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A NEW YOU AWAITS YOU

A NEW YOU AWAITS YOU

//Nadia AlHaroon//

 

Whenever a new year is about to hit, we seem to make these New Year’s resolutions, but why wait for the new year to arrive? Goals can be set at any time. When setting resolutions for your best self the best approach is making sure that your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-based. This makes the chances of achieving your goals much higher. Let’s break it down even further:

 

SPECIFIC
If you identify the five ‘W’ questions for your first goal, then the chances of achieving it will be significantly higher.

1.Who: Who is involved in this goal?
(Myself)

2.What: What do I want to accomplish?
(Be more knowledgeable in my work field)

3.Where: Where is this goal to be achieved?
(At home, by reading books in my area of expertise)

4.When: When do I want to achieve this goal?
(Within 6 months)

5.Why: Why do I want to achieve this goal?
(To be next in line for a promotion or desirable for other jobs)

MEASUREABLE
There needs to be a way to track your progress to make sure you are on the right track. It is great to set milestones so ask yourself the following questions:

1.How many/much?
(1 book per month and 6 books in total)

2.How do I know if I have reached my goal?
(I will set daily milestones in my calendar for six months)

3.What is my indicator of progress?
(Daily milestone set)

ATTAINABLE/ACHIEVABLE
It is important to ensure that your goal is achievable. If it isn’t attainable or achievable then you are setting yourself up for failure. Ask yourself the following questions:

1.Do I have the resources and capabilities to achieve the goal? If not, what am I missing?
(I will need to pre-order the books in my field and set aside 1 hour of reading per day)

2.Have others done it successfully before?
(A lot of famous people have done this, so if they can, I can)

REALISTIC
This means that given the resources and time available, this goal can be realistically achieved. To ensure it is realistic ask yourself:

1.Is the goal realistic and within reach?
(6 months is a realistic time frame to become knowledgeable in my field of expertise)

2.Is the goal reachable given the time and resources?
(I am capable of buying the necessary books to read one per month and I can comfortably allocate one hour per day to read)

3.Are you able to commit to achieving the goal?
(I can commit one hour per day to read)

TIME-BASED
A goal should have a beginning and an end date. This ensures that it will start and finish or else there will be no sense of urgency.
1.Does my goal have a deadline?
(I will start reading on January 25 and finish on July 25)

2.By when do you want to achieve your goal?
(By July 25)

If smart goals are set and written out clearly, this is the first step towards taking the goal you have set for yourself. It means that you have taken the time to really think about it and break it down for yourself. Another important point to note is that the first month is most definitely the hardest because you are creating a new habit, but once you power through it then it starts to feel easier. If you had enough time to read this article, then you have enough time to get started now. Don’t forget that it will be you in the making!

 


You can contact Nadia AlHaroon on her Instagram: @nadia_omnia  or drop her an email to: enquiries.nadia@gmail.com

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