So it’s the new year and you want to start 2018 off with a bang, but you don’t want to make any new years resolutions because you break them 3 days in?
We have all been there…
Well here are my top tips for setting goals, not resolutions, goals that you can (And want to) conquer throughout the year !
Think about what you want in every key area of your life and Write it down!
Writing goals activates the subconscious mind and starts to make your ‘dreams’ more of a reality. Have each goal committed to paper, it also helps you to plan around the goal !
These goals may include improvements to your career, financial status, health, work life balance, family, romance etc.
Regardless of what it is you need to think about what you really want from the one life we have .. before you can start to work on it!
Allow yourself to think outside of the box
Don’t create any limitations during the creation of your goals, write as many as you can think of and then work out which ones are the most important for you to focus on initially. No goal is silly! Remember you are writing goals for yourself, you do not have to share them with anyone so its important to accept at this point that there is no box!
Create SMART goals
Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Relevant. Time Specific
S – Be clear about what the goal is
M – Define the goal in financial or numerical terms
If you have material goals, its time to quantify those goals i.e. how much money do you need to make the purchase of that material goal a reality. E.g. if you wish to purchase a large item like a house or car that requires a deposit, how much deposit do you need, when do you need it and what do you need to do to save or earn that amount of money.
A – It is possible to achieve the goal, with consideration to time, skill, ability, money, environment etc.
R – The goal needs to be realistic and reflect reality.
T – Create a deadline, so you know what you are working towards and within which time frame.
Understand potential obstacles:
Identify what you need to make your goal a reality; this might include a gap in your knowledge or skill. If you need to upskill to get to the next level start to source the training you require.
Visualise and Plan
Visualise your goals and how you would feel if the goals were met. Imagine the goal as if it were already achieved and talk about it in the present tense. Then start to plan exactly how you are going to go about
Then reward yourself for success, for major achievements not every incremental step.
(e.g. if your goal is to loose weight and you go the gym everyday, it wouldn’t make sense to reward yourself daily with chocolate. But a end of week or end of month sensible reward might keep you on track!
Best of Luck..
2018 Here we Come !