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4 tips to create New Years goals that will actually stick!

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With New Year’s just around the corner, the talk of setting goals and resolutions has begun to ramp up! Goals are essential for us getting what we want and desire- they give us direction & purpose. But how can we really create goals that will actually stick?

 

1.Create SMART goals.

Goals need to be 5 important things to ensure they’re actually able to be achieved. They are: 

-          Specific: Can you clearly spell out exactly what you want to achieve? i.e. ‘I will lose weight in 2017’ should be replaced with a phrase like ‘I will lose 5kg by June 2017’.

-          Measurable: How will you know once you’ve achieved your goal? i.e. will you measure your weight loss on the scales, using girth measurements etc.? Make your goal measurable so you can continue tracking how far you’ve come.

-          Achievable: Ensure your goals are in line of what you’re physically, mentally and emotionally capable of dedicating yourself to and achieving.

-          Realistic: Given your current circumstances (i.e. work, family commitments, life in general) can you readily commit yourself to the goal and work towards your goal? For instance, it may be unreasonable to expect yourself to workout for 2 hours every day if you have to leave early for work and get home late. Instead, your goal could be to go for a 30 minute run on your lunch break.

-          Timely: What time frame will you give yourself to achieve your goal? Generally, the bigger the goal, the longer you’ll need. For example, if you want to eliminate sugar from your diet, it would be unreasonable for you to do so in 1 day. Instead, give yourself 3 months to eliminate it entirely.

 2.Make the goal visual

We’re visual creatures. The more you see something, the more likely it is you’ll remember it and it will resonate with you (think about those pesky ads you see daily on billboards, see in magazines etc.) Your goals will come to fruition when you put them in front of you. Create a vision board of what you want to achieve. Change your phone background image to be of the goal you have in mind, even write your goals on your fridge, and leave them at your desk at work. The more you see your goal- the more likely it is to become a reality.

3.Give your goal purpose and meaning- align it with your core values!

Ask yourself, why do you want to achieve this? How will you feel? How will achieving this goal make an impact in your life? Really take some time to think about this. Take time to even journal your thoughts and feelings about what achieving the goal will do for you, your family, your confidence, you work life balance for instance. You need to have a clear purpose and reason behind why you want to achieve your goal. Without it, you won’t have a reason to continue getting up and working towards it every day

4.Take it day by day

Goals take time to achieve, keep grinding and working at it day by day. Stay dedicated and remember it takes 21 days to develop new habits. It takes up to 3 months for noticeable changes in yourself to be noticed by others (for instance, if your losing weight). Achieving something new or different isn’t easy, but neither is staying stagnant and having regrets.

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Tell us below, what are your New Year’s goals and resolutions for 2017? 

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