Whether it’s upskilling in your existing trade or learning a completely new one, or even some big hairy life goals the tips below will help you take the first steps toward making that goal a reality.

The first step is the hardest part. Once you have a plan and have taken the first step, you’ve laid the foundation and a lot of the hard work is done.

Get practical

What do you actually want to achieve in the New Year? Are there some goals you’ve been putting off? They aren’t going to magically achieve themselves, so it’s probably time to get serious. It can be a big, crazy goal if you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get there and truly ready to step up. On the other hand, if you’ve been holding onto a dream to be an astronaut but are actually claustrophobic and hate space…it’s probably time to bin that one!

Make a list of all the things you want to do in 2018

Sit down with a…lemonade…and do a bit of a brainstorm. Think about what your best possible year could look like. What does it include? Where do you go, what do you do? Take out a pen and paper and write your ideas down.

Make another list of the questions and steps you need to take to achieve each item on your to-do list.

For everything on the list of things you want to do, you’ll need to make a separate list of all the steps involved in accomplishing that goal. Be thorough. If your list includes learning a new trade, can you do this independently, or do you want to sign up for a course? What courses are offered near you? How much do they cost?

Prioritise the list and give yourself some due dates

Of everything on your “To do in 2018” list, what’s the most important? What do you absolutely want to achieve first next year? Rank your list from 1 – 5 (or whatever number of goals), 1 being “definitely want to achieve this” and 5 being “would be nice but not as important.”

Take it one step at a time

Start with the #1 thing you want to achieve. Start working your way through the steps to achieving your goal. Make some suggested deadlines for yourself about when you’d like to have each step completed by. Perhaps put some reminders in your calendar or on your phone to help keep you on track.

Celebrate the wins

It may take some time to achieve your goal. Months, or years. You might miss your deadlines, unforeseeable circumstances might delay you. It’s important to be flexible. Don’t give up because you missed one “deadline” just reset it. Every time you check something off your list, do something nice for yourself to celebrate – you’re one step closer to smashing that goal!