How To Set New Year’s Goals

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Khadija Rahman
A spirited writer who looks at the world with an inquisitive mind. Passionate about many things, she is an active campaigner for women’s rights and wants to change the world, one article at a time.


New years is such a hopeful time. It is an opportunity to try again. It helps you commit to something new or revisit the old goals that you put on hold. When you hear the word New Year, the word resolution or goal automatically follows.

We have all made resolutions and to be honest; we have all failed at fulfilling them too. Have you ever wondered why you failed? Was the resolution too good to be true or you just got busy? In this blog, we will help you set reasonable and achievable goals and help you to achieve them as well.

Set goals you want to achieve

Too many people follow outside voices like our friends, family, and what the TV dictates. To complete the goals that you set, it is crucial that you feel passionate about it. If you do not know what goals really inspire you, we have just the way to help you out. 

Write down all the goals that you may be interested in achieving. The longer the list is, the better it will be. After you have written every possible goal that comes to your mind, revisit the list later, and circle the goals that excite you. Those goals are the ones that you should chase.

Your goals may contradict each other

If you randomly create a list of things you want to achieve, you won’t be able to achieve them all. We often underestimate how much time it would take to complete a task. For example, if you include “starting a business” in your goals for the year, it might overlap with your plans to travel or even working out. 

This happens because we are not clear about how much time a goal would take. In this case, don’t drop the goals, but be realistic about them. Instead of setting a goal for achieving six-pack abs by the end of the year along with starting a business, set a goal towards being healthy and more active. This way, you will be able to achieve both goals.

Make a practical plan to for your goals

If you struggle to continue the goals throughout the year, it is better to plan them out. For example, if your goal for next year is to get a new job, set a time-frame for it. It will help you work towards achieving that goal before the deadline instead of waiting around. 

To encourage yourself to achieve goals, get yourself excited by preparing for it. If it is a better job that you want, try to get excited by buying new shoes and a folder to keep your documents in. Look up videos and tips to impress the interviewer on the first attempt. This will excite you and help you work towards your goal. 

Review and update your goals

Reviewing your goals is crucial if you want to achieve them. Most people do not do it. As the months pass by, you should take a look back at the plan. You may need to make some changes if required. A lot of stuff happens that we may not have expected. 

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The goals you make should be flexible. It so happens that we make the goal  very specific. For example, you may have a goal to lose 10 kgs by the end of the year. But if you end up missing the mark even by a few kilos, it can seem like a loss. However, if your goal is to be consistent in working out, it will be easier to lose weight without having a set goal. You will also be forming a healthy habit!

Every year we set new goals or pick up goals that we were not able to complete. What matters is that we keep on trying. If we approach the goals realistically and adapt them as we go, we will surely be able to achieve them. So go ahead and make that list for the year to come!