5 Key Steps to Achieving Your Goals in 2013

Goal! (Photo credit: kidgrifter)

Welcome to the start of a new year – I can tell you I’m looking forward to making 2013 my best year yet!

A new year is the time for new year’s resolutions and plans.

According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology these are the Top 10 New Year’s resolutions:

  • Lose weight
  • Get organized
  • Spend less, save more
  • Enjoy life
  • Get fit
  • Learn something new
  • Quit smoking
  • Help others
  • Fall in love
  • Spend time with family

Many people will struggle to stick to their new year’s resolution. Why? Because you need more than just an idea or a thought. Here are my 5 Key Steps to Achieving Your Goals in 2013 (I’ll use Spend Less, Save More as my example):

1) Write it down – don’t just think it or say it, put it down in writing. Keep it somewhere close to you, look at it again – keep it front of mind. Add an inspirational photo or picture to make you feel good about it. eg. Put it on the fridge, make it a calendar reminder once a fortnight.

2) Make it tangible, quantifiable – put a number on it. Be specific with what you want to achieve so you know when you get there. eg. Reduce our spending by $20,000 – use it to pay off debt.

3) Reduce it to bite size chunks – set yourself mini goals along the way so you know exactly how you are tracking. eg. If you are paid fortnightly – increase your mortgage payments by $770 per fortnight.

4) Be accountable – tell others, it could be your wife or husband, business partner or post it on social media and be accountable to the world! eg. Spending goals should be agreed between husband and wife so both are on board or you could tell a mate or family member.

5) Celebrate your success! Once you get there make sure you enjoy the moment. eg. Open a nice bottle of red for the occasion (maybe not a Grange to undo lots of your good saving) or go out to dinner.

Follow these steps to achieve your success in 2013. There are also a host of great apps that can help you with achieving your goals like Lift (currently for iPhone but Android and Web version are coming) which allows you to track your progress and performance.

In my next post I’ll illustrate this with my cycling goal for 2013. This is a huge goal for me – to ride 6,000km this year which is about 3,000km more than I rode in 2012.

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