We at Femfunds will like to officially wish you A HAPPY NEW YEAR. It’s an amazing time of the year, filled with the best intentions and the promise of 365 brand new opportunities for us to do better and to be better. But, in order to actually reach those goals and look back on our achievements with a sense of pride, we need to put in some work. A calendar date – like New Year’s Day or your birthday or a new week – isn’t going to magically transform your life. It’s only you and your hard work and commitment, who can do that. Ready to get started with the five top tips that will help you reach your goals this year?
- Be realistic about your goals for the New Year.
Each goal you set should have a breakdown of how you intend to achieve them. Hope is not a strategy and success doesn’t happen because you “hoped” for it.
- Prepare for obstacles and opportunities
Work out how you are going to achieve each goal along the way. It’s time to pay attention to the finer details. Be honest with yourself and make a list of the obstacles you are likely to face and how you could overcome those, also make a list of all the opportunities and support you have at your disposal. This helps you refine your goal and your expectations for yourself in terms of reaching your goal and it helps prepare you for some of the battles you may have to face during your journey – thus ensuring that you don’t lose motivation at the first tiny hurdle you happen to encounter.
- Do the WORK !
Make forward progress on your goals and start taking actions. You may have to look at things like location, education, skill set and experience in order to move in that direction. Do your research!
- Be Accountable
A lot of people prefer to hustle in silence and just wow everyone with their results, and that is totally ok if that is what you want to do. However, it is exceptionally helpful to have someone you trust, cheering you on from the sidelines and holding you accountable to yourself and your goals. All the best athletes in the world, have a coach. Someone who monitors their progress and who gives them some real talk when they need it and who encourages them every step of the way. I recommend finding a trusted friend or a coach who is not emotionally invested in the outcome of your progress, to be your accountability coach and to check in with you weekly, to make sure you are on track to reaching your goals. They can also help you gain clarity if you falter or provide you with a sounding board to find alternatives if you can’t see a way forward.
- Progress over Perfection
Whatever it is that you want to achieve, start where you are right now and work with what you have. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You just have to get started. Take the first step or do the first push-up or write the first word. Start small and aim for small, incremental improvements. It doesn’t have to be perfect – you just need to do your best and be able to see some progress between where you started and where you would like to end up.
Whatever it is that you want to achieve and no matter how lofty or impossible it may seem to others, please start by believing unequivocally in your dreams and your own abilities to do the work you need to do, in order to make those dreams come true.
With all this steps, you’re officially ready for a better year ahead.