How come that most people who set themselves a new year’s resolution at the beginning of the year, fail to achieve their goals?
This post sheds a light on the reasons why this is happening and gives you strategies you can use to be one of the few people who actually achieve their goal.
TABLE OF CONTENT
- Goal setting
- Monthly goals
- Weekly and daily goals
One reason for not reaching the New Year’s resolution goals is because the resolution was either:
- just made as a thought in the mind at New Year’s Eve or
- roughly written down onto a piece of paper
However, in goal setting, it’s not enough just to have a thought about your goal or just to write down somewhere what you want to achieve in your life.
It’s important to create a strategic plan in which you lay down how you are planning to achieve your goal within that year.
So in the case of a New Year’s resolutions, you have a start date (Jan.1.) and an end date (Dec.31) and the goal.
One major part that is missing here is the milestones that you set for yourself between the now and your end goal.
Whether your end goal is to lose 10 pounds of weight or to make a certain amount of money with your online business by the end of the year you are going to achieve both of these goals only step by step.
You won’t lose 10 pounds within a day and you also won’t make thousands of dollars within a day when your current state might be that you don’t even have an online business yet.
When you go from not having a business to thinking about creating a thriving business you’ll immediately feel overwhelmed.
There are literally thousands of steps to take to get there.
And when you don’t have a strategic plan you’ll be more likely to give up before you even get started.
The simple reason for this is that you don’t even know where and how to start.
Therefore first and foremost it’s important to set a realistic goal and then to break this goal into smaller milestones, monthly, weekly and daily goals.
Use the printable Go For Your Dreams Planner that walks you step by step through the process.
In the case of a 1-year goal, it makes sense to break this big goal of yours into quarterly milestones.
What could the milestones be that gets you from where you are today to where you wanna be 1 year from now?
Try to start at the end in mind and reverse engineer the process.
For the online business example, this could mean that within the first quarter you set up your optimized website with a blog and write 12 blog posts and start driving traffic to your blog with Pinterest.
In the second, third, and fourth quarters, you would still write blog posts and use Pinterest but also add additionally to that new strategies in each quarter that help you move you towards your end goal.
After you have defined your 4 milestones, then you would start breaking down these milestones into monthly and weekly goals.
For the 1st quarterly goal of the online business example, this could mean that
- within the first month, you set up your website with a blog, optimize all your settings and write your first 4 blog posts
- In the second month, you write 4 more blog posts, learn about Pinterest and optimize your posts according to what you’ve learned about Pinterest
- In the third month, you write 4 more blog posts, sign up for tailwind, launch your blog and implement what you’ve learned on the Pinterest platform itself
WEEKLY AND DAILY GOALS
The next step now is to look at your monthly goals and to break it down into weekly tasks.
Once you have your weekly tasks then you look at each week and break these down into daily tasks again.
By now you have a bunch of little steps that you need to take to get from where you are to where you want to be.
The next step is to take out a planner and to schedule your daily tasks in the planner.
Herefore you can either take the Go For Your Dreams Planner, or any planner of your choice.
The important thing here is that you don’t overschedule your days.
These daily goals should be realistic.
You have to give up some of your free time to make your goal work.
Creating something new in your life, whether it’s a business or new habits take up time and energy.
Use your time wisely and make space in your life and in your calendar for your daily goals.
Review your progress at the end of each week, at the end of each month, and at the end of each quarter.
And see how you are progressing towards your goal.
Before the year ends it makes also sense to prepare a year-end reflection, to see what worked and what didn’t and what you did to achieve your goal.
Download the free Go For Your Dreams Guide and learn about the steps you have to take to achieve your goals.
Use the templates from the printable Go For Your Dreams Planner and turn your dream into an actionable plan.