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Effective Goal Setting For The New Year

The New Year is an exciting time of reflection. There are many things that one can do to plan for one’s future in a more fulfilling way, such as making resolutions and setting goals so one knows what kind of progress one would like to achieve.  Identifying areas where help may be necessary, or a change needs to be made, is vital to making sure you have a fruitful start to the year. Setting goals and planning for the year can be daunting as it requires you to dig deep and sit down with yourself so you can finally figure out a way forward for yourself and your family. This article serves as a guide for those who struggle to keep their lives together and honour their goals.


Understand why you are setting these goals

Setting goals can be a difficult process, especially for those unfamiliar with the complexities of human behaviour and motivation. When setting personal goals, it is important to understand the reason behind attempting to achieve them so that there is purpose and drive. We all have a basic understanding of how to set up goals, but we are also aware of how repetitive and boring they can be, which is probably why we struggle to stick to them.


Some alternatives to goal setting

  • Mind reset goal

Ever heard of the saying ‘you need to start romanticising your life’, well if you haven’t then you may have missed out on the biggest trend of the millennia. Don’t stress, there’s still some time to jump of the self-love wagon. The premise of this specific trend is to plan and live your life according to what you have always envisioned for yourself.

Whether it be travelling, or even being the main character in your story. Romanticising your life allows you to see life with a different mind-set, while letting go of the societal pressures and norms that confine you to the standards of others. The idea is that if you change your mind-set then it will be easier to achieve your goals and avoid disappointment if you struggle to reach your goals.


  • Goal visualisation

Perhaps another alternative to the boring old goal setting method is goal visualisation. The best way to achieve this is by creating a vision board. As you may know the majority of human beings are either auditory, visual or sensory learners. Either way we tend to run towards goals that are easily attainable through these means because they seem more realistic. So next time you want to set up goals, remember to create them in a way that allows you to see the vision and the benefit of these goals.


NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Processing) goal setting

Create a goal that is achievable. Ensure that the goal has as much detail as possible. A broad goal of “lose weight” is not specific enough. Rather create a goal that has a specific timeframe, and a clear path to how the goal will be achieved. Next create a workflow with steps on how you will achieve your goal, for example:


Lose 5kgs in the next 6 months

Steps to achieve goal:

  1. Start an eating plan, visit a nutritionist
  2. Begin an exercise program with a personal trainer
  3. Run 2kms 3 times a week.