“Without commitment, you’ll never start. But more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish.” – Denzel Washington
This year is coming to an end and we’re getting ready to enter a new decade. Every year seems to go by faster than the last and it can easily feel as though we haven’t achieved anything. As we get ready to enjoy the year-end festivities, we may also question if we’ve accomplished anything during the year. We might look at outdated goals made in January, compare our progress, and feel deflated because we’re not able to check off as much as we had hoped.
The reality is that life evolves and so do we. Goals that were relevant for you a year or a few months ago may not be relevant for you today. The other reality is that if you haven’t been looking at your goals on a regular basis, chances are that they haven’t been top of mind and are therefore not as important.
Setting goals that are personal and meaningful to you is important. Your goals should resonate with you and be tied to a deeper overall purpose. For example, you may want to lose a specific amount of weight by the end of the year. You want to lose this weight to be a healthier version of yourself in order to accomplish more and be around to see your children and grandchildren grow up (i.e. the overall purpose). Whatever your goals, start by connecting them to the bigger picture rather than short-term satisfaction.
Denzel Washington emphasised the key to achieving your goals is in the quote above. At the beginning of each year, we have so much drive and enthusiasm to set goals and achieve them. We revel in the “New Year, New Me” trend and often do “commitment” very well. Where so many of us fall short is “consistency”. Even though the year seems to fly by, we still need to be committed and consistent for 365 days to achieve our goals. This is no easy feat, especially in a world where we’re surrounded by instant gratification. It’s therefore important to have a clear plan in place that will help you stay focused and achieve your goals in the new year.
The following suggestions can help:
- Connect your goals to a deeper overall purpose (see above)
- Make your goals tangible (Specific – Measurable – Achievable – Realistic – Time-bound)
- Write your goals down
- Place your goals in your daily line of sight (on your wall, in daily diary/calendar, on your desktop)
- Review your goals consistently and track your progress (daily, weekly and monthly)
- Connect with like-minded individuals, share your goals with them and ask them to hold you accountable
- Take care of every area of your overall wellbeing (social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual, and physical) to ensure that you stay motivated and on track
Henry Ford once said, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”. If you want your next year to be better than your last, consider using these suggestions. Think about doing things differently to make a change and achieve goals that are meaningful to you.
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