8 Useful Tips How To Set Goals For 2020

  • Setting up reasonable and achievable goals is a big deal
  • Setting up specific goals is vital for your ability to focus on the tasks one by one
  • Setting up measurable goals allows you to track your results properly
  • Setting up achievable goals is important for your self-confidence
  • Setting up relevant goals ensures that you stay on target
  • Setting up timely goals helps you stay motivated and prevents slacking off

Number 1: Think long-term and look at the bigger picture

A great way to approach goal-setting is to figure out the desired result before you begin your planning and work your way backwards. If you wanted to, for example, purchase a property, you would first need a certain amount of funds. You could achieve this by investing in the market, by furthering your career, or even by starting a business. The same approach can (and should) be applied to just about any goal that you can think of — from the simplest to the most ambitious of ideas. Additionally, looking at the bigger picture allows you to map out your journey much better by splitting the larger goal into smaller, easily trackable objectives.

Number 2: Breaking it down

The larger your goal, the more intimidating it will appear. And while some people can find motivation in this, most of us would much rather work with manageable, bite-sized tasks instead. Breaking everything down will relieve a great deal of pressure and allow you to laser-focus your attention on the tasks one-by-one. I utilise this strategy every day in the writing of my books. When you look at a book-writing project, it seems really intimidating. We’re talking about writing thousands (oftentimes — hundreds of thousands) words that you just can’t imagine ever finishing in your entire lifetime. But when I write my books, I simply set a goal of about 1 500 words per day. I know that, as long as I write at least 1 500 words, I’m making progress. This makes the entire process much less stressful, and it allows me to stay on track without pushing myself too hard.

Number 3: Putting your goals to paper

By putting things on paper, you are making a conscious commitment to your goal. As an aside, it doesn’t matter whether you write your ideas down in a notebook or store them on your digital device — this is just down to personal preference. What matters here is the act of writing, the commitment itself. You’re telling your mind that the achievement really does matter to you. This will not only allow you to track everything a lot easier but will also provide you with additional bits of motivation, which can go a long way.

Number 4: Dream Big but Remain Realistic

As I noted above, there’s nothing bad about dreaming big. As a matter of fact, I’d advise you all to dream as big as you can. Think about the absolute best things that you can do or have in your life. Then, think of how you’d get to that point. Find a realistic approach and stick to it. Of course, some things might remain out of reach. Building your own start-up in the span of a few years is a very reasonable goal. Becoming a world-renowned leader in astrophysics, especially if you lack prior experience in the field, however, is probably outside the scope of your capabilities.

Number 5: Don’t overestimate yourself

A common mistake in the business world, overestimating your capabilities is one of the leading factors for failure. You can achieve anything, as long as you’re dedicated and persistent. But you can’t achieve it overnight. Good things can sometimes take a long time, and rushing won’t get you very far. Best case scenario, you’ll burn yourself out and experience delays.

Number 6: Stick to Your Goals

After you’ve figured out who you want to be and where you want to go, you need to make sure that you stick to your guns. Sign up for the necessary courses, build up connections, master the required skills, and always stay focused. There will be delays, there will be days where you just can’t seem to move forward, there will be disappointments, and there will be failures. But you can’t use this as an excuse to give up! Keep moving forward, one step at a time, and you will eventually get there.

Number 7: Track your progress

Set aside a couple of minutes every week to review your progress. Check whether you’re moving closer or further from achieving your goals, and make sure that you’re moving at a steady pace. If you’re moving faster than anticipated, think about giving yourself a well-deserved break. If you’re not going fast enough, look for the things that are getting in your way and work towards removing them from your life.

Number 8: Celebrate your successes

Tracking your progress also allows you to know the exact time when you’ve reached a milestone. And that’s always worthy of celebration. No matter how big or small the achievement might seem, you should always take the time to celebrate your success. After all, you’ve earned it!

And this is my bonus tip for you:

If you happen to be new to self-improvement, here’s a couple of nice goals to get you started in 2020:

  • Lead an eco-friendlier life — lower your carbon footprint, work towards removing plastics from your household, turn towards renewable and reusable solutions
  • Work on your budgeting — adopt a more minimalistic approach to life, lower your spending and try to save at least 10% of your income
  • Look into investing — research your local investment opportunities, carefully consider your options and sign up for some courses
  • Spend more time with your friends and family — appreciate what you have and take the time to show your love and gratitude
  • Expand your contact network — go out, meet new people and form lasting connections with worthwhile individuals
  • Read more books — sit down and research the topics that you’re passionate about, find sources inspiration and learn new skills


Please note that, as with all of my content, this piece is based entirely on my personal research and experience. Everything that I’ll share with you in this article has worked for me and has helped me improve my own life, but I can’t guarantee that it will be just as effective for you. I am by no means a financial expert or some sort of guru. As always, I’d advise you to carefully research your options or consult with an expert before introducing significant changes to your lifestyle.



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Antoaneta Tsocheva

Antoaneta Tsocheva

Entrepreneur and eco-friendly enthusiast. I’m on a green mission to clean up the way we live. Share the passion — follow my journey now! http://bit.ly/2FloQoQ