One in three people abandon their resolutions by the end of January. We are nearly at the end of the month and some of you maybe clinging onto your new thinking and goals you had written. Here are some top tips for making sure you stay on track:-
- Ensure that you have set a proper goal with a clear measurable target and key milestones in place so you can plot progress throughout the year.
- Write down your goals and if possible have them visible.
- Be motivated by your own goal, and monitor the behaviours that are positive and getting you closer, and the same for negative actions that drive you further away.
- Allocate time to accomplish the goal, not booking any space or time will result in failure.
- Work out your supporters and surround yourself with the right people.
- Celebrate small achievements that get you ever nearer.
- Recognise any hurdles and weaknesses, don’t dwell and move forward as quickly as possible.
Create a goals wheel that focuses on three main areas of your life for the year and then break into goals that you want to achieve:-
The achievement of completing a goal can make you feel proud and satisfied, however there is another part of you that mourns the loss of the work. The adrenalin and energy you poured into the goal can fade very quickly if you have not adopted long term habits that can be sustained you begin to question the accomplishment. Avoid creating a vacuum when the goal is complete.
The feelings people might feel at the end of the goal are:-
- Feeling lost
Disappointment may occur if the goal was to easy or if you were so unrealistic you did not achieve it . There is a fine balance between stretch and achieveable. To avoid disappointment ensure that you have milestones in place along the journey. Those milestones can be new rituals that you keep in place long after the goal. If you want to increase your revenue you would set a target and the milestones would be to make one new business call a week and one meeting a month (they will stay in place once you have smashed the revenue).
Feeling lost, could well mean there is not enough rigour around the goal. Did you map it out and plan what it looked like. Identifying where you want to be at certain points lets you know that you are on track. If you see setting goals as a journey, you need to know which destination point you have arrived at, and how long it took you to get there. This often means that you might need to tweak it. Companies split the year into quarters which is good way of assessing where you are e.g. by Q1 …
Exhausted is very close to exhilaration and elation. Build into your goal planning, celebrating and relaxing. If we don’t mark the finishing line the fatigue will run into the next set of goals.
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If you have set some goals for January make sure they are realistic. Goals that are too big can be incredibly inspiring until you don’t meet them and then they can be more demotivating than motivating. The fall out is much greater, ensure you stick to the bounds of reality.
Goals are assisted by healthy habits and rituals. Every goal should have bite sized steps to lead to the big goal. A daily ritual that gets you ever closer to the ultimate, will be far more motivating.
You need to surround yourself with the right people. Negative or toxic energy from people who doubt whether you will achieve your goals will drain the positivity leading you to the achievement.
Focus on your overall well being, a good nights sleep is vital, so therefore ensure you don’t look at your phone or tablet before bed. The messages you receive you take to bed, but scientifically the blue light will reduce the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin.
Get started on those ‘real’ goals. Author Jodi Picoult said the importance of avoiding perfectionism perfectly “you can edit a bad page, but you can’t edit a blank page”.
Most importantly get organised, avoiding touching things two or three times. Everything has a place, have systems and processes in play that lead to your goals.
Make your goals visual, look at them everyday and then they will become reality.
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Harvard Business School Goal Story
In the book “What They Don’t Teach You in the Harvard Business School”, Mark McCormack tells the story of a study conducted on students in the 1979 Harvard MBA program. In that year, the students were asked, “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” Only 3% of the graduates had written goals and plans; 13% had goals, but they were not in writing; and a whopping 84% had no specific goals at all.
10 years later, the members of the class were interviewed again, and the findings, while somewhat predictable, were nonetheless astonishing. The 13% of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84% who had no goals at all. And what about the 3% who had clear, written goals? They were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% put together.
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Time is a non spatial continuum it does not exist and yet we are forever referring to it as if it is a commodity. “I never have enough time” or “I don’t know where the time goes”.
If we evaluated are own behaviours associated with time, it might begin to explain are association with it.
Pause and answer the following questions:-
- What did you do with the last hour in work yesterday?
- How do you feel about time today?
- If you had an extra hour what would you do with it?
The last question has to be answered by saying something you would do specifically and sleep is not allowed as an answer.
When we look at these questions we need to decide whether we are controlling time or is it controlling us.
The last hour at work, were you in charge, or were you working on other peoples work or were you tired and unproductive. This review of the last hour is quite enlightening as to how you are managing your priorities. The last hour ideally should be spent getting yourself ready for the next day. Take time to write down what you want to achieve tomorrow.
How do you feel about time today? This is time to recognise the quality of time and enjoying the hours you have. Being pro-active in your mindset about how you will spend it and the value you will get from it.
The extra hour is identifying, what matters most in your world. We often answer the question with something that is linked to what we value in life. Spending time on our mind, body or with our loved ones.
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To make the best of 2018 we have stop and ask questions about the year that has just passed.
Take time to think about the answers to the following questions:-
- What were the 5 best days in 2017?
- List 3 achievements in 2017
- Who were the people in 2017 who cared and supported you?
Creating a plan for 2018 is easier once you have the answers to 2017:-
- Holidays that you are going to take, where and when?
- 3 Big goals that you are going to undertake
- Days and events that you would like to happen (might be replicating some of your best days in 2017)
- Ask yourself how do you want to feel in December 2018?
- Who are the key people you need around you in 2018?
The exercise is best done visually by using post-it notes so that you create a picture of both years beside each other.
We control our own destinies, make 2018 a fantastic year.
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Your best work gets done when it needs to be done, you have to want it and be ruthlessly intolerant. With clear priorities and focus you work on the right things at the right time.
Only YOU are accountable for getting “stuff” done. We find it easy to set monetary targets however we need to give the same priority to time targets. Unproductive people have no idea where their money has gone.
Success is about our behaviour and how we manage the time we have. Your goals and your achievements are compatible to your behaviour.
Each week think about what you want to achieve and put that as the heading of the week. Achievement underpins motivation and having one big goal for the week, will be you identifying what matters most that week.
David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done describes the process. If we can put all of our stuff in buckets, nothing gets lost and it is out of your head and into a system.
- Daily – the to do list, only what you can do that day (be realistic)
- Weekly – what is the biggest thing you want to achieve in the week
- Monthly – headings that give an indicator of how effective you were in the month
- Annually – year to view on one page, with your holidays and key dates
- Projects – present and future so that everything is captured
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