Happy New Year! The start of a new year is always an ideal time to reflect on your achievements and set some goals for the future.
You may have heard the saying “a goal without a plan is only a dream.” Achieving goals is all about putting in place a plan of action so you know what you want to achieve and how you will get there.
Author of best-selling book Atomic Habits, James Clear says real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions which he calls “atomic habits”.
He says that achievement doesn’t have to be about making earth-shattering improvements. It can be far more meaningful and longer-lasting if you focus on making small improvements on a daily basis.
“If you get one percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done,” James says.
So, small changes can have a big impact over time:
- If you want to become fitter, start by moving 15 minutes more every day.
- If you want to learn something new, schedule a small amount of study or practise time into your daily routine.
Reflecting on your achievements.
Making time to stop and reflect on achievements can often feel a little indulgent. But reflecting on what you have accomplished builds confidence. Celebrating the wins, no matter how small, encourages you to keep going.
Take some time out at a café, park or quiet place to think about what you achieved in 2021. Write down the goals you accomplished. Acknowledge any barriers or hurdles you overcame. Go easy on yourself. 2021 was a tough year so cut yourself some slack if you didn’t quite get there.
If you added goals into the Leap in! app, you’ll be able to tick off the goals you have achieved in 2021 and see them listed as “Completed goals”.
Reviewing your goals.
The start of the year is a perfect time to review how you are progressing towards your goals. Perhaps you set an intention for 2021 or maybe did some formal goal-setting like writing your goals in a diary or app. Or your goals might be connected to your NDIS Plan.
It’s helpful to review your goals occasionally to check if they need adjusting and ensure you are taking steps to achieve them – just like the small steps suggested by James Clear.
Some questions to ask yourself:
- Do my goals still meet my current aspirations?
- Do I need to adjust any of my goals due to changes in circumstances or priorities?
- What are the actions or habits that helped me to achieve my goals?
- How close am I to achieving each goal?
- Is this a short term goal I am likely to achieve in six months or less, or a longer-term goal that might take a year or more?
If you have an NDIS Plan, the following additional questions might be helpful:
- Am I spending all of my NDIS funds?
- How can I make better use of my NDIS funds?
- Who can help me achieve my goals?
Setting goals for the new year.
Planning the actions you will take towards your goals this year will help you start the year with a strong intention.
It’s important to write your goals down and place them in an obvious location so you are reminded of them regularly. This can be done in a diary, notebook, a piece of paper, a computer or an app – whatever works for you.
5 goal setting tips.
- Be specific. Record exactly what you are aiming to achieve. For example, I will learn three songs on the guitar.
- Ensure your goals are achievable. Some people choose to have a goal and a “stretch goal” (one that pushes you that little bit harder).
- Try to set no more than three goals so it doesn’t feel overwhelming.
- Give yourself a timeframe for achieving each goal. For example, three months.
- Connect your goals to habits. What are the regular habits you can embrace that will help you achieve your goals? For example, if you wanted to learn three songs on the guitar, the habit might be practising every day for half an hour.
Get a goal buddy.
Sharing your goals with someone else can help keep you both accountable. Your “goal buddy” might be a friend, family member, support worker or mentor.
You could check in with each other every week or every month to share your progress and talk about how to overcome any obstacles that arise along the way.
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