How to *actually* achieve your goals this year

Emma Lewis from Canvast speaks GigSuper’s language – it’s one of the main reasons she's a GigSuper expert partner. With Canvast's range of stylish, undated and uniquely designed goal-setting planners Emma's helping women take charge of both their business and professional lives. In this guest blog for us, she sheds some light on how goal-setting works.

There’s something special about a new year, especially after the year we’ve just had.  If 2020 taught us anything it’s that we can cope with change (yep, even big change). And now that 2021 is (finally) here, setting yourself goals for the year is the perfect way to reset.

So, here’s how to do just that, without feeling completely overwhelmed.

Setting goals can be exciting!

The number of people I’ve spoken to whose excitement levels for 2021 have increased 10-fold after setting goals is, well, wild. I highly recommend taking an entire day to yourself and going somewhere that inspires you to get stuck into some goals for this year.  Do it solo or up the inspiration and do it with a goal-setting pal.

Ask yourself some important questions.

What are you trying to achieve this year? Why do you want to achieve that particular goal? What’s the MOST important thing to you? Are there other areas of your life that'll need to change in order to achieve your goal? Time management? Your lifestyle? Money? Friends?

Go deep, this is the time to make yourself some epic promises. The kind that you’ll look back on in 12-months time and be so grateful that you did.

Let go of the pressure.

A lot of people fail when it comes to goal-setting because they think it’s linear.  That once they set a goal and start working towards it it’s locked in and they have to keep going, even if it sucks, or it’s not working or it no longer makes them happy.  Not true! The beautiful thing about goals is that you can change them (really, you can) and pivot along the way.  Don’t force it. You have to love what you’re working towards! Hot tip: The magic comes from the DOING.

Don’t try to do everything at once.

Take a goal, one at a time, and break it down into small, actionable steps.  By breaking your goals down into smaller steps you can see what’s required, both in steps and in the time required to achieve it.  Believe it or not, goals are time-consuming little things. You know the saying, if you try to do a million things at once, you ultimately end up doing none.  Start with one goal, and once you get the hang of things, introduce more.  

Be realistic about your goals.

I’ve seen it time and time again.  We set big goals with the best of intentions, but no real plan on how we’re actually going to achieve them.  Is your goal within your means and capabilities? Or do you need to take a step back and re-evaluate?  Don’t throw the whole thing away, just make sure it’s attainable.  I hate to be that person who uses acronyms, but setting SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based) goals is ideal.  

Get clear.

You can’t just say, “I want to get fit this year” or “I want to be more money savvy” – how will you ever measure if you reached your goal?

Try: “I want to go to the gym 4 times a week and reach a PB deadlift of 100kg” – see? SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ATTAINABLE.

Or: “I want to save $200 a week to put towards a house deposit” – again? SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE and (depending on your wage) ATTAINABLE.

Very important.

Time is money, honey.

By putting a timeline on your goal, you’re keeping yourself accountable and most importantly, on track.  If you *really* want to achieve your goals, making time for them and working towards them is crucial. Goals don’t just achieve themselves, they come with hard work and sacrifice...but by golly the end rewards are worth it.

The most successful people I know are the ones who set goals for themselves.  Goals don’t always have to be big and bold.  But I’ll leave you with my biggest tip of all: The best goals of all are the ones that make you happy.  You know the ones, the ones you dream about – yeah, those ones.  

Now, go get ‘em tiger.  

Head on over to Emma’s GigSuper partner page to read more about the work Emma is doing and to discover more about her partnership with GigSuper.