Musthafa Ebadi
Keys to Achieve Your New Year's Resolution & Goals
by Musthafa Ebadi on January 9th, 2014

On December 31st while sitting in my bedroom and finalizing my New Years Resolution and Goals for 2014 I started to  look back at the goals that I had set for myself in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 and it suddenly dawned on me that in the last 5 years I had achieved majority of the milestones I had set for myself.  

I decided to share my method and techniques that I have learnt over the years that has helped me attain majority of my goals.

I can give full disclosure that none of these best practices are inventions of Musthafa Ebadi but they rather are a mesh mash of best practices that industry experts publish every now and then. I have taken the best from each one and have come up with my own method. You can say its best of the bests! 
Here are the 7 Keys to Achieve Your Goals this year and every year:

1. Clarity:
Ensure that your goals are crystal clear to you. You should be able to articulate your goals to anyone under 90 seconds and they should be able to understand them clearly. Keep in mind that there is a difference between a resolution and a goal. For example my new year resolution is to eat less and healthy but my goal is  to lose 25 pounds.

2. SMART Goals:
Your goals should meet SMART criteria which stands for Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, & Timely. Each goals should be defined Specifically, you should be able to Measure the current state, end state, and your progress,  it should be something that you could Attain when you give your 100 to 110%, it should be Real, and you should put a defined Time period to achieve it and milestones along the way.
For example one of my goals is to publish 52 leadership blog posts which is roughly one per week in the span of next 12 months.

3. Write Them Down:
This is one of the key principles that everyone will tell you about. You should take the time to write them down (or type them up). If you have them in your brain you could easily mix them up, dilute them, forget about them, and/or ignore them.
4. Review : 
While majority of industry experts will tell you all the above and will suggest to review them regularly here is where my method differs. I review my goals everyday - relgiously. I have them typed up in an Excel sheet, and created a checklist of things to do to attain each goal and I review them everyday. I do this because it serves as a reminder of what my priorities are, they are on my face, and its a constant source of motivation. With each specific task completed it motivates you more since are making progress. Remember even turning a titanic is possible however its a slow yet constant movement of the ship that eventually turns it 360 degrees.  

5. Execute Everyday:
Too often we put off the steps required to achieve our goals for tomorrow, next week, after this trip, after that project, because we are tired, busy with work & family, etc etc etc. The truth is they are all excuses, and excuses are reasons for failure.  You should execute and Do It everyday! You dont have to move the titanic everyday but you should do something, doesnt matter how minute,  related to that goal, every weekday.  

6. Push Yourself:
The other major problem is that we set goals that are within our comfort zone. You should push yourself to the limits with your goals, and also push yourself to attain them. Each one of us are more capable than we give ourselves credit for. 

7. Reward Yourself:
Remember when I talked about setting milestones? When you reach a milestone reward yourself. Now dont go and buy an Audi but do small things that will make you feel good and reinvegorate your energy such as going to a movie or a hockey game,  take your spouse for dinner, shop for yourself etc. 
All the above has helped me over the years specifically number 3, 4, and 5. I review my excel spreadsheet that has my goals everyday along with my checklist of things to do, and when I wake up one of my goals is to move the needle on all my goals one stitch at a time. And no matter how tough or rough a day I have had when I think that I moved one step, albeit very small step, towards my goal I feel much better. 

And last but not the least keep in mind  that the key to your attaining your goal or succeeding in your resolution is April of each year. Why? 

In January majority of us are psyched for our goals and resolutions & are determined to succeed. Have you thought about how packed gyms are in January of each year with 45% of us aiming to lose weight? 
February is where majority of us start deviating from our goals and resolutions for countless excuses (lets call spade a spade). Read Key 5 above. If you can weather the storm of excuses in mid to late February you have a much higher chance of ending the year on a high note. 
In March if you are one of the select few who havent given up you are now starting to turn your resolution and execution  a habit, and come 1st of April..... Viola! 

The above it what has worked for me and I thought to share it with you! Feel free to agree, disagree, or share your best practices and/or techniques using the comment section of this post. 

Thanks for reading! 


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