There will be no New Year Resolutions for me this year.
Honestly, I have lost faith in New Year Resolutions. I had resolutions after resolutions and that’s all they have been, and it seems that’s all they are going to be.
This year, I’m going to try something different. Instead of resolutions, I’m going to set goals.
So what’s the difference between resolutions and goals? One is an intention, another is a plan. Setting and reaching goals required a detailed breakdown of what you are going to do to reach the goals. It required planning in stages and periodic self-check.
There are so many self-help tactics and techniques out there regarding this matter. It’s an important thing, reaching your goals, however, how many people really pay attention to how to set goals properly? Not that many from what I’ve seen.
If you want to get it done right from the beginning, there’s a great resource when it comes to setting goals. Check out what Michael Hyatt’s free videos here.
Things you need to know about setting goals
1. The more specific you are, the easier it will be
Sure, we love flexibility but when it comes to setting goals, it is confirmed in recent research (link to research here) that to achieve goals, it is better to be more specific and less flexible.
Setting clear goals sure are better than setting ambiguous plans that you are going to get there … someday …
2. Humans are made to reach goals
A study suggests that our brains have an internal guidance system when it comes to reaching goals. There’s a specific neurotransmitter dopamine that will signal the brain. The closer the goal, the stronger the signal will be.
3. Inner conversation matters
We put ourselves down millions of times a day. We need to stop that. Internal conversation matters because we are listening to it, whether we realized it or not. According to a research, you can use your inner voice to help control your impulses. A simple, “You can do it. Just keep at it” will help keep you going. That little phrase can kick the impulse’s butt.
4. Don’t overdo it
Go overboard on self-motivation can undermine the achievement. Fantasizing too much about that big hit, that dream job, that success might also undermine your achievement.
In the end, it’s all about expectations. It’s useful to plan ahead and think of things that might happen and how you would adjust or fix your plans along the way every now and again. It’s unhealthy to have unrealistic expectations of how it’s going to be like when you reach your goals so keep your feet on the ground.
5. It helps to stay optimistic
Be optimistic and positive is always great but it is a lot easier said than done. Stay positive can help you effectively deal with stress which is another key in helping you reach your goals.
Be aware of the bad things that could possibly happen but keep looking on the bright side.
So here are my goals for 2016
1. Apply for that writing position I’ve been holding off on (because I was afraid that I’d get rejected)
2. Publish a personal manifesto (end of Feb 2016)
3. Google Analytics certification (end of March 2016)
4. Google Adwords certification (end of April 2016 – just because there is math involved)
5. Earn $1000/month from my writing/blogging
According to this article, there is power in written goals. It is also best to keep your goals few in numbers and make sure that all your goals are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measureable, Actionable, Realistic, Time-bound).
Do you have 2016 resolutions? How about turning those into goals? Please share in the comment section below.