So here we are. First day of a brand new year. Have you made any New Year resolutions? Do you have any big plans for 2015 or are you more of fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of person?
For most of my life, that’s been me (flying by the seat of my pants). And while there are pro’s and con’s to both approaches, in the end for me, the con’s out weighed the pro’s in this approach.
The idea of setting goals always seemed like a good idea, but I’d always shy away from doing it. There was such a huge gap between where I wanted to be and where I actually was, that it all seemed overwhelming and unattainable. Until now.
Armed with the understanding that my life and everything in it, is a direct result of what I think about (where I put my attention) and how I live (the actions I take), I came up with a plan to help me create goals and support myself in further success this year. I’m sharing them with you here, and hope you find something that is of service to you as well.
- FIRST: Get in touch with your desires ~ what you want. This is key and I can’t stress that enough. If you don’t know what you want, how will you know if you have it or not?
- Make time. Goal setting takes some time, so give yourself that gift. Maybe an hour a day for 2 or 3 days, whatever inspires and works for you. Be as detailed and specific as you can.
- Understand why you’ve chosen the goal you have. After knowing your desires, this is the next most important step. If you aren’t connected to your why, in a very short time this will cease being a goal, seem more like a good idea and then it will be dropped. Want proof? Just check any gym out in mid February. At the beginning of January they’re packed but by early to mid February the only people you’ll find there are the one’s who remain connected to why they are working out.
- Start with the big picture and work backwards, creating categories. For example, I call my categories “houses”. I have my business house, my health house, personal, relationship etc. I focus on one at a time, getting the overall picture of what what I want to create in that house by the end of the year.
- Chunk it down which also makes it less overwhelming and more attainable. Once you’re clear about the overall goal, next break it down into six months, then monthly, weekly and daily steps. Now calendar these steps! Meaning if a fitness goal requires you going to the gym 3 times a week, set up a recurring event in your calendar 3 times/week for the whole year, now. Start creating the new habit.
- Get support. Going through the process of getting your actions steps will also reveal where you need help. Do you need to hire someone? Outsource something? Enroll in a program or otherwise further your education? Research that now and start the process, whatever it is.
- Post your goals so you can see them and review. Every couple of months, take a close look and see if you’re on track. Perhaps something has changed, is taking longer, is complete or maybe no longer relevant. Make the adjustments and carry on.
Goal setting is important because if done correctly, it provides an effective way for you to stay committed and supported in creating the life you want. Consider that any successful person sets goals including high end athletes and business people in all fields. Why? Because they know without it they cannot maintain their success. Goals keeps them in touch with the big picture (their why) staying motivated (having specific action steps), helps keep their time and resources organized and dictates when and from whom they need support.
Here’s to your most successful year yet in all and every way that matters to you!