Don’t let New Year’s resolutions freak you out!

New Years Goals 2018

What is it about 1 January? Maybe it’s the excitement of the New Year’s Eve countdown. As the clock strikes 12am, it seems to fire us up for epic new experiences and opportunities. 

It motivates us to write New Year’s resolutions and share countless memes on social media. We share the motivation with our friends and family, until we start stressing when we haven’t started said resolutions and realise the calendar’s pushing mid-Jan. 

Don’t worry though – the struggle 'really' is real. It affects us all – so here are some ways to chunk the massive goal of 'Land a new job' or 'Create a small biz start-up' into bite-sized steps. 

Plan, research, act

Grab a spot at a quiet cafe with your phone or tablet, or milk the good weather by taking your pen and pad down to a park. From here: 

  1. Plan how you will reach your goal/resolution – If you have aspirations to be the next web dev guru or start your own small business teaching people how to build their social media profiles, write down all the steps you think are involved. Consider whether you need to do a course to become qualified, any on-the-job training, or whether, like a pilot, you need to clock up any hours practising your skill.   

  2. Do some research – To help you get started, search online for keywords or terms relevant to your goals. You could also talk to people who are already doing what you want to do. If you’re looking for the lowdown on a certain job or a group of jobs, you’ll find them all on our jobs database. For each job you can find out about chances of getting work, pay, how to enter the job, how many people work in that job in New Zealand, the skills and knowledge you’ll need – plus more. Use the information that’s available at your fingertips.

  3. Identify any obstacles that will stop you reaching your goal/resolution – Note these down, and then make a plan to remove them. For example, you may need to get an evening job so you can study during the day. Have a good plan for how you’ll tackle any obstacles so they don’t stop you reaching your goals.  

Get your crew of supporters on board

Think about sharing your plan with your whānau and friends, so they can support you. Sometimes one of the biggest hurdles you'll face is keeping your motivation and commitment game strong. By sharing your goals, you’re bringing them to life.

Talking to others about your goals can also make things clearer. As your biggest crew of supporters, your friends and family may suggest ideas you haven't thought of.

Check how you're doing

Check in with your plan every couple of weeks to see how you’re doing. Tick off the things you’ve achieved, and add any new steps you need to take. 

Remember, you'll probably have to repeat these steps a number of times to turn your vision into reality. It’s OK to change your plan or add to it. You may find yourself at sports practice, buying food, or even waking up in the middle of the night with fresh ideas. Go with the flow and turn the ideas into action by breaking them down into bite-sized chunks.

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Robert Collier     

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