With the new year upon us, we are all reminded to set our goals for the year.. It’s a barrage that comes at us starting in November, sticks with us all through December and the heat really gets turned up after the Christmas holiday.

One of my things I get stuck on is the “how”. How I will lose that last 10 pounds? How will I get more clients? How will I get up when my alarm goes off? How do I get my kids to do their homework? How do I find my dream job?

Instead of asking “how” you will achieve something, let’s starting saying what we “will” do. For example:

  • I will lose 10 pounds.
  • I will get more clients.
  • I will get up when my alarm rings.

There’s something to be said for writing goals down as a to-do list and then checking them off as you achieve/complete them. Whatever format you use to do it is probably one that you have already adapted in your daily life. Stick to what you know! It’s so easy to say we’re going to change to something, but the old saying is sometimes true: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Stick and work with what you know.

Every time a new goal comes to you, add it to the list. Watch your list grow as you add to it and dwindle down as you check them off too. If you’re up for a challenge, try ranking them by priority according to your preference. Maybe you want your most complicated goals first and easier ones last — it’s your decision.

Writing out your goals will give you a realistic picture of which tasks you need to complete in order to achieve the desired goal. It will also help you to structure your day, week month and ultimately, help focus your mind.

Some goals may never come to pass and that’s okay. Just because you wrote it down, doesn’t mean you get to beat yourself up if it isn’t realized.

As you move through the new year, you will naturally gravitate towards what you really desire in your life, and by the end of next year, you can look back and be proud of what you accomplished, what you didn’t and get a head start on the to-do goal list for 2019.

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