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Written by: Mary Smith

We are still at the beginning of the new year, and hopefully you were able to set some great goals for yourself based on our last blog post. We know goals can be hard to keep sometimes, especially the goals we set in the new year. We are here to keep you motivated and on your path to complete your goals.

Did you know that 80% of people give up on their new year goals by February?

Top Reasons People Give Up on Their Goals

Starting the new year doesn’t mean you have to start your goals right on the first. Time is always moving forward, and luckily for everyone that means you can start goals at any time. Alas, not everyone has this opinion and it is one of the reasons that people fail to honor their set goals. There are many reason people give up on their goals, but we compiled the most common reasons below.

  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Not telling anyone about their goals (no accountability)
  • Giving up too easily or losing interest
  • No thoughtful plan or time management
  • Lack of honestly with yourself

Do any of these sound like you? You owe it to yourself to see your goals through; you set those goals for a reason. If you need to reevaluate your goals to tailor them to where you are in life and the parameters you can handle at the moment, then do it. Set goals that you can plan out, follow through, and complete.

S.M.A.R.T.

In our first book, we outline in great detail how to utilize the S.M.A.R.T. process. When you set your goals, you need to make them specific. By understanding exactly what you want to do, and narrowing down your goals to make them specific, you will be able to achieve your goals more efficiently. When you set a specific goal, and understand its parameters, you will be able to measure your goal. Whether you measure it based on a time frame, steps towards achievements, or anything else, if you can measure it, you can achieve it.

Ensure your goals are attainable, that means make sure you are in a place where you can reach your goals. Do you have the position, the time, the financial means, or the resources to obtain this new set goal? This leads to the next letter; make sure it is realistic. Again, you need to have the proper resources to obtain your goal. If your goal is to lose fifteen pounds in one week, that is not typically realistic (or healthy). If your goal is to lose fifteen pounds over the course of a few months, that is realistic. It is also timely! Ensure you set goals that you can measure over the course of a timely period. Give yourself enough time to complete your goals.

Benefits of Completing Goals

There are so many benefits to completing your goals and seeing your past wishes through to the end. For one, it provides you with a great base for motivation to complete other goals in your life; if you know you can complete one goal, you know you can complete any goals that you set in your life. Not only will you be motivated for future goals, you will feel an immense sense of personal satisfaction.

When you know you can complete your goals, you will feel fulfilled and a sense of purpose in life. Having a sense of purpose in life is one of the main things that makes us happy as individuals. Knowing you can complete your goals is something you need to succeed in life. Whether your goals are personal, professional, familial, or other, goals are what move us forward in life. Don’t give up on your goals this year, you owe it to yourself to see them through.

© Individual Advantages, LLC 2019 February 6
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Mary Smith

Mary has been with IA Business Advisors for 6 years. She graduated with a bachelor's in English literature with a minor in psychology, and is currently working towards her master's in organizational leadership. She enjoys writing and produces blogs for IA and several of IA's clients. Her favorite aspect of writing is the research.

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