I am not trying to scare you into action…
Ok, maybe I am. But procrastinators like myself should know the feeling. The feeling that 2015 ended way too fast and you are left wondering how you let the whole year slip by without completing any goals you set out to do.
There is always 2017? Let’s not make that mistake again!
Here are some suggestions to make sure you follow through on your 2016 goals.
#1 Start with A Clean Slate
Does your 2016 goals looks like it is the same rehashed goals from previous years?
Take the opportunity to re-examine your goals and ask yourself why they are still on your to do list. Are the goals there for goal setting sake or is it important to you enough that you might actually do something about it. Also people and situation changes. Goals that are set years past may no longer be relevant or important.
#2 Make it a Short List
A big list just looks overwhelming and serve as a good excuse when the end of 2016 comes and you have to explain why none of your goals were accomplished. Be reasonable about what you can get done in 2016. However, be warned! A short list may give you the illusion that you have a lot of time to get started goals. Just remember, it is still embarrassing if you somehow manage to let the whole year fly by again…even with a shorten list.
#3 But Don’t Make it Vague
Eat healthier, exercise more, read more books or start a business are typical vague goals. Vague goals have little tractions and tends to not get done or if got done, the results ain’t usually spectacular or brag worthy. After all, just eating one more broccoli for the year can technically be considered eating healthier. A business that is not earning a single cent is still starting business.
Shave 10 kg of your current weight. Run 6 laps in under 10 minutes. Finish 12 books (not children books) by year end. A thousand dollar revenue per month business by year end. Be specific about what you hope to achieve.
#4 Try to Eat Your Elephant Every Day
There is a saying “the only way to eat an elephant is take one bite at a time”. Obviously, I don’t recommend eating a real elephant. In a metaphorical sense, goals can seem big and daunting like an elephant but it can be taken down one bite size at a time.
Take your goal break into little achievable bite size bits. Start with the first bit. Work it into a daily routine that will help you achieve your mini achievement then move on to the next.
For example, one of my goals for 2016 is to shave 10 kg of my current weight. That is roughly 1kg a month. Which means a required daily 20 minutes of cardio workout routine (which I better start today) is required to achieve my January 2016 mini goal.
#5 Make it a Habit
This a a follow up to #4 on why it is important to take a bite at your goals daily. It is habit forming. If you do something consistently everyday without fail, it becomes habit. The good thing about habits is that you do not really think about it on. When you are in habit-mode, you just do it which is great especially when you need consistent efforts to achieve your goals. Last year, I was struggling to write content for this blog with little progress to show. It wasn’t until I decided to stick myself to a daily writing goal that things started moving again. Now it is just a habit to write.
#6 Find Someone to Hold You Accountable
This one strategy is great for keeping you on course towards your goals. It is easy to talk ourselves out of doing anything. Not so easy when you have to explain your lame excuses to another person.
I know it is January and you might be feeling all motivated. But once January is over, you might find yourself suddenly losing steam. Having someone to check up on your progress can make a huge difference.
#7 Write it Down NOW…And Do Something About It TODAY!
Last but not least, don’t just read this and walk away. Write your goals down now and things you can do today that will help you achieve your bite size weekly or monthly goals. You can also write it in the comment section below. I will do my best to hold you accountable.
The best time to start is over, the next best time to start is now.