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Hannah Russell
Features Writer
1:00 PM 5th January 2018

New Year - New Goals

Top tips to help you achieve your goals in 2018

Happy new year everyone, I can hardly believe it’s 2018, last year seemed to just fly by and I’m pretty sure 2018 will too.

Since it’s the start of a new year I thought it would be appropriate to post about new goals, and why it’s important to set them.

This year I’m sure Alfie and I will be up to all sorts and we have set ourselves some new goals as I think it’s really important to do so.

Over the past few days we have been reflecting back on what needs improving for the year ahead and how we can make changes to make our lives better and enjoy it to the fullest.

One of our main goals this year is to get Alfie's 6th and 7th books published alongside getting his brand more known on an international scale.

Setting goals gives you long term vision and short term motivation. I’ve always found them really useful and often make lists or jot them down in my favourite note book, as it helps me to keep focused and once I have achieved one I cross it off and find myself setting new goals.

I have put together a short list of tips to help you achieve your goals and things to think about along the way…

Write a list of your goals: They can be small or big goals but make sure they are realistic! (I was going to give up chocolate this year and Alfie was going to give up carrots, but we both decided it wasn’t very realistic for us). Writing down what you want to achieve this year is a constant reminder of making sure you keep in mind what you want to do! You can jot them down anywhere – your phone, sticky notes or in a note book.

Time: Something we always struggle with. There never seems to be enough hours in the day, but if you're dedicated time will follow. Sadly time is a big factor when you have to work, and you also have pets and family to see to, so you can end up losing half your day sorting things out! On a night I usually watch TV but this year I have decided to use that time to achieve my goals! (Find the time not the excuse)

Be positive and visualise your goals: I’m a huge believer in being happy and positive, it’s the best way to be. If you can be as positive as possible and visualise your goals then you can achieve them. There are always challenges along the way but try to turn them into something positive and you’ll be half way there in achieving your goal.

The main thing to remember is don’t be too hard on yourself, some days we let things slip and some days are better than others, but in the end the result is always worth the work along the way!