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Hello! Hello to all my readers in my first blog post of 2020. After a rather long festive break I am totally ready to get back into everything and back into blogging. Towards the end of the year last year I took a bit of a back step as my workload increased a lot, but now I am very much ready to manage my time a little better and make it all work. Which leads me on nicely to the topic of this blog – setting your new year goals and most importantly, sticking to them.

At this time of year, it can be very overwhelming when we are all starting to get back into a routine whilst also making some changes for whatever reason. The main thing to remember is that the reason only needs to be because it is something you genuinely really want, and it is for you. So, what are my tips for making them happen?

Realistic Goals

Ultimately there is no point whatsoever in setting a goal if you know right from the beginning that it simply will not be achieved. Yes, I agree that you have to be ambitious and push yourself in order to grow, but you also have to appreciate that we are all human and a realistic goal is much more likely to happen. For example, I knew that I want to take on my degree last year as part of my 2019 goals, however with work and everything else in life a full-time study career simply was not possible. In the end, I settled for part time studying, meaning I could work towards my dream of completing the degree whilst also working and building my business.

An Action Plan

A goal without a plan is pretty much just a dream without any drive to actually get there. For every goal you set yourself, no matter how big nor small, it needs to have a form of an action plan to go with it. If it doesn’t, how on earth do you know how you are going to achieve it? One of my main goals this year is to double my client base within my business. How am I going to do this? I have a daily tracker sheet that I tick off each day with how many companies I have reached out to on various platforms, as well as my own personal marketing etc… by doing this, it is impossible for me not to achieve my goals.

Small chunks of time

For me, the best way to stick to any plan is always to break it down into very small bite size chunks. So, for 2020, all my goals, action plans and diary are only for now until the end of March. I can’t comprehend where I will be past that, how I will be feeling or anything, so the only way to stay on track is to purely focus on the now and the months coming up very soon. What is the point in worrying about December when February hasn’t even happened yet!

Regular Reviews

Another way to stay on track is to regularly monitor your progress and really review your goals. Really challenge yourself and accept that sometimes your goals will need to be changed or indeed your actions plans changed in order to achieve them. By reviewing them and monitoring your progress you are only ever setting yourself up for a positive result.

Breaking a habit

So, apparently it takes 21 days to break a habit. Do you think you can stick to your action plan for 21 days in order to achieve your goals? For me, using my bite size chunk theory, I really am only thinking about the next 21 days for the moment. I am focusing my energy on getting into the routine and solidly enforcing my action plan to achieve my 2020 goals. Can you do this too?


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