SET YOUR GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Style Magazine - - Promotion - BY ELSPETH HASWELL-SMITH, STYLE COLUM­NIST

Well, 2019 is upon us and this is of­ten a time when we make 'New Year’s res­o­lu­tions'.

Th­ese goals are our fo­cus on what we would like to achieve in the com­ing year, but sta­tis­ti­cally, only eight per cent of in­di­vid­u­als achieve th­ese goals.

So, how can we re-think the idea of New Year’s res­o­lu­tions?

Firstly, write down your list of goals. Then, you need to iden­tify your num­ber ONE pri­or­ity and make it your fo­cus.

Se­condly, make your num­ber-one goal tan­gi­ble – for ex­am­ple, “I want to ex­er­cise more” is too vague.

How much? Who needs to help? What bar­ri­ers do you fore­see?

There­fore, a tan­gi­ble goal will be – “I want to ex­er­cise four times a week and I need to meet with a per­sonal trainer to keep me ac­count­able. My bar­ri­ers will be bal­anc­ing fam­ily, work and life there­fore I will ask my friends to ex­er­cise with me and cre­ate a so­cial oc­ca­sion as well.”

As you can see, if we fo­cus on one goal and pro­vide more ideas around a suc­cess­ful out­come, we can then make it mea­sur­able.

Once you mas­ter this goal and cre­ate it to be a reg­u­lar habit, take out your list of goals and fo­cus on the next one. Mak­ing a point to fo­cus on one goal at a time and break­ing it into bite-size man­age­able and mea­sur­able pieces (rather than cre­at­ing an over­whelm­ing list of big goals or New Year’s res­o­lu­tions) makes you far more likely to suc­ceed.

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