It’s a New Year filled with lots of goals and aspirations, brimming with excitement and good expectations about the beautiful year.
I love the start of a New Year, this is because some of the things New Year signify are ‘fresh start’ ‘improvement’ ‘development’ ‘opportunities’, and so on.
One of the things people do at the start of a New Year is developing helpful habits in pursuing their stated goals. And so, for those who are looking towards staying on track with their goals this New year, here are some things you can do:
- Ask for God’s help: ask for God’s help, commit everything to Him and allow Him to direct your steps. Proverbs 16:3 (KJV) states, “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.” Make it a habit and a lifestyle to take everything you want to do to God, and allow God lead you and direct you.
- Break your goals into actionable steps: endeavour to break your goals into actionable steps so that it would be easier for you to manage as well as monitor them. Closely related to this making sure that you have defined your goals in a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely) way.
- Be disciplined: know your goals and be disciplined with them. Don’t allow distractions or laziness. When you are disciplined with your work or your goals, you focus on them and get good results.
- Be creative with it: find creative ways you can use in motivating yourself to stay on course with your goals. You know yourself, and you will know things that motivate you to get to work.
- Monitor your goals: you need to also monitor how your goals are going. You need to put monitoring measures in place. For instance, if you are a writer and you want to do more writing this year and you have a writing calendar or schedule for your daily writing, if you don’t write for some time, you will easily know and be at alert because you have missed a schedule in your writing calendar.
- Review the performance of your goals: create a schedule either weekly, monthly, or quarterly to review the performance of your goals at intervals. By reviewing your goals, you also have an idea of how to better define something or some details you need to adjust.
- Get an accountability partner: find someone who can be your accountability partner. Someone who will ensure that you are on track with your goals, the person might be a friend or family member; just make sure you choose someone that will do the job effectively.
- Remember the reasons for the goals: one of the ways to helps stay on track with your goals is to remember the reasons for the goals. Have that reason in mind, think about why you want to achieve the goals, and have it in mind.
- Keep a diary/note: you can also keep a diary or a note to document details or things you need to note about your goals. Have a note handy, you can also have an electronic note on your phone if you choose to. However, endeavour to get a physical note.
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