Happy New Year Eve! This will be a quick post about what my goals are and how we can achieve our goals together. 2015 was a year of significant growth and I am excited to push forward in the new year. Do you have big resolutions you set every year that seem to come up dramatically short by the end of the year? Here are four tips to make 2016 the best year yet.
Write down your goals.
Writing down your goals is extremely important. It’s solidifying the fact that this is something you want and not just a dream you have in your head that seems surreal and unattainable. It’s important to keep both a personal journal and a work journal no matter what that be. Say you really want a 4.0 GPA next semester, to earn this internship over the summer, and to save enough money to study abroad next fall. Those are big goals that can become extremely overwhelming if you don’t keep track of them everyday. I’m pledging to write more consistently in my work journal as well. Keep your personal journal for things like family issues, problems with a significant other or even happy moments with friends. You do want to separate these things because often times we tend to forget about our work when problems arise in our personal lives or maybe we get so stuck in maintaining the GPA we want and working 30+ hours while in school, we forget to write down what’s really affecting us mentally that could lead to a breakdown down the road. Writing things down will always be a constant projection of what you want to achieve in the next year. Creating a vision board to put on your bedroom wall with positive pictures and words of encouragement from your family, favorite authors, or TV shows is a fun activity to remind you to master your goals every time you look at it.
Say you are trying to get a 4.0 GPA this Spring semester. You study hard and on your first round of tests you get all As. Congrats! That to me is a benchmark. You have to set short term goals to achieve while still having the main goal in mind. Instead of thinking, oh man I have to get all A’s on everything all semester. Think in shorter terms. Hey, I’m just working on getting an A on my tests next week and then I’ll focus on the next tests when I’m finished. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself. Think in small chunks and push from there. When you do well, make sure to celebrate it. The small successes are so important to reaching your final goal. Be happy about it!
Dream big but be realistic.
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something UNLESS you actually can’t do it. Now who determines whether or not you can do something? Only you can in terms of reaching your goals. Working 40+ hours and maintaining a 4.0 GPA seems like a lot to me, but there are people out there who are able to do it. You need to take some time and really get to know what’s important to you and how serious you are about achieving your goals. Once you start taking yourself seriously and being serious about your goals others will start taking you serious too. But it all has to come from you. I encourage everyone to go the extra mile. Don’t just be in school going to class and getting average grades. Be the person who is working on their own side business or is taking up a leadership role in an organization or volunteers during their off time. College is a time to really get involved in whatever (good thing) you can get your hands into. Go start a business, go apply for president of an organization, go get your 4.0 GPA, go try out for that new dance team even though you can’t dance all that well. Put yourself out there and work hard to get what you want. You never know what opportunities may be open for you.
Have a support system.
This is very important. Without a support system many people will give in if they do not have the self drive to keep them going. We all need some kind of support. If you plan to lose weight, join a network of other people that will workout with you. I want to increase my followers on my blog so I’ve joined a network of other bloggers who I will support and they will support me. Ask your friends to keep you accountable for your goals and if they’re good friends then they’ll help you. Don’t feel you have to do everything by yourself. I think any strong business person knows that having a network of people that will help you and that you can help back is important. I’m putting my goals out on my blog for everyone to see so that you all will hopefully keep me accountable for putting out my weekly blog posts and putting my camera to use.
- Writing at least two blog posts a week.
- A weekly vlog on my YouTube channel.
- Increase my followers on YouTube to 1,000.
In the new year I want to be here for you all and I want you all to be here for me! I’m all about helping people and working with others to become better for the rest of the world. Comment below what your goals are and how you plan to achieve them! Much love to you all. Don’t forget to subscribe to my social media pages. 😉 #OwnYourTruth
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