How to set goals for 2019
As 2018 is coming to an end, many of us – me included – are looking towards setting up our goals for 2019. But here’s the thing with people and goal setting – we usually aren’t all that great at it. Sure, some people are very down-to-earth and can usually set very realistic goals, but most of us are not.
You can (and should) set up your goals for the next three months, six months and for the years ahead – but you should do your best to remain realistic. If you aren’t being realistic, you’re just setting yourself up for disappointment!
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Today I have a few life tips for you based on personal experience.
I’m sure you’ve asked yourself what you want to do for the next year. Maybe you’ve even considered leaving your current job and setting up a business of your own?
Before you make any drastic changes, stop and think about it for a second. Ask yourself – why do you want to have a business exactly? Do you actually want to leave your job? Is it because the job itself makes you unhappy? Would you rather work with a different team? Or is it just the pay that’s insufficient?
The first thing I’ve learned when I started my business is that people need to be happy with what they do. They need to go to work full of energy and passion. If you go to work just because of the money, or worse – just because you “need to work”, then this isn’t the job for you! You need to make a change for the better immediately!
And now, with 2019 just around the corner, the time is just right!
First, find the things that you’re actually good at. The things that you’re passionate about. Just ask yourself what so you love to do. Grab a pen and paper. Now, take a good look at yourself. Think about what you’re good at. Note your skills, passions and interests.
If you’re young, you should focus on figuring out what you’re passionate about. Think about the things that you enjoy doing and what makes you happy.
So, with 2019 just around the corner, you’ve got to come up with a plan. Either you’re young and unsure of what you want to do yet, or you’re at the point where you just want to achieve more and find that elusive happiness, you’ve got to do two simple things – find what you love doing and what you’re passionate about.
We’ve all heard the saying “good things come to those who wait”. The takeaway piece of advice (for me at least) is the following – if you want to be successful, you need to be patient. Patience is the key to doing things right. But you also can’t just sit there and wait for things to just happen – they simply won’t. I’m also a believer in making my own luck. You need to put in both the time and the effort before you can expect successful results.
Good things will come to you only if you start investing in yourself. Invest in your happiness, health, well-being, social and practical skills and learn some new ones.
Here are a few quick and simple things that, if done regularly, can have a significant impact on your wellbeing:
- Start going to bed at a reasonable time – no more staying up until midnight on your phone!
- Start waking up early – I prefer getting up at around 5am
- Hit the gym – incorporating a bit of exercise in your routine will give you a lot of energy and boost your self-confidence
- Drink more water – a few extra glasses of water here and there will do wonders for your mood!
- Never stop dreaming – if you can dream it, you can achieve it!
- Never let people bring you down – there’s no space for negativity in a successful life! Only mix with positive and happy people.
- It’s not just the time, but the effort that counts – as long as you put in the effort, the results will come.
Be smart about your goals
With 2018 coming to an end, it’s natural to start asking questions – “What do I want to for the next year?”, “What do I want to change for myself?”, “What do I want from this year?”, “How can I give more to the community?”, “How can I help the world?”, “How can I be different?”, “How can I help my loved ones?”. Instead of allowing these questions to make you feel anxious, try sitting down and coming up with productive ideas. You will most certainly find a way to improve the situation at least a tiny bit – and that’s still something!
Thinking about these things can be especially dangerous for people who don’t set their goals correctly. Again, if you place your bar too high, you’re just setting yourself up for disappointment. But don’t worry – I’ve got a trick up my sleeve for this as well – just be realistic! I merely try to never set unachievable goals for myself.
Yes, you should always aim to achieve more during the next year that you managed this year. But don’t go overboard. Let’s look at basic income as an example.
If you made, say, £25 000 this year, don’t go and set 1 million as your goal for 2019. This is neither realistic nor possible (not in most cases at least). Instead, I’d try aiming at £75 000 or even £100 000. That’s much more realistic and very possible if you were to get a sizeable raise, change your job or start a small business on the side. Then, try aiming higher during the following years. That way, you’ll avoid disappointment and build your confidence up at the same time.
If you had £25 000 this year, and during 2019 you manage to get to £50 000, you’re seeing improvement. Your confidence in your own abilities will rise, and you’ll feel much better both in a business and in a social environment. And you get all of this as a reward just for being realistic!
This is called setting smart goals. It’s a popular acronym in the marketing field, standing for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely goals. So if you wanted to lose weight, for example, you’d say “I want to lose 5 kilograms (specific and measurable) by the end of 2019 (very achievable, quite realistic and comes with a deadline of sorts). This can be applied to just about any goal – “I’m going to read 10 books this year” or “I’ll participate in a 20 miles’ marathon this year”.
Another essential thing to keep in mind when setting goals is to believe in yourself. I can’t stress enough how important this is. If you’ve set up your goals correctly, you have to have faith in your ability to achieve them. Otherwise, it’s all for nothing.
Now that you have a better idea of what you want to do, you should go ahead and write it down. Whether you stick your goals on your wall, or next to your work desk is up to you, but taking a minute to write them down is essential! We’ve all got our own wishes and dreams. But only when we write them down can we really start working towards turning them into a reality! It is the key to getting things done!
So make a list of your goals, keep them close and look at them often.
This will both help you remember and keep track of them. As an added bonus, it will probably attract the attention of other people, which will add a little bit of a subconscious push for working towards them. After all, everyone has seen that you’re committed to achieving these things, you wouldn’t want to let them all down, would you?
I personally have my goals up on the wall in my office, right next to my desk. Every day, as soon as I walk through the door, I take a glance at my list. And let me tell you – crossing one of the things off feels so amazing!
Another tip that I’ve got for you today is breaking things down. Whenever I set a new goal for myself, I try to break it down to its essentials. That way, I can work towards achieving it in incremental steps, without disturbing the day-to-day flow of my professional and personal life.
Stick to your goals and don’t compare them to others. Just get it done.
Take your time and don’t rush. Rome wasn’t built in a day, after all.
You could also try finding a mentor, or just a friend who can keep you on track. Making sure that you’ve got someone to hold you accountable is great. Why? Because of what I mentioned earlier – when you tell others what you’re planning, you feel more obliged to go through with it, instead of giving up halfway!
Organise your goals!
My final advice is to separate your goals into different categories. Personally, I keep a bunch of goals that I’d like to achieve in each different field. You can have:
- Health and wellness goals
- Work and career goals
- Financial goals
- Relationship goals
- Spiritual goals
- Educational goals
And if you’re starting to find this whole “goal setting” thing difficult, just try to find the negative things in your life. Look for whatever makes you unhappy – be it something about yourself or things about your environment. There’s always a way to change things as long as you look hard enough. And if it’s challenging, achieving it will just make you feel that much better!
And so, we can wrap up 2018 by learning from our mistakes. Let’s sit down and analyse our mistakes so that we can set up new and fresh goals for the upcoming year. Let’s become better people, people who can help others more and who can achieve more!
- Let’s be eco-friendlier!
- Let’s live a simple life and safe more so we can invest in xx our future!
- Let’s think about how we can improve the world!
- Let’s be nice to each other and love each other!
- Let’s be nicer with our friends, families and colleagues!
And let’s achieve more!
In closing, I’d like to share that 2018 was a great year for lots of reasons. And it has given me a lot of great stories, ideas and tricks that I’ll be sending your way throughout the next year!
Now go and have a nice and relaxing holiday with your family or loved ones – whoever you spend your holidays with!
I wish you all the best and here’s to another year of being together!