Wow, I can’t believe it’s already 2020! The time has flown this past year. It’s that time of year to reboot your life and that means we should start thinking about your goals for the upcoming year.
Did you know that 25% of the people who start setting goals this first week of January, will completely give up on those goals by next week? It’s true. Don’t be a statistic! In fact only 8% of people will actually achieve their goals for 2020. So you may be thinking, that’s horrible odds of being successful. It’s true, but I know you can do it! Keep in mind that people who make explicit goals are 10 times more likely to be successful than those are don’t. I’m also the kind of person that says “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you will be among the stars”.
Great achievements started with that first step. So take that first step today by writing down some goals for the year. I will help you along and give you some ideas.
So I’m going to help you find some ways to make some commitments to stick to those goals for 2020.
Review Your Goals From 2019
First thing is first. If you wrote down some goals for 2019, it will be important to revisit each one of those goals and see how you did. You may not have accomplished all of those goals, but read through them and maybe find some that you would like to attempt again this year. Just because you failed to tackle an item from last year, doesn’t mean it can’t be top of your list for this year right?
Practice the SMART concept when writing Goals
SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic & Relevant and Timeframe for reaching this goal. So what does this mean?
- Specific – You must be specific when writing down your goal. Don’t say, I want to travel more this year. Be specific about it. I want to make a trip to Paris by the end of the year.
- Measurable – A flight and stay in Paris is expensive. You need to put together the goal so that you can measure your success towards it. Let’s say the Paris trip is $5000. In order for you to achieve this, you must save $500 a month for the next 10 months to have the money in time. Every month you can measure your success in saving this money.
- Attainable – Your goal must be achievable. Don’t put goals down on paper that you have no means of achieving. (I.E. “I want to be a millionaire” when you don’t have $100 in the bank). If you have an attainable goal, you will only get more charged up about achieving the goal.
- Realistic/Relevant – Is your goal relevant to where you are in life? Do you think it’s a realistic target for you to achieve? Don’t set your sights on something that perhaps isn’t really that important to you to achieve this year and make sure it’s realistic to where you are in life.
- Time – This is an important one. Give yourself a very specific time frame to achieve this goal in. This can also be broken up like demonstrated above with the $500 per month for 10 months saving plan. Don’t give yourself open ended goals. Be very specific on when you expect yourself to achieve these goals. Otherwise, time will quickly pass you by and it will be 2019 and you will wonder what just happened.
Write Down Your Goals
There is nothing worst that thinking through some goals for 2019 and not writing them down. You might as well not do them at all. You can do this in many creative ways as well. Here are some tips:
- Cork/White Boards – If you have a cork board or white board, this could be your central hub to keep all your goals for 2020 up at all times for your review.
- Post It Notes – Write up some post it notes and place them around the home. Every day you will run into these gentle reminders.
- Phone – Set reminders for yourself periodically to check in on your goals and include them in your notes in your phone to keep tabs on.
Keeping your goals written down and front and center in your life will be key to making sure you are checking in on your goals through out the year.
Break Down Your Goals
So in business, there is a concept called an objective. You will always hear business leaders talking about goals and objectives. You can think of a goal as a general thought on something you want to achieve (I.E. “I want to travel to Paris”), whereas an objective may be something that is very specific and measurable to support the goal (I.E. I will save $500 a month from January to October in the year 2020). The objective is very measurable. You know you are succeeding each month by measuring that you are banking $500 a month in January, February, March and so on.
Objectives allow you to break down your goals into manageable chunks or tasks as well. You may have your savings goal of $5000 by November, but you may have another objective to fill out the paperwork and pay the fee for a passport by July 2020.
So you could essentially build out an objective list or task list by month, all leading up to achieving all of your goals for the year.
Track Your Goals
You must put a reminder on your calendar, phone or whatever works for you to make sure you review and track your goals at least monthly, no less, weekly is even better.
If you don’t check in on your goals, you will likely have no chance in achieving them.
Commitment to Your Goals & Ideas to Keep Your Promise
When the going gets tough, the goals go right out the window. Don’t let this happen to you. There are many ideas on how to confront this before it happens to you.
One very bold way to do this is by sharing your goals openly with friends, family, Facebook friends, your blog, etc. Once you post it out there, this could help you feel more accountable to making your you achieve what you set out to do. Peer Pressure is not always a bad thing here.
Maybe ask a friend if they would be interesting in setting some goals for 2020 as well. This would allow both of your to remind each other to check in on both of your goals regularly and keep each other accountable to obtaining them.
You can do it! 2020 awaits you! This is your chance to turn over a new rock and do something awesome in your life!!