As I have gotten older, I have deviated from my yearly ritual of making a tall list of New Year resolutions. Instead, I make a daily list of things I want to achieve. I observed that it worked well for me. I have been able to attain most of the things I desired to accomplish for the year.
A word of caution though, this is not an article about whether or not you should write down a New Year resolution. It is about finding goal-achieving tips that best suits your personality.
In a few days, the year will be ending. There will be a series of posts on social espousing the importance of writing down New Year goals or what a waste of time setting New Year goals are!
But, before you jump on the bandwagon, take a moment to reflect on previous years. Ask yourself pertinent questions about your goals and the strategies you have put in place to achieve them. How are those strategies working for you?
Firstly, it is important to know that we are not the same. Therefore, what might work for me might not work for you. Consequently, stick to tips and strategies that work for you. Personally, I don’t subscribe to writing down all my goals at once because I procrastinate and might not achieve anything. I write down my goals in bits so I don’t get overwhelmed with too many things at a time.
Secondly, regardless of what strategy you adopt to achieve your goals, remember to always write them down. Write down the goals; add a timeline to achieve each goal and a column to record progress.
Thirdly, never compare yourself to others. There were times I felt my peers were ahead of me and I would beat myself up and feel sad. Nonetheless, I realized that we are not the same and our journeys are different. Finding joy in every little progress I made encouraged me to push harder.
Lastly, it is ok when you don’t accomplish everything you set out to do for the year. Consider failing is an essential part of the growth process.