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  • Writer's pictureKarin Thompson

7 Steps to Help You Set Your New Year’s Goals

1. Write your goals down on paper

What do you want? Where would you like to be in 1-3 years time? What would your life look like then? Where would you be living? What would you be doing with your life? Take these ideas and work out what you would need to do to get there, what steps would you have to take to arrive at these destinations. I.e. if in 3 years time you want to have a degree in teaching, work out the steps that you would have to take now to make this possible. Plan the goals out in a week by week step routine.

2. Goals must be measurable

To say I want to save some money is not a goal, but to say I want to save $15,000.00 by 31st December 2020. Now that’s a goal you can focus on and work towards.

3. Goals must have specific details

How are you going to do this? I am going to save $15,000.00 by 31st December 2020 by saving $500.00 every month and cutting down on my spending. You now have an action plan to achieve this goal.

4. Goals must be realistic

In other words, if you want to save $15,000.00 by 31st December 2020 and you only earn $40,000.00 a year, you can see that this is going to be very hard to maintain; which could lead to you being discouraged.

Work within your boundaries. Be realistic with your timelines.

5. Goals must stretch you

Goals make you work harder and stay focus. If they are too easy, then you will lose interest. We all need something to drive us and give us dreams and vision. But remember the other points here too.

6. Goals must have a deadline

Deadlines keep it motivating. I want to lose 5Kg by 30th September 2020. Now you can work a plan on that and see what you will need to do weekly to achieve this. Goals are dreams with deadlines.

7. Goals must be viewed so you can see them.

Write them down and look at them daily. Make a vision board with pictures of your goals. This way you can focus on them and not have to guess what they are if you can’t remember them.

Habakkuk 2:2-3.


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