Your How-to Guide on Setting and Accomplishing Goals
January often means reinvention, goal-setting, and exciting resolutions for many. Especially in business, the beginning of a new year offers fresh opportunities for growth - both personally and professionally! In order to accomplish this new growth, you must first set up goals.
We’re here to tell you that it’s possible to set a New Year’s resolution and follow through with it well before December rolls around again.
By following these six steps, you’ll be creating and accomplishing goals with ease.
1. Identify, Define, and Inform
Before you get too caught up in crossing goals off your list, it’s important to visualize and strategize. Why are you making this goal? What do you hope to accomplish? Identify a problem that you want to solve and grow your aim from there. Once you’ve defined precisely what your goal entails, be sure to write down what you’re hoping to achieve or share your vision with someone close to you. The American Psychological Association says that “Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey...that much easier and less intimidating.”
2. Start Small
Starting your journey with a small, easily attainable goal is the best way to embolden yourself. If you can’t think of something smaller, divide a large goal into smaller chunks, with a finish line that you can clearly visualize. As Inc. has found, “when setting big bold goals, it can be daunting in the early days, and the best way to counter this is to break down your big goal into a series of small goals.” This increases the probability of you actually achieving the goal as well!
3. Be S.M.A.R.T.
You’ve probably heard it before but it is essential to make every goal a S.M.A.R.T. goal - one that is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Each aspect of your goals should be clear and in no way ambiguous. You should also be able to measure and track your progress, whether it’s through an app, pictures, or a journal. Your goal is achievable when it is well within your reach, as New York Times attests, “trying to take too big a step too fast can leave you frustrated, or affect other areas of your life to the point that your resolution takes over your life.” A relevant goal is one that is personal to you and will have a beneficial effect on your life. And lastly, it’s important to create goals that are time-bound so as to keep yourself on schedule and prevent the process from going off-track.
4. Have Heart
Your goals should be things that are very personal to you, whether they are for professional or personal growth. They should be flexible and work with you. Be sure to reinforce positive behaviors and don’t punish yourself for not accomplishing something or reaching a certain milestone. We all move at our own pace and it’s important to recognize that your resolution didn’t fail because you failed, but because the process went wrong. Allow yourself to fail and try again rather than beating yourself up and giving up on the challenge. Remember, you can always start again and you don’t have to commit every day. Take a break and come back to it when the dread of the challenge has dissipated.
5. Create Accountability
Accountability and recognition are proven to help motivate you throughout the process. Many times, an objective will fail because it wasn’t thoroughly thought out, with measurable pieces to hold you accountable. Think back to a time when you simply thought “I’d like to lose weight” every once in a while versus when you signed up for a program like Weight Watchers, set a goal, and attended regular meetings. Which worked better? Having an idea of when you’re succeeding and when you’re falling short will help keep you on track. The Muse offered these productivity apps to support your goal-setting.
6. Celebrate Your Wins
Psych Central emphasizes the importance of celebration, stating that “When making your plan, a vital feature should be the rewards and treats you will give yourself at those all-important milestones.” As soon as you reach a milestone, it’s easy to put blinders on and move on to the next goal. However, at this point, you should remember why you started this process in the first place. Take a moment and celebrate how far you’ve come, even if you still have so far to go. Everything you accomplish toward a goal should be relished.
Follow these steps and you’ll no longer feel overwhelmed by your New Year’s resolutions. And if one of your goals is to get into the real estate industry or further your career, we’ve got you covered.