Goal Setting is Hard:
5 Tips to Achieving Yours
“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”
- Melody Beattie
New Years is approaching and we will soon be celebrating the close of another year. I can safely say that this has been a year of growth for Tinypint. We have become more efficient in our day to day business, work with our clients to craft the right product for them, and take pride in watching our staff explore their talents and discover new ones. Being part of and resident to GRMakers, a makerspace, has given us the ability to create in the digital and physical world.
For instance, Bob decided that he wanted a better wallet and set a goal to create one. Using custom vectors as plans, Bob made the prototype and people loved it — So much so that orders started to come in and the GR Wallet Company was born. We are excited to see where that goes over this next year, but we know that even if it doesn’t pan out, we got one-of-a-kind wallets. That actually says a lot accomplishing goals.
The end of the year is an opportunity to cast our eye back and appreciate all that we have accomplished. Focusing on these moments help to give perspective to what we do and what our next steps will be. We can better understand why things happened the way they did and build resolve to keep a long view as we charge through our daily lives.
So now we have to plan out what we want our next year to look like. There is a lot of things we cannot predict, like going into wallet production, but being dedicated to your goals will help you define yourself in this next year.
Here are 5 goal setting tips for your upcoming year:
1. Write Down Your Goal List and Look at it Often
Anything that isn’t in the front of your mind is bound to fail quickly. Make sure that you come across your goal list regularly. Set it as your computer desktop image, put copies in your coat pockets, or even tape it to your bathroom mirror. Any way that you can nag yourself will keep you on track.
2. The Ripple Effect
We have a way of prioritizing our lives. It’s easy to put more importance on our finances than our weight. But there is a cool ripple effect when we achieve our goals. Other goals become easier to do. Consider setting goals for different parts of your life: finances, work, relationships, and health/fitness. Each one you check off will make the next easier.
3. Set Goals that are Within Reach
Starting out your new year with the goal of getting a job that has double the income will, most likely, lead to disappointment. Focus instead on goals that are more achievable within the calendar year while keeping longer term goals in mind. For instance, getting enrolled in a higher eduction program will help you towards getting that great job. These smaller, achievable goals will be benchmarks towards that greater goal.
4. Use the Buddy System!
No one can do it alone. We need our friends and family to keep us on track when the task is difficult. That may mean you ask for an accountability partner that you trust. You will find that they will be your biggest cheerleader and pick you up when you fall.
5. Reward Yourself
What’s the fun in achieving a goal without there being a reward? When you plan your goal, plan the reward. You will be more dedicated to your goal. Drive towards that vacation/desired product and it will make the struggle seem more manageable.
Achieving your dreams takes hard work and dedication. View these goals you are setting as steps towards that dream. Sure, you will run into roadblocks, but remind yourself of why these goals matter to you. Challenge yourself. Who knows, you may just be making much more ambitious goals next year!
Joshua Yuhas, Tinypint