January is always an interesting month.
Most everyone is bubbling over with best intentions such as hitting the gym, giving up smoking, getting their finances in order, losing weight, spending more time with their families and decreasing their stress levels.
Sadly, all the good intentions often fall by the wayside a few days or weeks into the new year. Good intentions, after all, are not necessarily goals and as the saying goes, “A goal without a plan is just a wish” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
So why do goals so often fail? For the simple reason that you don’t set goals congruent to your values and you don’t make the time required to achieve your intentions and goals.
If we don’t understand or acknowledge our own values it is impossible to set goals matching to values.
If personal development is not high on your values, setting a goal to further your personal education may very well leave you frustrated and demotivated.
If family is not high on your values, spending an extended holiday with your so-called nearest and dearest will leave you frazzled and exhausted.
Setting goals in line with your personal, not societal, values will have a much better impact and will yield a much better chance of fulfillment.
3 Types of goals you should set this year:
Time goals – these are the goals where you focus on short-term, long-term or life-time goals.
Focus goals – these goals focus on the one thing that drives the majority of your decisions.
Topic-based goals – these are goals focussed on personal, professional, career and finance.
5 Goal setting tips:
Aim high, but start low, celebrate and keep going – set crazy bold goals and then break it down in to smaller doable steps, celebrate the completion of steps on your way and keep going with the end goal in mind. “Although goals are important, having a plan of action is vital to the success of those goals. Having a goal with no plan of action is like wanting to travel to a new destination without having a map” – Steve Maraboli
Be clear what success looks like – if you are unclear of what success looks like for you, how will you know when you have achieved success? Visualise yourself as if you have already achieved the goal and take note of how it makes you feel.
Understand why this goal is important – the ‘why’ will give you a stronger sense of purpose.
Track your performance – to stay on the right track you need to measure your success at every step, be patient enough to stick with it and wise enough to know when you need to adjust the course.
Don’t let others set the goals for you – make sure you are working towards your goal and not the goals of others.
The secret to productive goal setting is in establishing clearly defined goals, writing them down and then focusing on them several times a day with words, pictures and emotions as if we’ve already achieved them.
Wishing you a prosperous day,
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