Tips To Setting Achievable New Year’s Resolutions

We tend to write New Year resolutions on New Year’s Eve, and then we end up forgetting them all year long. Here are some tips that will help you actually achieve your resolutions this year.

Items needed:

  • Calendar (Paper calendar or your phone’s calendar)
  • Notebook (paper notebook or your phone’s notebook)
  • Pen (if you are not going digital)

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1. Decide what areas in your life you would like to work on:

  • Family
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Career
  • Attitude
  • Personal Growth
  • Health
  • Relationships
  • Social life
  • Finance

2.Set clear SMART new year resolutions in each of the above areas. From now on, we will call your new year resolutions as your new year goals.

SMART goals need to be:

  • S – Specific: Decide on a precise goal.
  • M – Measurable: make sure that your goal can be quantified.
  • A – Attainable: It’s not going to the moon. (Unless an astronaut is reading this article!)
  • R – Realistic: make sure that your goal is something that you can do, given the resources you have.
  • T – Time-bound: Set a deadline of when you want this goal to be done.

3.Set sub-goals that will help you reach each goal. Detail the smaller goals that will help you achieve the bigger goals. For example, if your goal is to run the 42 KM marathon in November, then your sub-goal will be to go to the gym at least once every week from January until November. Another sub-goal will be to eat healthy, etc.

4.Divide your goals into monthly goals. Decide what month you would like to achieve each goal, then write it down on your phone’s calendar (or actual calendar if you have one). Sticking to the marathon example, if the marathon is in November, decide to write your goal in such a way: “I would like to run the 42 KM marathon this year in November” then in your monthly goals of November, write it. As for your sub-goal, write for each month’s goals: “I will go to the gym every week to prepare myself for the marathon in November.” Repeat it every month if it is something that you need to do monthly. Same applies to eating healthy or cutting back on junk food.

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5. Divide your monthly goals into weekly and daily goals: After deciding that you need to run every month in order to be fit for November’s marathon, write weekly goals that include: “Go to the gym on Wednesday from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm”. So for every Wednesday, write that you need to go to the gym, so you make sure that you don’t do any other plans. In this case, it will be much easier to use a digital calendar since you can have a recurring event, yet don’t let this issue fret you.

6.Take it one step at a time: do not worry yourself with all the goals that you have, take it one month at a time, then one week at a time, then one day at a time and if you abide by your plans, you will definitely achieve your goals.

7. Remember the word “Realistic”: when talking about your SMART goals, I mentioned realistic, so keep the realistic part in mind and do not set goals that are far-fetched and don’t set too many goals! Just think in a smart way and set smart goals.

8. Implement and have fun! The most rewarding part of this whole goal setting/new year resolution is having fun and implementing your goals, so implement them and have fun!

9. Reflect: same as you should be doing with everything in life, you need to step back and reflect on your goals and plans. This is where you can amend and alter goals and sub-goals, also add-in some more.

I leave you with one of my favorite New Year Resolution quotes by Oprah: “new year, and another chance to make it right!”

What are your new year resolutions for this year? Tell us about your new year resolution in the comments below and get a chance to win this 2018 planner!

 

 

Meet Claire who won the 2018 planner after sharing her new year resolutions with all of us!

Meet Aline who won the 2018 planner after sharing her new year resolutions with us!

 

Cheers,

Chantal

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21 thoughts on “Tips To Setting Achievable New Year’s Resolutions

    1. Let’s try to write this goal into a smarter one! Can we say: “in 2018 I plan on being more organized and organize one part of my house a month”!?

      Now you can write the one about connection 😊

  1. Excellent tips/method to achieve goals. i like it very much. i will definitely use it my professional life. Thank you.

  2. I want to find a way I can become a calmer person, how to control my emotions especially when I am angry. And would love to be able to go to do Yoga once a week.

    1. Thanks Nour for sharing your new year goals! I will be sending you some articles related to becoming a calmer person and maybe some YouTube Yoga channels to follow!

  3. I have 2 goals for this year:
    Personal: Focus on my health since I want to see my kids growing, and be able to play with them without loosing energy. So there is a target weight, sleep patterns, gym, etc… which need to be achieved
    Professional: Reach 1000 participants through the LMI Concept, a 29% increase from 2017.

    1. Now here’s a response from the person who teaches people how to set goals! The man behind LMI Lebanon!

      Jad, I am speechless! I hope to help contribute to your professional goal and help LMI reach 1000 participants!

  4. Beautiful post 💖. My resolution for this year is not to overthink situations, that’s why I wont think of new resolutions instead I will try to enjoy what comes my way and make the best out of it 😁

  5. My goal for 2018 is to improve my body shape and health by going at least 3 times per week to the gym and reduce the alcohol consumption .
    Travel by end of 2018 to 2 countries : I should save money monthly in order to do it.

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