We all start thinking about them around this time of the year: things we want to get started with or stop doing when the new year is around. That’s why, Renate Matroos from Twenty 6 Consultancy and I reflected on the ways we achieve our goals during our live session on December 8th.

I have found a way that works for me and will hopefully work for you too. Instead of having New Year’s resolutions, which are often doomed to fail from the get go, I set realistic goals. For many people setting ambitious goals isn’t the problem, achieving them however is. The following tips help me accomplish my goals and hopefully they will help you too!

New years resolutions, you suck!

I stopped setting new years resolutions a decade ago, simply because they were often not attained. I looked for an alternative that wouldn’t give me the feeling of being a failure after not reaching my resolutions once again. Instead, I was looking for a way that would allow me to reach most if not all my goals, consistently.

Visualize your goals

I visualize all my goals on a vision board. I created a vision board on a big piece of cardboard to illustrate my master plan and I’ve made a few digital vision boards in Canva for the smaller goals. Every time pass I by the masterpiece I’m constantly reminded of:

  • What I’m working on at the moment;

  • Where I’m heading;

  • How far along I am and what needs to be done to get it done.

This always gives me a little boost of inspiration whenever I feel stuck or feel like quitting.

Action steps

I break down the big goals into smaller goals. It will take time to achieve big goals and I’ll need to go through different phases. Therefore I map out the action steps for my master plan and I use this roadmap as a guideline.

Accountability partner

A while ago fellow entrepreneur and friend Flavina Wanga of Crab Social by Flavina asked me to become each other’s accountability partner. We share our goals and update each other on the progress. It is possible that you are less motivated at times or maybe even discouraged. Having an accountability partner can keep you on track. You can compare it with working out alone vs. exercising with a buddy or personal trainer. Most of the time, you tend to make excuses for why you can’t exercise at that moment, but you will not easily cancel the date with your exercise buddy.

Enjoy the ride

Celebrate your success, including the small ones! Don’t undervalue the smaller milestones. You’ve worked hard to get there so give yourself some credit. Do something nice, even if it’s simply by looking in the mirror and saying I’m proud of you, good job! They say, life is about the journey not the destination. Enjoy the journey to your goals.

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