New Month, New Start On Goals

The first month of 2013 is over. How do you feel about the goals, resolutions or intentions you set for yourself this year?

100percentIf you didn’t follow your plans perfectly, you are not alone. Most of us who make New Year’s Resolutions or create goals for ourselves either stumble or stop trying to meet our goal.

If you “messed up” in January, that’s OK. Look at why you stumbled, make a new plan and start again. You still have 11 months in 2013 to move forward.

Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” ~Gena Showalter

Tips for Starting – Or Starting Over

 1. Create a long-term goal that is achievable but challenging. Make a SMART goal that is specific and measurable.

2.  Work toward mini goals. Don’t get overwhelmed by the timeframe or difficulty of your long-term goal. Instead, act on the things you can do immediately. Make several small goals that, when completed, lead to your long-term success.

 Think about which long-term goal you would like to do. What mini goals can you achieve this month? Which goals can you do by the end of the year?

 3. Celebrate small wins. Take a moment to congratulate yourself when you complete a mini goal. Find positive ways to reward yourself.

todo'4.  Keep moving forward. It is natural to feel frustrated, confused or tired sometimes. These moods will pass, so don’t let them overwhelm you. Continue to work on your current mini goal and you will feel energized again.

 5. Have a support system. Which of your friends and family members can help you complete your goals? Which people will give you positive support and help motivate you? Also think about the mentors, advisers, teachers or work supervisors who might give you support or information.

 “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” ~Joel Osteen


More Info:

  • How To Achieve Your Goals In 2013 (Careerealism)
  • Learn About Goals (MyMnCareers)
  • New Year’s Resolutions That Will Revamp Your Career (Come Recommended)
  • Job Search Intentions for the New Year (iSpeak)
  • 5 New Year’s Resolutions You Won’t Keep – And 5 You Will (Forbes)
  • How to Deal with Setbacks (STEP AHEAD)

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