The new year is around the corner and we are all looking forward to writing down new year resolutions. To some of us, 2018 has been great, to the rest of us, It hasn’t been so great. Thus, we are looking for a fresh start to elevate our minds, and that’s why resolution has become a tradition, dating from years back.

According to Forbes, only 8% of people achieve their new year’s resolution (when I saw this, I was like WHATT?!). I know before the first quarter of the year, most of us discard goals we’ve set out to achieve but I didn’t expect that tiny percentage. There are various studies online that has proven this fact, which made me wonder why many of us fail at goal setting, and why do some of us succeed?

Here are few points I culled up to make certain we are hitting those goals for REAL in 2019.

Points to Consider

PLAN EARLY:

Majority of us wait till January to make plans, which isn’t meant to be so. After all the celebration that December brings, we all face January and its 365 days, and if you don’t have a plan, then you start thinking of what to do, how to go about it, and then progressively, it weighs you down. You will eventually get to a point of let’s just see how it goes, and that’s how you’re on the path of not realising your 2019 goals, because you had none to begin with. Basically, planning early will save a lot of emotional stress.

KEEPING IT SIMPLE:

The new year comes with lots of positivity and excitement, and most of us start writing things we’ll like to accomplish professionally or personally. Although, truth be told, some of these goals are quite elaborate and/or overwhelming.

Personally, I have written down elaborate goals in the past and ended up not achieving them, so keeping my resolution list short now. There’s a saying that it is more reasonable to set attainable goals throughout the year, thus, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working towards it.

BE SPECIFIC:

Looking forward to keeping fit or developing yourself professionally? then you have to make clear plans. One of my goals for 2018 was to keep fit. I set out Saturdays with a friend to do that but it lacked consistency. Thinking about it now, figured I would have allocated specifics, such as yoga this Saturday, abs training next, and so on. By doing that, it fuels accountability and I won’t stress over how I slacked and start to catch up on all the training’s.

Professionally, I intend taking more online courses, specifically in the tech field. Word on the street is that by 2030, most people will lose their jobs because of artificial intelligence. So,  I will advice you try to be technologically sound.

More-so, if you are thinking of how to improve yourself career wise, then online courses is a great approach. Most especially if you don’t have a job. There are lots of unemployed graduates in Nigeria and not enough jobs to offset this issue, so while waiting, make yourself more employable and gain some skills.

These days most employers are focused on how you filled your unemployment gap. Were you just waiting to be called for a job? or were you improving your self worth? If you have a job, are you not looking to advance in your career?

Currently, taking a course on coursera, and there are other free course sites such as futureLearn, edX, Udacity, Alison, and freecodecamp etc. If you want a certificate after your course, then you have to pay a small fee (they have to make profits too).

BE HOPEFUL:

A writer from the Los-Angeles times stated that willpower equals malleability. So people who fail to achieve their goals blame it on their lack of willpower. In essence, there will be bumps on the road but we have to keep our hopes alive as we climb it.

Additionally, if you’re looking to focus on financial planning. I will recommend subscribing to Smart Money Arese’s newsletter, or you can purchase Toni Tone’s (@t0nit0ne) finance template for 1.99 pounds). That’s a step to killing your financial management in 2019.

MLK said if you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.

Start making those plans today.

Talk to you in my next post!

 

 

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