New Year, New Goals?

A happy 2019 to you all! 

January has well and truly arrived and is traditionally a great time to review last year and think about transformational goals for the coming year. These goals could be health or wealth related goals, or apply to many other areas of our lives.

Despite our good intentions, there are almost certainly times when previous new year goals may have fallen by the wayside within a few weeks or months. This can happen for many reasons, and this can be very discouraging. 

That’s why I thought I’d take this opportunity to remind us all of three “goal truths”: 

  • Transformational goals CAN be achieved, especially when we have a compelling reason to change in the first place
  • Any change is hard
  • For transformational changes, consistency is far more important than commitment

Here are a dozen things to ponder that might help you to set your most successful, transformational goals in 2019 or at any other time you are thinking about setting goals! 

  • 1
    Make sure your goal is YOUR goal. Trying to please others won’t help anyone in the long run.
  • 2
    Own your goals, but do not hide them. It is always helpful to share our goals with friends and accountable buddies who can cheer us on!
  • 3
    Focus on small. Instead of focusing on BIG goals, focus on a series of small steps or mini-goals that can be repeated regularly. Running a marathon in April next year needs to start with getting off the sofa and running a mile, and saving £100,000 requires saving £100 first.
  • 4
    Consistency over commitment. Commitment helps you set your goals, consistency helps you achieve them. Small steps may seem frustrating - especially in the early days, so it is helpful to remember that this is normal and that you are far more likely to be successful. It is the “every day”, not the “every now and then” that soon become habits and enable us to reach the bigger goals.
  • 5
    Track your goal. Writing your goals down requires clarity, and makes it easier to picture what success looks like and easier to see your commitment adding up. It also means it can be kept somewhere that will be noticeable often, rather than losing it in the back of your mind.
  • 6
    Make your goal practical and realistic. It is good to have a “stretch goal” that is challenging, but avoid setting yourself up for failure by setting goals that are unachievable. 
  • 7
    Measure your goal. Being specific enough to measure a goal is critical to help you know when you have been successful.
  • 8
    Don’t have too many goals. You will simply be setting yourself up to fail on many areas, instead of focusing your energy and willpower and creating sustainable habits in one area at a time.
  • 9
    Identify potential challenges or barriers. Identify these early so that you can make plans to avoid and overcome them. This may well include rethinking negative thoughts about mishaps.
  • 10
    Expect mishaps. When (not if!) you miss a target or have a relapse, remember that relapse is part of the process. You are not a failure if you simply acknowledge the mishap, learn what triggered it and then choose to pick yourself up and try again.
  • 11
    Keep goals in perspective. Becoming obsessive with goals isn’t healthy and will overwhelm you and lead to feelings of failure.
  • 12
    Celebrate your successes. Even small goals and milestones are worth celebrating! Remember, it is the small consistent steps that make the lasting changes. “Looking after the pennies means the pounds look after themselves”.

Praying for you, that you have a very fruitful and transformational 2019!

Niky Dix Intentional Health

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