￼![images.jpeg](https://files.steempeak.com/file/steempeak/nonsowrites/pZsFGuwK-images.jpeg) It's a new year and as expected a lot of people are projecting their dreams, goals, and expectations into the new year. For some, 2020 is the year they finally achieve their book goal or be more intentional about the things in their life, or, like I am seeing frequently now on my timeline, 2020 is the year most of you find love and settle down. Whatever the case might be, your goal(s) is valid. However, I have discovered that for most people this said verve carried into the new year is stretched to its limits before the end of the first quarter of the year. A new year isn't actually a clean slate, although it does have this psychological effect on most people. You often heard things like, 'new year new me' while in fact, you're the same old you with your same old problem. So, in my opinion, I feel it's important to be realistic and take into consideration your strengths and weaknesses. You will not automatically become more efficient people or read 50 books because it's a new year and you're psyched. It usually never happens that way. In fact, you might never get past your first book or project. There is a pattern here I have discovered: the first two weeks of the year most people psyched and pumped then it stretches. January is considered to be a very long and hard month usually because most people are broke after excessive spending in December. The Valentine fever kicks in shortly around February and around this point, most people get lost or revert to normal uninspired selves. So we want to avoid this trap next year and below are some of the tips I follow. Keep it simple. It might sound not so ambitious but I usually have one or two major goals per year. For 2019, it was making enough money to cater for my needs via writing (creating content). Yes, it was that simple. Fortunately, I was able to achieve this. I did make other goals along the way, most of which failed but 2019 was a success because I achieved my major goal and that drowned out all the possible setbacks I encountered this year. A lot of people try to take in too much than they can handle and end up doing nothing. What's the point in making a long list of things you end up not doing? None. So keep it simple. Making practical goals. You're not going to speak into existence that man of your dreams if you don't try to meet new people; you're certainly not going to have a million dollars in your bank account if you're on a minimum wage, well except you have something off your sleeves like rubbing a bank. So be practical. Maybe 50 books are just beyond your reach given your schedule, so how about 12 books? These are just practical compromises you would have to make to live a more rich and fulfilled life in 2020. There are so many tips out there to help achieve your goals come 2020. However, these two have helped me achieve my goals. I have been following these core principles and they've not only helped me achieve my goals but also helped me manage my expectations which can be a very huge issue for many. A lot of people want so much out of life they lose sight of what they already have and the things that are really important. It's an onerous task being content in an overly stimulating world like ours. Most people are forced into wanting things they care little or nothing about. Try not to fall into that trap next year. I hope this article has been useful to you in some way. If you have anything to add to the conversation please do leave a comment in the comment section. In my next, I will be talking about being unemployable and navigating my wag through the Nigerian labor market. Stay tuned.