New year – old you
At the beginning of every new year, people tend to write down their intentions, new year resolutions and they even prepare a vision board. However, while so many aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of them will ever experience the taste of victory. Do you wonder why? Because a new year does not necessarily mean a new you. Instead, it is the old you but wiser and more experienced. You are the carrier of your knowledge and the master of your faith; thus, you can only be the good old you but in a better form.
Setting yourself up for success
Knowing exactly what you want to achieve is the first and most important step. Be clear and certain about what you aspire to! The second and most crucial step is setting your goals based on your vision. Setting goals plays a fundamental role in the development of skills in various parts of life, such as in work, in your professional and personal relationships, and in everything else in between.
Studies have shown that the SMART principle is quite effective, but how is it relevant to setting yourself up for success? This principle stands for:
- Specific – What is your exact goal?
- Measurable – What indicators will you look for to measure progress and success?
- Attainable – Are your goals reachable considering your lifestyle?
- Relevant – Are your goals aligned with relevant milestones that lead you in the direction you want your life and career to be?
- Time-bound – What is your deadline?
This process will help you to take your dreams and ambitions and turn them into concrete targets. Understanding the importance of such techniques builds the way for your success.
Making changes that turn into life-long habits
Setting goals requires consideration. Achieving them takes time – and this is the magic behind this process. Once you set the right goals and start working towards your plan, you will make progress. The most crucial part of success lies in making consistent progress. There are many kinds of external factors that make goals easier or harder to achieve. Once you align your environment with your ambitions, you will make progress in the long run. It is easier to achieve your dream in the long term when your goal-setting routine transforms into a sustainable mindset. Surround yourself with a positive environment and with mentors who guide you through your journey toward success. The trick is to know yourself, understand your goals, and show up.
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” – Pablo Picasso