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4 steps to set and stick to your goals in 2018

Are you going to make goals in 2018? More importantly, are you going to smash them?

About half of us make New Year’s resolutions every year. If you’ve made a resolution before and had trouble sticking to it, don’t feel bad. Only 1 out of 10 people manage to stick to their new year goals.

There’s a lot of advice out there about what you should do if you want to reach your goals. We’ve put together an infographic listing four steps you should take to set and stick to your goals.┬áPlus, we found a couple of bonus tips.

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Make your goals positive

Instead of saying “I won’t make mistakes on my job applications” try saying “I will do accurate job applications”. A positive mind set is important to stay motivated to reach your goals.

Keep yourself accountable

Sharing your goal with a friend and reporting your progress to them is the best way to stay accountable. Research has shown people who do this are twice as likely to achieve their goals as people who don’t.

If you don’t have someone to share your goals with, you will have to keep yourself accountable. Keeping a diary or list of your progress is a simple and effective way to do this. There are heaps of free apps and websites out there to help you do just that.

Be ambitious, but also be realistic

Stretching yourself with a difficult goal is excellent for your personal development. It can force you to:

  • think creatively
  • learn something new
  • make new and positive habits
  • open your mind to different possibilities

However, there is a difference between ambitious and unrealistic goals. An ambitious goal is to change your career in the next year by getting a new qualification. An unrealistic goal is to become the CEO of Apple in the next year.

Guide to setting and sticking to goals in 2018

Inspired to make some new career goals in 2018?

Head to the jobactive website and search for jobs available in your area. While you’re there you can also see how you can:

If starting your own business is one of your goals in 2018, read our post to get advice about where you can help to do it.

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