.

By telling someone else about your goals, you’ll feel more accountable and could be up to 65% more likely achieve them.

But wait, it gets better. If you make a date in the future to chat to that same person, to discuss how you’re tracking on your goals – there’s a 95% chance that you’ll end up completing your goal.

Making 2022 a brilliant year could really be that simple.

 

Tips for successful goal setting

 

Create “SMART” goals that are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

Write down all your goals and then narrow them down to only a few. Funnel your way to the ones that are the most important to you (and the most realistic). It’s a great exercise in prioritising.

The details matter. For example, do you want to start saving? Great – decide how much you want to save. Figure out ways you can make it happen and break it down into smaller weekly or monthly amounts. Remember keep track of your progress.

Creating manageable milestones throughout the time it’ll take you to complete your goal. Doing this could help you to stay focused and motivated. Celebrating those little wins will encourage you to the finish line.

Be kind to yourself. If you don’t meet a milestone, that’s ok. This is a marathon not a sprint; you can get back on track next month and still achieve your goals.

Commit to your goals. Write them down, tell someone, and ask them to check in on your progress.

Use apps or set reminders at the start of the year. A little bit of time at the outset means less time spent on “admin” throughout the year, with the additional bonus of keeping you on task.

Take a look at these app options, or choose one of the many others available on the market:

Stay positive. Don’t give up at the first hurdle, think of ways now that could help you get back on track later on (just in case)

Don’t plan drastic changes with short time frames.

Be generous with timelines and stay flexible.

 

Set goals that are about you

 

Goals are personal to you, so don’t set goals that aren’t meaningful to you or dreams. You might be setting yourself up for failure if you do.

Struggling to work out what’s right for you? Here’s some ideas that could spark inspiration:

  • Attend workshops and other events
  • Volunteer
  • Start taking extracurricular classes (language, sport, music, dance, drama, art, etc.)
  • Get a study plan in place
  • Organise your life – find a calendar, set reminders, and schedule everything in for the year ahead – events, deadlines, exams, assessments, holidays…
  • Write a resume and add new material to it throughout the year
  • Enter competitions
  • Get a part time job or arrange work experience
  • Take better care of yourself
  •  Spend less time on social media
  • Keep in touch with family and friends
  • Plan a gap year
  • Research what you’ll do after high school
  • Narrow down careers that you might love
  • Schedule more fun

 

The 15 minute goal setting hack

 

We know it’s not that simple to set goals, even after you’ve read all the advice. To help you out we created a goal generator that could really help you out.

It’s designed to help you narrow down your options and set realistic goals. Add details and milestones to encourage your progress. Nail down your targets and all the important dated, helping you to stay accountable.

 

Use these tips to help make the most of your goals

 

  • Remember – stick them up, write them in your calendar, use apps or set reminders.
  • Evaluate your goals regularly. If they’re not working or your priorities change you can ditch, adapt or change them.
  • Find supporters. Share your goals and your progress, ask them to help you to stay motivated and accountable.
  • Celebrate! All your hard work should be rewarded, so don’t forget to plan a treat or reward for when you achieve your end goal, or the milestones along the way.

 

Good luck!

 

Here’s hoping that 2022 will be your most fantastic year yet.

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