3 Things You Can Do Today to Achieve All You Want in 2019
A new year always feels like a new beginning—a fresh start to tackle things you want to achieve. That's probably why the start of January is rife with goal setting. Hopes are high, and gym attendance is even higher. If you’re anything like us, you start the year with the best of intentions that this is the year you not only make but keep all of your resolutions. Yet somehow, by the end of February, it’s all fallen by the wayside. We’re here today to help you rethink the whole idea of resolutions and make 2019 the most successful yet!
Narrow Down to the Why
It's a cliché, but how many of your resolutions revolve around losing or gaining something? It's all so specific that it makes it incredibly easy to feel like you don't achieve what you set out to accomplish when life gets in the way. This year try something different. Write down your goals, and then keep rewriting them until you've simplified them as much as possible. The goal here is to figure out the "why" of them because it makes it easier to go after.
Let’s say one of your goals is to clean out your work inbox every day before you go home. Meetings run long, early dinner reservations happen, and pretty soon, you’re rushing out of the office with 20 emails unopened and unanswered. It happens.
Why do you want to clean out your work inbox every night? Is it because you want to feel more relaxed when you're at home with no outstanding to-do's looming overhead, or do you want to be more proactive at communication? Once you start to dial back these goals and develop a greater understanding of what you'd like to accomplish, the “what” of the goal becomes secondary to the “why.” When you know the “why” of what you want to achieve, you can incorporate that into daily actions that integrate with your life, and don’t seem like arbitrary tasks at hand.
See the difference?
New Goals? What About Old Goals?!
Coming up with new things to try or achieve is thrilling, fun, and exciting, so it’s easy to forget about all the other things we’ve started (and then stopped) in favor of something that’s newer. This year, when you’re setting your goals, write down all the previous year's goals and categorize them. Once it's laid out on paper, you'll be able to see some patterns of achievement or a direction you'd like to go. This year, rather than setting goals, you can set a course that will help you towards the long-standing destination you've been seeking through your resolutions.
Achieve WITH Someone
This one is straightforward but tough to do—tell people you trust what your goals are and find someone to partner with to achieve them. We all have the best intentions when it comes to goal setting. In the moment we come up with what we want to accomplish this year, we are our best selves—optimistic, forward-thinking, and ready to take on the world. Then life happens... Things get in the way, and it's easy to put off the intangible ideal future for the here and now when time gets tight.
We’re here to tell you that if you have a buddy to partner with in your goal, it will help you to go out and reach it. Your goal will no longer be your secret when you partner with someone; it becomes real. Now you're in it together. You may make a pact to go to the gym a few times a week or go to professional networking events, but the point is, you have someone with you every step of the way, and you can hold each other accountable. You don't even have to be working towards the same thing. You may want to tell each other what you want to accomplish and make a commitment to keep each other accountable towards your respective resolutions. The point is, it's much harder to do something on your own than with a partner.
What do you think? Is 2019 going to be your year? (You don’t have to answer that. We already know it’s going to be!) Leave a comment letting us know what you are going to achieve in 2019.