How to set goals (and achieve them)

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It’s officially 2019! I’m sure you have big things planned this year both academically and personally. Are you planning on boosting your GPA? How about landing your dream job/internship? Or perhaps just aiming to get into better shape? Whatever it this time of year is perfect for setting goals.

Re-energized from the holidays, January is customarily a time for new beginnings, bringing with it a chance to reinvent or improve oneself. Unfortunately, in a few weeks, the veneer of optimism tends to wear off as the months pass and December comes back around. The goals set at the start of the year either haven’t been reached or are forgotten entirely. After years of this vicious cycle it may feel easier to give up on setting goals entirely.

Over the past year, I’ve learned several tips, tricks and mindset shifts that have radically transformed how I set my goals. Better yet they have boosted my commitment to achieving them. In this post, I am going to summarize some of the best practices I’ve learned about positive goal setting– and following through.

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Inertia

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Tonight I can’t sleep.

It’s 2:42 a.m. My alarm is set for 6:50 a.m. and here I am – typing in bed.

I hope you had a good break and enjoyed the holidays. I had a total of 10 days off. I stayed in the GTA with my family and did nothing. It was fantastic!

The holidays, in general, were as expected – merriment mixed with family, friends and just a touch of yelling, frustration, and the occasional moment of exasperation. A little bit messy, but a little bit beautiful, too.

Then came the New Year, and what does the New Year bring? Well the parties are fun, but I’ve always found the resolutions to be an empty gesture and never really bothered with them. This year, however, my thoughts turned to inertia.
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