3 Tips to Successful Goal Setting-Clarify Your Life Goals

Statistics show that most people who make New Year resolutions fail to bring about the change that they desire to happen. In fact 88% of people break their New Year resolutions.  Given this negative fact, if a person wants to ensure the success of their goal setting efforts, whether for themselves or their lives, then they need to go about the formulations of their resolutions in the right way.  Research has shown that there is a 22% higher chance of the resolutions being successful if people engage in goal setting.

Tip 1: Make Sure Goals Are Specific

Psychologists believe that rather than having several resolutions we are more likely to keep our resolutions if we make just one and focus on it energetically.

New Year resolutions should be goal focused but for success it is important to choose a specific realistic goal.

Many individuals choose ambiguous goals when making their resolutions such as “lose weight” or “get in shape”. While such resolutions are admirable they are likely to fail as there are no specific goals or objectives attached to them.

Rather than saying “lose weight” it is better to resolve to “lose 10 pounds”. The goal is then specific.

Once there is a specific goal it is then possible to plan to achieve the goal. There has to be a plan to tackle the necessary behavioral changes that will bring about success.

We should write down the goal and then make a list of the things that we might have to do to achieve the goal.   The small steps or objectives that have to be undertaken to achieve that goal need to be made into tiny steps.

It is better to have the objective of losing 1 pound a week to achieve the 10 pound weight loss than having the objective of losing 10 pounds in two weeks.

With knowing exactly what you are aiming for and the smaller steps on how to go about it, you’ll be much more likely to keep your resolution and it not be broken.

Tip 2: Have A Mindset For Change

New Year resolutions are difficult to keep. Most resolutions require us to change a form of behavior or circumstance.  Particular behaviors have been formed over many years and to bring about change in them will require a lot of patience, time and effort.  Changes will not occur overnight but they will occur.

People have a much greater chance of keeping their resolutions if they have a positive mindset and are willing to be persistent. It is a good idea to focus on what the resolution will add to a person’s life rather than what it will take away.

For example it is better to have a positive mindset and think about eating more healthy foods rather than thinking about eating less unhealthy food.

Really wanting to bring about a change and focusing on one resolution is going to help an individual to succeed. Once the goal has been clearly formulated it is important to visualize the success and to try to remain thinking positively.

The goal should be written and reproduced and highly visible. It could be in an appointment diary, on the computer desk top, on post it notes on the fridge, and on banners around the room indeed, wherever it can be placed to remind the person of their goal.

Enlisting the help and support of family and friends and joining a group of like inspired persons will improve the chances of success. It is important to bear in mind that the resolution will be broken but that must not be seen as a failure.  Instead any lapse should be reviewed as a learning opportunity.

Renewing motivation will be helpful too. When it gets hard for an individual to persist with their resolution they should remind themselves of the reason why they are endeavoring to change or improve.  They must remind themselves of what they have to gain by achieving their goal.

Individuals with positive mindsets will succeed.

Tip 3: Have Necessary Resources in Place

To succeed in keeping a resolution it is absolutely essential that very careful planning is undertaken in advance of the resolution being made. As in all areas of life, if we want to succeed then we must plan for our success.

Firstly it is essential that there is a clearly defined, specific and realistic goal. Once the goal is known, it has to be broken down into steps or objectives.

The steps need to be tiny and achievable. Recording of all the objectives and the goal should be undertaken. It would be advisable to have a journal ready as well in which a person can record their successes and failures and their obstacles that they have had to overcome.

As well as the plan itself and the journal, there needs to be careful consideration to other resources that might be necessary. One of the most valuable resources a person could have available would be friends or family members who would be willing and able to support the behavior changes that the person is going to attempt to undertake.

So approaches for support need to be made to such people well in advance.

Other support personnel could come in the form of club or organization members of like minded people, so it may be necessary to take out membership of a particular organization prior to attempting to institute the resolution.

Certain physical resources and equipment may need to be purchased. Anyone undertaking a physical change may need to invest in special shoes and clothing not to mention gym memberships perhaps. Certain food items might need to be disposed of and replaced by others if individuals are considering weight reduction as a goal.

Likewise individual’s quitting smoking will need to enlist the support of their GP and perhaps necessary anti smoking drugs and nicotine gum.

Preparation before New Year’s Eve will certainly go a long way to get an individual off on the right track to success.

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