A New Year brings excitement, expectation, and RESOLUTIONS, yet if we stop at resolutions they will quickly fade as the weeks and months start to click by.
Research shows us that 88% of people fail to achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. Where resolutions may fail, taking time to set strategic goals sets you up for a greater chance of success.
Goals provide structure, meaning, and motivation in life, and when you reach a goal you’ve worked hard to achieve it is great for your self-belief as it strengthens your belief in being able to achieve other goals too.
The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score – Bill Copeland
Steps to Success:
1. Define your GOAL:
All goals should come with a REASON, visualising your WHY behind your goals is vital in keeping the momentum when will-power fades. When we connect with the real motivation behind our goals, it becomes an anchor that keeps us grounded when we face challenges or feel like giving up.
For example, if we simply set a goal to lose weight we can easily become discouraged if we have a bad day or week, BUT if we know the reason behind losing weight is to have more energy to be able to run and play with our children, that creates an inspirational image which keeps us on track despite any setbacks we may face. The Reason is greater than the Goal itself.
2. STRUCTURE and PLANNING:
Getting clear on your goals is the first step in goal setting and the more time you invest in planning, the greater opportunity you are creating for success.
A GOAL is the end result, it is what you’d like to achieve, it’s the big picture. An ACTIVITY on the other hand is the nuts and bolts – it’s how you accomplish the goal. It is common to confuse activities for goals, for example, we may set a goal to go to the gym three times a week but this is actually the activity. The real GOAL is found in why we want to go to the gym and that may be to feel better in our body or to have more confidence.
MIND-MAPPING is a great tool to use to gain greater clarity on your goals and to explore ideas around the activities to achieve them. When we map out our ideas we open the possibility of new options if our first chosen activity doesn’t work or if we become bored along the way.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe
3. Track your progress:
Break your goal into small steps to set yourself up to succeed. Small, incremental lifestyle changes may not feel too exciting, but they have a much greater chance of creating real, lasting, change. Small successes encourage us to stay focused, and motivated, and they create greater self- belief along the way. Small success build upon on another resulting in greater satisfaction and sense of accomplishment than trying to leap the mountain in one step and failing.
Remember that starting small and making progress is much better than never starting at all!
4. Accountability – Your Key To Success:
When was the last time you challenged yourself by working toward a goal?
Did you accomplish it?
Plan to succeed by getting the support you need from the start!
Surround yourself with a support network to guide you through the planning process, cheer you on when you lose momentum, and celebrate your wins. Friends, family, and a personal coach can all keep you on track and help you through the
5. MOST IMPORTANTLY:
BE KIND TO YOURSELF!
Be kind to yourself each and every day. Each day is a new day and you get to start again if things didn’t quite go to plan yesterday. If you experience a setback view it as just that, a setback, it is not the end you can always pick up from where you were or even begin again.
The important thing is to honour your journey, trust the process, and do one thing each day that moves you closer to your goal.
YOU CAN DO THIS – I BELIEVE IN YOU!