Not another boring post about GOALS
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It is that time of year when every second post you receive is about setting goals. The New Year is generally considered the best time to make goals and plans for the upcoming year but unless you do it properly it will likely not work. Why? We all know that New Year Resolutions don’t work and generally just set us up for failure. The reason for this is that resolutions state the desired outcome, for example, lose 20Kg but there are no steps or actions.
Today I am going to share with you a very simple but effective way to set your goals. You do this on a number of levels:
First, you create your "big picture" of what you want to achieve over the next 1 or 5 or 10 years and identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve.
Then, you break these down into the smaller and smaller goals that you must achieve to reach your big picture goals.
Finally, once you have your plan, you start working on it to achieve these goals.
Using SMART goals can help you develop more powerful goals and keep you focused. As you write your goals make sure they meet all of the SMART criteria. Is your goal:
Specific: Does it clearly state what you want to achieve? ‘I want to be successful” is not specific. You must clearly define what you will be or have if you are successful.
Measurable: Can you measure it? ‘Lose 5kg ‘vs ‘lose weight’
Attainable: It is important to be realistic about what it is possible to achieve. If it is not realistic then you will set yourself up for failure e.g. ‘meditate for 20 mins a day vs Meditate for 2 hours every day’
Relevant: Your goal must be related to overall purpose or plan, leading you towards your ‘big picture’ goal
Time bound: your goal needs a target date, commitment to a finish date e.g. Lose 2kg in 30 days’ vs ‘lose 2kg’
TIPS for achieving your goals
Write them down, make them visible so you can be reminded of them constantly. Use a Vision Board, if you are a visual person - this is a very powerful reminder of what you want to achieve.
TAKE ACTION - this is so basic but SO important. You can write beautiful, clear, SMART goals but if you do not take action nothing will happen.
When you have achieved a goal, celebrate.
Revisit and review your long term goal from time to time and change them to reflect your changing priorities and experiences.
If you don’t achieve your goal, just accept it, re
Here is a quick quiz just to make sure you are still awake.
Which of these is a SMART goal?
To increase the number of subscribers to my website
To get 100 new subscribers by 1st April 2019
Setting the right goals, the right way and then achieving them is not always easy. This SUCCESS PLANNER I have created will help you to get started and organise your ideas.
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This will help you to get started and organise your ideas.
If you are struggling with setting or achieving your goals, get in touch. I would love to help. It is much easier to get clarity when you have someone to help you and be accountable to.