So it’s January again, and the time for resolutions and intentions to be set. However, so often by mid-February (if we are lucky enough to get that far) we’ve given up and lost sight of the wonderful things that we were going to achieve or do differently! Check out our top ten tips below for ways to ensure that you reach the goals that you set for yourself.
Is the goal self-maintained?
Make sure that your goal is something that you have complete control of. If success of your goal depends on other people having to do something to enable it to happen – forget it! Too many of us focus on what we want other people to change. Focus on what you can do to change yourself.
Have you stated it positively?
Moving towards something that you want, is much more compelling than moving away from something that you don’t want. Changing your job because you don’t enjoy your current role is an away from focus; stated negatively, and is likely to mean that you will end up in another job that isn’t right for you. Changing your job with clarity around what you really want from a new role; stated positively, will mean it is much more likely that you’ll end up with a role that you’ll love.
If we are vague about what we want to achieve, not only will it feel less compelling, we will not be completely sure what we are striving for. ‘I want the business to go global’ is a self-maintained and positively stated goal, however it could be too big to keep us motivated. ‘I want to expand into two international regions by the end of the year’ is a very specific goal and much more likely to keep us on track.
Consider sensory evidence
Immersing yourself in to your goal is one sure way to get excited and committed. Consider how you will feel once you’ve achieved this goal. What will you hear people saying about you? What will you be saying to yourself? What will you see around you? How will people see you differently once you’ve got there? Writing this down and referring to it helps to maintain momentum.
Be clear of context
This adds even more to the specific part of your goal. Be clear by when, where and with whom you want this outcome. Is it a work or personal goal? Is it in context of friendships, team or family?
Consider any secondary gain
Many goals are not achieved because the secondary gain, which means keeping things as they are, has not been considered. Ask yourself: What might you gain from NOT achieving this goal? What feels positive about the current way of doing things? For example if you give up smoking you may lose extra breaks with your friends in the office or if you do start going to the gym you may lose time with your family in the evening. If there is secondary gain it is important that you find a way of achieving this in another way in order to achieve your goal.
What resources do you need to achieve your goal? For example you might need time, money or the support of friends. How critical are they in reference to your achieving this goal? Do you have these available to you? If not how could you get them?
Have you done an ‘Ecology check’?
Have you considered any potential consequences of achieving this goal? Do these consequences really fit with you? What about other people around you? Is the goal worth it? For example if you want a complete career change and will have to re-train, will the potential drop in salary be OK with you and any family members? If you want to start going to the gym three times a week, does this fit with your working hours and family commitments?
Check your commitment
Always consider how compelling your goal is; this will indicate your potential level of commitment. Ask yourself out of ten how committed you are right now; is it worth the effort? If you’re not at a 10/10 what would need to be different to move you to this?
Know your first step
So what are you going to do first?! Know what your first step is; first action point and be sure that it is an achievable and compelling one to ensure that you get off on a cracking start towards success of that goal!
Considering these won’t guarantee that you succeed, but you are much more likely to – so what are you waiting for? Get your goals and aspirations down on paper, run them through the 10 top tips and make it happen! Please let us know how you get on, we’d love to hear from you!