As we come to the end of December (What?! How did that happen?!), it’s a good time to start thinking about your New Years Resolutions. Last year I called mine “Goals” and that worked really well for me. Goals are more flexible and less daunting than “resolutions.”
Ask Yourself Where You Want to be in December 2016
Do you want to have less debt? Do you want to read more books? Do you want to be in better shape? Do you want to have stronger friendships? Base your goals on where YOU want to be in a year, not where you think the world expects you to be.
Keep it Focused
If you have 80 goals (or “resolutions”), the odds are pretty good that you won’t succeed at any of them. No one wants that. Instead, if you can pick 3-5 elements of life that you want to improve upon and focus on those, you’ll be much more likely to succeed.
Write them Down
Writing your goals down makes them more real. It also helps you to keep track of your progress. One year I made myself a chart to check off the goal every day. You can also download the Coach.Me App to keep track of the progress on your resolutions. It’s easy to forget what your goals are when they’re not right in front of your face.
That’s why earlier this year I wrote myself this sticky note asking, “Do you want a $5 coffee, or do you want to be debt free?” At the time, my co-workers were often going to Starbucks during their morning break and I was saying yes way too often. That simple sticky note got me right back on track.
Surround Yourself with Success
Once you figure out your main goals, do a search for books, podcasts, blogs and Facebook groups that have a similar focus. For financial goals I strongly recommend the Listen Money Matters Podcast and the Making Sense of Cents blog. For relationship investment I’d recommend the Around the Table Podcast. For entrepreneurs check out Being Boss and The Lively Show. For blogging there’s Boss Girl Creative and countless blogging Facebook groups.
When you’re surrounded by people and resources that are focused on the same goals that you are, you will be continually encouraged as well as reminded why you want to succeed at these goals as well.
Get an Accountability Partner
It’s normal to feel discouraged throughout the year. We are not perfect. We won’t succeed at our goals every single day or every single week. And that’s OK. But what’s not OK is to quit the first time you struggle. Getting an accountability partner will make sure that you guys can encourage each other when one of you doesn’t want to go to the gym, wants to buy that new handbag, or wants to spend another night at home instead of investing in others. I am a firm believer that an accountability partner has helped me succeed way more than anything else.