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Two simple ways to achieve your goals this year

Goodness – are we approaching the end of the second month of the year already? Before we know it 2013 will be here, and with it feelings of guilt and frustration that the same things we marked as a priority to achieve in 2012 creep onto the list for 2013.

how to achieve your goals, how to be a successful working mumHaving a New Year’s resolution is a great way to kick off the year but too many people jump off the boat quick. For mums, it’s quite easily done – if you’re constantly putting everyone else’s needs and wants ahead of your own, eventually you make yourself such a low priority that you don’t achieve anything for yourself.

You will need to be patient but if you take the steps needed to achieve your goals before actually making the resolutions, you will have a better chance at succeeding – here are some tips:

Be realistic about your goals
Having a dream is great, but achieving that dream becomes unattainable if it is too unrealistic. You may dream about becoming a director of your own company, which is achievable in the year, but if you plan to become a director of a multi-million pound company in two weeks, it is wholly unrealistic.

Be realistic with your resolutions and you will have a better chance at being able to achieve your resolutions.

Get a buddy to keep you on track
A good way to feel the drive to succeed is to tell a friend about your resolutions. This will need to make yourself accountable for your actions and so it is crucial that you focus on finding a friend that you can trust. If you didn’t share your plans with someone like this and haven’t got anywhere so far in achieving your goals, now is the time to find a buddy! You can also do the same for them…

This friend doesn’t have to be trying to achieve the same things you are, but they can help challenge and motivate you through the process.

Choose this buddy wisely – someone who is pessimistic won’t do much for your confidence. But someone who nags and pushes you to overkill won’t do it either! Find someone who is level-headed, who listens and acts as a voice of reason.

These are two simple things that you can do so that you will have a better chance at finally going through with your New Year’s resolutions.

As long as you stay realistic and you tell a friend, you will surely see more success this coming year.

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