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The new year is coming, and with it comes new goals. Goals help you prioritize what’s important so you can live life to the fullest! What do you want to achieve this year? Sometimes it can be difficult to actually reach the goals we set for ourselves each January, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do so in 2017. Here are a few tips for making realistic goals that can empower you to do better and achieve this coming year! 


Spend some time thinking.

Think about 2016. What did you like and dislike? What goals did you accomplish and which did you not?

Then start to think about what you want from this year. How do you want to improve personally? What would you like to achieve physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, and maybe even spiritually? Do you have certain things you’d like to accomplish with your school or career or even your relationships? Think of something that you’re passionate about and will be motivated to see through.

Really think about what’s going to be important to you this year, and think about what you can realistically accomplish.

For example: Having a fully-funded down payment for a new home may or may not be realistic for you. So think about the coming year and make it doable. Maybe saving up a third or half of a down payment by the end of the year would be more realistic. (Click here to read some tips for saving for a down payment.)


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new goals - writeDeliberately write out your goals.

Write down your goals so that you’re reminded of them throughout the year. Even if you know you’ll remember them, seeing them constantly can help you stay on track and keep you motivated.

According to, you want to use the acronym S.M.A.R.T. as you write out your goals. 

Specific: Know exactly what you want to accomplish with this goal and be specific in writing it out. 

Measurable: Be able to measure how well you are doing on this goal. You’re less likely to lose motivation if you can see your progress and know how close you are to the finish line.

Attainable: Make goals that are totally doable. You don’t want your goals to be impossible.

Realistic: Pick a goal that can actually become a reality.

Time: Put a time frame to the goal, even if it is by the end of the year. 


Example of a S.M.A.R.T. goal: Save up a third of a $20,000 down payment (about $6,700) by the end of 2017 by putting away about $555 a month.

(Keep in mind that this is just an example and may not be attainable or realistic for everybody, so you’ll want to think about what would be attainable and realistic for you.)


Stick to it.

Don’t give up. Even if you don’t feel like you’re making any progress, keep going. Some goals take longer than others. Some take extra motivation and persistence. You can do it. And once you do achieve a difficult goal, you’ll feel all the more empowered! 


new goals - successContinue to make goals. 

As you achieve a goal, it gives you a sense of purpose and strength. Each time you progress and finish something you set your mind to, you are reminded of just how powerful you really are. Keep making goals. The more you achieve, the more full your life will be.

January 1st isn’t the only time to make goals. Keep making goals throughout the year. Keep reaching forward, keep progressing. There is so much potential!


Thinking of buying this year? Click here for some tips to prepare to buy in 2017. 

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