This is the time everyone starts making new years’ resolutions and most people dismiss these as something that gets started in January but has quickly fallen apart by February. Setting yearly goals are similar but there is one clear difference – you start with the end in mind.
For example, if you have a new years’ resolution to lose weight but miss going to the gym for a few days and have a few desserts you know you shouldn’t have, it’s easy to give up the resolution as it requires to consistently working towards losing weight. A yearly goal allows you the freedom that even if there are times when you won’t strictly adhere to your year end goals, there is time to make up the difference. It’s not punishing yourself if you fail to work towards your goal every single day. It’s about keeping the end in mind.
Think of a tennis player – yes, they would like to win every single match but they know that will very likely not happen. They have the end goal of winning a major championship in mind – to keep improving so they can reach their goal.
So what are your goals for this year?
Are you planning to start studying? Or are you going to take on extra subjects so you can finish quicker? Or are you working on finally being able to graduate this year?
Whatever your goal is, make sure you have a clear view of it at the start of the year so when times get tough in the middle (as they invariably do) you can remind yourself of what you’re working towards.
Don’t forget not to beat yourself up if you’re not working towards your goal every day – remind yourself that you’re working towards achieving your end goal.