Happy New Year! The ball has dropped, the champagne has popped and the cheers are pouring in. It’s time to ring in 2019 with excitement and joy. What will you plan for the year ahead? Will you look back to 2018 and see how you did on your resolutions? Resolutions can be tough to follow. Why not try goals that are measurable, smart and attainable? Here are some goal setting tips that will help you whether your goal is a new career or a new car.

1. Thoughts Become Things

If you think, “What if I fail?” you’ll be focused on failing and will likely fail at your goal. However, if you focus on succeeding and winning at your goal, then that will be your outcome. Think about how great it will be to reward yourself for a goal set, and achieved. Vision boards can be very useful here as a reminder of both your goals and your rewards.

2. Set SMART Goals

Dr. Joe Vitale said, “A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot.” That’s a great measure as is the S.M.A.R.T. method to ensure you succeed with the goals you set. S.M.A.R.T. goals are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.

3. Stay Focused

We all set goals with the best of intentions to achieve them, right? Think of the gym in January for example. It’s packed with people but by March it’s back to the regulars. This happens when we get bored with our goals and lose focus. If you get bored, ask yourself “Is this challenging enough?” If you experience anxiety, ask yourself “Do I have the right skill set to achieve this goal?” Remember that when you align your experience and skill set you’re aligned to achieve your goal and, while never easy, success is always worth it.

 4. Form Habits

According to Dr. Maltz, it takes 21 days to form a new habit and while “motivation gets you started, HABIT keeps you going.” If you use the 21/90 rule you’ll be in great shape. That rule goes like this. After 21 days you’ve developed a habit. Once you’ve established the habit, you continue to do it for another 90 days. If you can keep something up for 3 weeks and then another 90 days it will become a permanent lifestyle change. This might be a new routine for your day, a new schedule, or a reminder that helps you focus on the ‘why’ of your goals.

5. Plan a Reward

Goals are a great thing to keep us motivated and help us achieve success in life. They keep both people, and businesses, on track to success each day. They’re even better when they’re motivated by a reward at the end of them. For example, if you have a goal to do more meditation weekly and achieve it for 90 days, give yourself a small reward to hitting that goal. Maybe it’s a new meditation app or pillow. Rewards don’t need to be big or expensive, but they do work well as part of an overall goal program and help us get to the finish line.