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New year? New goal?

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Winnie Cheng

Wed Jan 16 2019 06:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Stepping into 2019, we all have different new goals. Keeping fit? Doubling revenue? Or stepping out of comfort zones? Enthusiasm is usually sparked in the beginning, which started to fade after a few days. No matter how large your goals are, there are a few suggestions to help you to get over the struggles when reaching them.

Be consistent


Consistent is a substantial element when approaching your goals. Otherwise, the outcome may not be the one that you anticipated for. In fact, as human beings, are naturally programmed to the take the path of least resistance. However, don't let inertia get to you!



Consistency does not mean you are committed to your goals day-to-day. This means dedicating to a goal routinely, just like a habit. Despite how long it takes to get to it, stay focused and commit the right amount of time to confirm the progress. You can reward yourself for any progress once you met one of the milestones.



Be persistent


Time is needed for the goal to be reached, no matter the size of them. Sometimes you may underestimate the time that takes to complete different tasks. Working towards your goal, you may feel frustrated, devalue yourself or give up accomplishing things you planned to do.



Check the goal regularly if you are on the line of giving up. Track the progress and identify barriers you met. Diagnose what motivates you and what discourages you. Keep motivating you by rewards, ranging from a small bite of biscuit to travelling. Frame your goal statement positively and make a to-do-list and action plan (make sure you stick to it).



Take criticism productively


Instrumental to reaching goals is taking others’ perspectives into account. For example, a writer reads her work 10 times and finds no error, while her mother finds typo at her first read. However, facing constructive criticism, you are not alone that many of us may react with defensiveness and anger, so don’t take the criticism personally.



You should see criticism as a stepping stone for you to move forward to achieve a better outcome. After all, people have blind spots. Take the appraisals enthusiastically and try to improve on your weakness. Adopt the most effective approach to reach your goals and then you will definitely become a stronger leader.



Have a concrete plan



Having a solid plan is important to accomplish your goals. Without planning and focus, it is hard to have persistent progress, especially ambitious goals. You can’t build Rome in one day, right?


Facing large or long term goals, it is critical to break these goals into smaller goals. Short term aims can serve as stepping stones to reach the full goals. Break down the ultimate goal into smaller goals, you will find it easier to keep track on the progress, measure your achievement and make changes if needed.



These are the keys for you to accomplish your goals and pave your way to success. Remember in heart and wish you can reach your new year resolutions.

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