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How to set new year’s resolutions to actually achieve what you want in life

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time to reflect on the year just past and think about some new year’s resolutions. I do this every year. It seems the right time to do this and everywhere we are inundated with reminders.

I have come up with some great goals over the years. Goals that I would love to achieve. Of course, why else would I be thinking of them? They are my own personal goals and are close to my heart.

However, the thing is, how successful have I been overall at achieving these goals? Well, truthfully I went through a number of years where I wasn’t successful at all. They were such good goals but I really hadn’t put an effective follow up in place and all my reflection and goals setting went to waste.

More recently, though, I have followed a structured plan and process and I can honestly say, it works!

To start off, I have learnt it is so important to look at my current situation objectively, without emotion and with distance. Hard to do I know but oh so powerful when you can. The next step is thinking about where I want to be in the future and what my personal vision is. A bit of daydreaming helps here! It is important to not be constrained about where you are now. Instead, focus on the future you want to create. Writing it down is very powerful too. A good activity is to write a letter to yourself in the future.

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Of course, this does not need to be done at this time. It can be done at any time of the year. The crucial point is to have a structured plan in place that can be monitored. Another key component is to make sure there are no more than three goals and one of those goals absolutely needs to relate to your inner world in which you are increasing your self-awareness. A good example of these types of goals is practicing mindfulness and meditation, maybe even doing an online meditation course. There are lots available.

I know there is a lot of talk about goal setting and whether it is effective or not. Well, all I can say for myself is that if I follow a process and am serious about improving my life, setting specific goals is worth it. The funny thing is, it is not actually about the goals themselves, it is about the momentum these goals give me to follow a certain path.


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The real value of setting goals is not in the goals themselves but in the person you become as a result of working on your goals. It is learning about yourself as a person, about growing and stretching yourself, about stepping out of your comfort zone and about manifesting more of your potential.

Sometimes I don’t even achieve those goals but what I do know for sure is that following a plan has helped me make some positive and deep-lasting changes in my life and makes me feel good about myself.

I am convinced that following a plan like this can change your world, that I have written an eBook on this topic. It is called 10 Essential Steps to Creating a Life You Love.

In reality it is a step by step plan to coach yourself to success and I know it does work! By following these steps over a time frame of your choosing, you will make deep and impactful changes to your life. You will learn more about yourself in the process and your life will be richer and more fulfilled.

If you decide to follow this plan and I hope you do because it will empower you, I would love to know how you get on. You can contact me on [email protected]

Best wishes for a fulfilling and transformative year ahead!

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Written by Jeanette Clare

I'm an Executive Manager in a large Education Institute in regional Victoria, Australia. I'm also an experienced coach who is passionate about people achieving their goals, whether it be in the workplace or in their personal lives. Check out my ideas on my Ideapod profile.

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