I can’t believe how quickly 2015 went. It brought with it loads of good things, disappointments, loss, tears but just like every one of us, I’m grateful to be here. So now, we all have over 360 days at your disposal. What are we all going to do with it? Here are a few things you might consider doing to give your year some kind of structure. I am certain you have goals: business, personal and career goals. Trust me, they are definitely achievable if you set your mind to it. Don’t let another year pass by without you having a significant achievement.
1. Take stock. How would you know what to improve upon or change if you don’t acknowledge your current situation. It’s good to take stock of both the positives and negatives of the year which has just ended. Write them down and reflect on them. This should guide you in thinking about your goals for the new year.
2. Think about your goals. I mean, it’s easy to say you have goals and so on but have you really given a thought to what you want to achieve in the new year. ? Have you made it clear in your head? Is it well defined? Is it something you can clearly explain to someone? If not, then spend some more time thinking about it. Clearly understand what you want. Even if this means your goals are not clearly set by the first of January. It is better to have goals that are clear and defined by mid January than unreasonable goals on the first day of the year. If you’ve gone through you goals and they are clearly defined then you need to go to the next step.
3. Write them down. In my opinion, there’s nothing as good as having written down goals. You can refer to them at the end of the year, mid way through the year or at any time at all to see if you’re on track. Goals can change, so you can go back to the goals you wrote down at the start of the year and slightly adjust or modify as the case may be. We sometimes get carried away with the stress of life that we might forget what we set out to achieve if we don’t write it down. That is why I’m a proponent of writing down set goals – make the vision clear.
4. Set out a delivery strategy. After you have written them down you need to find a way, set out a strategy to achieve them. There’s no point writing them down or thinking about them if you’re not going to find a way to achieve them. If your goal is to write journal articles, then have you identified the topic for your article? have you checked which journals will be best suited to publish or even accept your articles? If your goal is to complete a Diploma, First degree, Masters or PhD, have you identified where you need to carry out these studies? Costs? Etc. If you need to start a business, do you know what area you’re focusing on? Where you will source your goods from? You need a plan or strategy for developing your goals. As the saying goes, a goal without a plan is simply a wish!
5. Review your goals. This can be done quarterly, weekly or however it suits you. The main goal is to make sure you’re in line with what you started out to do at the start of the year. When you review your goals, you can update them by adding, tweaking or completely removing them from your list of goals. Depending on your reasons and how the year has progressed. Continually reviewing them will help you stay focused on what you set out to achieve in the new year.
6. Strive to achieve your goals. At the end of the year, let us be in a position to look back at our written list and see that we have achieved even more than we wrote down. Now these are not just new year resolutions, these are goals that can have life changing results if we stay focused. Let’s strive, doing all that we can humanly possible like sacrificing our time, carrying out research in our area of interest, anything we can to make sure we reach our goals this year.
Here’s wishing us all the very best this New Year 2016 has to offer. We can do it!!!
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