Unfortunately, most of us set goals for each new year that never become realized. Some of us have repeated goals from last year.  Most people set a goal only to give up on it within a month. Ask yourself this question: What is the most important new thing I wish I would accomplish? Are you going to set your goal as a New Year’s resolution? Will you end up failing your  friends who are cheering you on as well as you?

Goal setting is one of the absolute best things you can do for your life if you know what you are doing. Most people really have no clue what it takes to set a successful goal. If that’s you that’s totally okay—you are reading this article now. Here are 10 things you must do to successfully set resolutions for 2019.

  1. Set goals that you can define. You must completely understand why you have the motivation to achieve it/them. Example: I would like to loose 30 lbs by January 1, 2020 because I am at a severe risk of getting diabetes. I don’t want to become a slave to a mechanical device for the health of my body.
  2. Know what is going to cost you. If you don’t have a clear vision in mind. Know what things in your life that you will have to be cleared away so you can cross the finish line.
  3. Set an action plan and break it down day by day for what you need to do. Our big goals can only be achieved by mastering many small decisions. If you have a goal to reading 1 book a week, you would best be served to set aside 1 hour a day to read.
  4. Start visualizing the end result. Once you have set in your mind you are going to do something, its amazing how much easier supporting decisions become to achieve your goal.
  5. Tell your goal to 3 other people. Tell them why you are are going to do it and what you are going to do if you don’t reach your goal. How committed are you to achieving your goal? Would you shave your head? Would you donate a large amount of money to a charity you totally don’t believe in? If you have a powerful consequence as a motivation you will be much more likely to achieve your goal.
  6. Find at least one person to hold you accountable. Give them permission to ask you how you are doing.
  7. Figure out a celebration for yourself when you achieve your goal. The bigger the goal, the bigger the celebration. (If you are planning to lose weight, don’t have a party with all the wrong food as it could start you back in the wrong direction again.)
  8. Figure out how you can make the achievement of your goal help other people. Helping others should be a huge motivation for you and is also a good way to start a movement.
  9. Read about people who have done what you are looking to do. Find out how and what worked for them and the motivations they used.
  10. Set milestones for you to reach your goal. Set up markers along the way to help you have small wins. The bigger the goal, the more research you will have to put in. You will have to figure out you where your milestones need to be in terms of reaching your goal. How big you set your goal really depends on how motivated you are to reach it.

Feel free to set goals that you think are impossible. If you set a goal 10x bigger than what you think you can achieve and you do 2x more than you thought was possible, you still are ahead.

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