A new year, a new you; at least, so we\u2019re told. But is that really true? Every year millions of people resolve to do something new, different, or better, but do these New Year\u2019s resolutions really help us change our ways? Or, is it an illusion, making us believe we are changing our ways but not actually furthering our goals.\r\n\r\nAccording to Good Morning America, the top 5 New Year\u2019s resolutions for 2016 are:\r\n1. Enjoy life to the fullest\r\n2. Live a healthier lifestyle\r\n3. Lose weight\r\n4. Spend more time with family and friends\r\n5. Save more, spend less\r\n\r\nBut when you look at these resolutions, what do you see? Do these seem like achievable goals? Well, trying to answer that will lead you to more questions: What does success mean? How long do I have to achieve these goals? Is there a point where I have \u201cfinished\u201d the resolution and no longer need to work on it?\r\n\r\nInstead of making New Year\u2019s resolutions, why not make goals? I know, it doesn\u2019t sound as glamorous and you won\u2019t have a great answer when people inevitably ask you about your New Year\u2019s resolution, but in the long run are your goals for yourself or for other people? Hopefully the answer is that the goals are for you. So why not make them work for you. Below are 3 tips to successfully making and achieving your goals, for this New Year\u2019s and for every new goal after that!\r\n\r\n1. Write your goals down: When you are forced to write your goals down you must first decide what they are \u2013 the more specific the better. Try changing a goal that reads \u201close weight\u201d to make it more measurable and enable yourself to track your process. Instead of the ambiguous word \u201cweight\u201d why not be specific and aim for losing 10 kg. Also give yourself a timeline. New Year\u2019s resolutions tend not to work because there is no end date. Presumably it\u2019s by the end of the year, but perhaps that\u2019s not always the best goal. Instead aim for a specific date, season, or event. \u201cLose weight\u201d would be better as \u201close 10 kg by August 1st.\u201d\r\n\r\n2. Make it public: No, I don\u2019t mean plaster your goal on a billboard or shout it from the rooftops. Making your goals public will look different for different people. Maybe you are reserved and you don\u2019t tweet your deepest thoughts and fears, so sharing your goals this way would be counterproductive and even intimidating. Instead, for you public might mean sharing with one other person \u2013 your best friend, your spouse, your mother. For others this could mean finding a group of people with similar goals to help motivate you. And for still others public might just mean writing your goals on a white board at your desk as a reminder for you and an FYI to others.\r\n\r\n3. NEVER STOP TRYING: This may be the simplest sounding tip, but perhaps it\u2019s the most important one. As we work towards our goals we sometimes run into roadblocks or just have bad days. This is natural, normal, and unavoidable. The important thing to remember, even after you have had an off day: never give up. Tomorrow is a new day. One day of not quite hitting your target does not mean you failed. It means you have to accept that life happens and you don\u2019t control everything. Get up tomorrow, take a deep breath, and start fresh.\r\n\r\nGoals don\u2019t have to be looming, far off dreams. With a lot of clarity, a little work, and the right support any goal can become a reality. Have you figured out how to be successful on your own but need help pushing your team to achieve their goals? We at Focus believe you can achieve any goal you set your mind to and have created an experience to help you do it. The Alchemist Challenge will help transform your team and push them to overcome obstacles they weren\u2019t even aware of. The New Year isn\u2019t the only time to evaluate yourself and set new goals. Any day can be the first day of the rest of your life.\r\n\r\nHappy New Year, catch you in 2016!