17 December 2021

Top Tips: How to set goals and achieve them

New year, new goals? Read our top tips for setting goals and staying on track throughout the year.

Watch UA92 Co-founder Gary Neville share his tips on setting goals.

It’s never too soon to think about setting yourself goals and January is a great time to do it. There’s something about a new year that makes you want to make changes, start new things or try something different. Harness that energy and motivation and turn them into goals for the year – the challenge then is to keep on track.  

Long term vs short-term

When goal-setting, it’s good to think long-term and short-term. Don’t forget that goals are supposed to challenge you, stretch you and give you something to aim for – so don’t get too worried if your long-term goals seem ambitious. It’s good to dream big! Try and make your short-term goals achievable and measurable. That way you can reflect on how far you’ve come and the small wins will keep you motivated.

A healthy balance

Why limit goal setting to your career aspirations? You can apply goals to other aspects of your life such as your health, sports, hobbies, personal relationship, finances etc. Make sure you have a variety of goals for a healthy balance.

Getting started

If you are sat staring at a blank piece of paper and not sure where to start, try asking yourself the following questions.

  • Where do I want to be in 5/10 years?
  • What have I wanted to do but was too afraid to try?
  • What do I want to accomplish this year?
  • What do I most enjoy doing?
  • What are my values and priorities?
  • Where am I now and what is my reality?

This should give you a good starting point and some thoughts to work with.  

Break It Down

Take one of your ‘bigger picture’ goals and break it down into achievable steps. The first step should be something you can work towards now. It’s important to record your goals in some way. Consider adding them to your phone, so you always have them to hand, and you can easily edit them if you need to.

Stay on Track

Review your goals – keep reminding yourself about your goals and adjust them if things have changed. It’s important to revisit them regularly to make sure you’re on track to achieve what you set out to achieve. Set aside some time periodically to re-evaluate your ‘bigger picture’.

Goal Setting with Joe Averill

Watch Student Recruitment Officer, Katie Campbell; property entrepreneur and founder of Vault 23, Joe Averill; and 2nd year Sports Management student, Maya talk about their approach to goal setting and how it makes an impact on their success.


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