5 Easy Ways to Set and Achieve a New Years Goal

This year will be different. This year will be great. This year, I will set aside any excuses, past failures and frustrations and I will rise up and achieve my goal. 

Every year, millions of people draft up a New Years Resolution but many fall short after just a couple weeks into it. Why is this? Many people end up failing in their resolutions because they actually made unrealistic goals. Resolutions are supposed to be long-term and are something you keep instead of completing. This year instead of coming up with a resolution, I challenge you to come up with a goal. 

Here are 5 easy ways to set and achieve your New Years Goal

  1. Be specific. Instead of "I want to lose weight", determine how much weight you want to lose. Instead of "I want to make more friends", determine how many new friends you want to make and regularly hang out with. 
  2. Make sure it's measurable. Saying something like, "I want to be happier," isn't exactly measurable. Instead, pick something that makes you happy and set a goal around doing that specific thing.
  3. Be realistic. Your goal needs to be achievable. Saying something like "I want to hike Mount Everest" when you've never hiked before and don't have the time or money to even fly to the Himalayas, is simply not realistic. Perhaps something like, "I want to go on at least five 10-mile or longer hikes this year and make it to the top of two mountain peaks."
  4. Set deadlines. Don't leave your goals open-ended. Set a time limit on them. For example, "I want to go on at least five 10-mile or longer hikes this year and make it to the top of two mountain peaks by Dec 31st."
  5. Give up excuses and create a strategy. The only thing that is really holding you back is you. Stop putting the blame on other people. Stop saying things like, "I would do ______, but I have no one to come with me." Get out there, even if it is by yourself (as long as it's safe to do so) and achieve whatever it is that you want to achieve. Decide on a strategy that will help you meet that goal. If your goal revolves around making more friends, then come up with a plan and a calendar that revolves around that. Perhaps you host a dinner party at your house once a month or organize a ski day or a movie night. Then figure out who you're going to invite. Perhaps you need to get out of the house more so you can meet more people. Maybe you join a yoga or painting class where you can meet more like-minded people. 

Once you figure out your goal, write it down and make sure it's in a prominent location so you don't forget about it. If you can figure out what it is that you want and how you're going to get it, you're mostly there. 

Best wishes for the New Year!