HAPPY NEW YEAR BLACK YOUNG PROFESSIONALS!!
At the start of every year, you may go all out with typical new year's resolutions and your list may look something like this:
Go to church more
Eat less fatty foods
However by the beginning of February, you've probably put ON weight and already blown your whole January salary because you waited an extra week after getting paid just before Christmas.
The essence of this post is to give a few pointers on how to kickstart the new year in a positive and productive way by setting manageable and realistic goals, so that ultimately you can set yourselves up for an amazing year.
1. Write your goals down
Writing your goals down makes them tangible, as opposed to just ideas in your mind that you would like to achieve. Give them pride of place so that you are reminded everyday that you are working towards something. Have them in post it note form on your desk at work, or on your fridge at home - just be sure you take a quick look at them a couple of times each day so they stay fresh in your mind.
Alternatively, there are some useful websites/apps for recording your goals in thoughtful and imaginative ways;
Dear Future Me is a website in which you write yourself a letter and submit it. It is then stored and sent back to you in the month and year of your choosing.
The 'Success Wizard' app, available on the iTunes app store is also another in depth and comprehensive tool for goal setting and changing habits.
2. Make your goals clearly defined and measurable
As I mentioned earlier, it is common for people to have the same general new years resolutions - i.e lose weight or save more. However, without specific targets in mind you can lose momentum and motivation quite quickly, as well as missing out on achieving your full potential. To combat this, be specific in your aspirations as goals should be written with simplicity. Clearly define what you are going to do, why you want to do it and how you are going to get there. If you want to lose weight, specify how many stones or kilograms. If you want to save more money, set yourself a target figure or a certain percentage that you will set aside from your salary each month.
Making your goals measurable gives tangible evidence of how you are doing on your journey, and this gives a conclusion that will enable you to determine when your goal has been achieved.
3. Track your progress
Being able to see your goals every day as stated in the first point will tie in with tracking your progress. Set a certain day, the first of each month for example, to see how much closer you are to reaching your clearly defined and measurable goals. Being able to see the little steps you take towards what you want will motivate you to keep going even when things get a bit more challenging. You'll feel a great sense of achievement by being able to see how far you've come each month.