Perhaps you’ve watched your parents or friends set goals for the New Year. Setting New Years goals is a great practice. January 1st represents a fresh start. We can hopefully leave some of our bad habits behind with the old year and become better people. Most people set some lofty goals for the New Year, which is great.
However, most people who set New Years goals rarely achieve them. One study showed that over eighty percent of New years goals and resolutions are never achieved. I think that’s because most people don’t know how to set the proper goals. So, here are four tips to set reachable New Years goals. For specific ideas check out our page on New Year resolution ideas.
If you’ve never picked up a guitar and your goal for the new year is to get a recording contract playing guitar, then you’re probably going to fail to achieve that goal. Many people fail at their resolutions because they set unrealistic goals.
When you pick your New Years goals and resolutions, pick ones that you at least have a realistic chance of achieving. I always encourage people to dream big, but you also have to work hard and follow the process. For example, if you want to be a famous guitarist and you don’t play guitar, a good realistic goal for the new year would be to start taking lessons.
Lots of people vow to “lose weight” as one of their New Years goals. What does lose weight even mean? It could mean anything from take off two pounds to two hundred. And, for a person who is muscular, losing weight may actually make them less healthy and good looking (muscle weights more than fat).
The best goals (New Years) or otherwise are specific. Setting specific goals makes them much easier to obtain. For example, saying “I want to lose weight” can’t be measured. Saying “I want to lose twenty pounds by June” is a specific goal that can be worked towards and measured as a success or failure (on June 1).
A lot of individuals set five or six New Years goals and end up achieving none of them. It’s because it’s hard to focus on five or six things at once and do them well. It’s much easier to set a clear, simple goal and obtain it. If you are the type who constantly fails at New Years resolutions, try setting just one this year. And, work towards it.
Don’t Forget It
What were your New Years goals and resolutions last year? Can’t remember? You’re not alone. It’s because most goal setters in January forget about them by February. If you want to achieve your New Years goals, then find a way to keep them in front of you.
One way I’ve found to remember your goals is to create a small poster outlining the goal and putting a visual reminder of why you want the goal. So, if your goal is to lose twenty pounds by June, then put up a poster with that goal on it. Add some photos too (maybe a picture of a beach, etc.).
I hope these tips are helpful for setting your New Years goals. By the end of the new year, let’s hope there is a new, happy, and excellent you!