By Urban Dictionary definition a goal digger is
: one who desires the finer things in life but is happy to work hard and set goals in order to get there.
That my friends is something we should all be able to do!
As we ring in the New Year and say goodbye to 2016 it’s time to look back and reflect on our past years goals. Did we set goals for ourselves that were easy to achieve? Or did they challenge us? Did we give up half way through the year or even half way through January? Did we really desire to achieve the goals that we set for ourselves?
I’m sure we all have different aspects of our lives that we wish to change or develop and now it’s the perfect time to really think about them and figure out what it is we can do this upcoming year to make a difference!
What do you want to change in your life?
Whether it be spiritual, personal, relationship, career, finance, or health related there is always something we can be doing to improve the way that we live. If you can remember what goal(s) you set for yourself at the beginning of 2016 and you were able to achieve what you hoped for then congratulations! Most people actually don’t follow through with their resolutions though. Below is a list of the top 5 New Year resolutions made by Canadians in 2015 going into 2016. Pay close attention to one very similar characteristic in all of them…
- Living a healthier lifestyle
- Focus on the positives
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Be true to one’s self
- Learn something new
If you noticed that most of them aren’t very specific you’re right! Of course some individuals do make more specific resolutions in each category but overall most people will make resolutions so vague that they’re near impossible to achieve! So here are the secrets that I believe will work in helping you become a GOAL DIGGER in 2017.
1. Make Sure Your Desire For Change Is Strong
It’s simple, if you don’t have a desire to make a change then that change isn’t going to happen like you want it to or even at all! When you’re planning your New Year resolutions take a step back and take time to think about what changes you really desire in your life. This might even mean thinking back to what you wanted at the start of 2016. If you had a goal and didn’t even get close to achieving it, then it might be better to focus on something else. But if you feel it’s the right time now and you really want to try and achieve that goal again then just do it! It’s an inside thing, you can try telling yourself to workout 5 times a week, but if your hearts not in it, how good are your workouts really going to be? Probably not as good as they could be!
Unlike the top 5 resolutions above, make sure to narrow down your resolutions and goals. Instead of telling yourself you’re going to “live a healthier lifestyle” narrow it down by saying you’ll workout 4-5 times a week for an hour each time or switch out your eggs for egg whites in the morning! Narrowing your goals down makes them much more achievable.
3. Create A Time Frame
What’s a goal if you have until death to achieve it! (some goals might be exceptional though) But in order to make visible changes in your life and achieve goals that you know will enhance the way you live you need to set a time frame to complete them in. Is your goal short term or long term? Typically a New Years Resolution applies to a goal that you want to achieve within that year, so let’s focus on that. It’s important to know what resources (like time or money) are needed to achieve your goal because those can either be barriers or aids. Also think of what branch your goal falls under such as finance, health, habit, or skill. Each different branch takes a different amount of time to achieve and some might take you longer than you hope for depending on the situation. If it’s a good habit you’re trying to achieve then that can develop quickly if you stick to it! If its more personal, career, or relationship related then it may take longer.
4. Keep Your Goals In Mind At All Times
If that means having them written on every piece of paper you can find then do it! Your desire for change is what will really push you to keep working towards your goals. A Pinterest board could be a good option as well, to remind you why you want to achieve your goal or to motivate you to work towards it. If you do create a board though try not to drool over unrealistic images (Example A: fitness photos!). Pin photos that are reasonable for the goals you have set for yourself instead of possibly putting yourself down in the long run realizing that you didn’t achieve the dream body you’d been looking at the entire year.
This is very important because we all have the power to put ourselves down and stop ourselves from achieving what we desire. Our minds can do crazy things to us! So if you can believe in yourself then you’re already halfway there.
Who’s ready to take on 2017!! Let’s all be goal diggers and remember that without a goal there can be no real success!