How to Achieve Your Goals
A new year often brings to mind new ideas, new beginnings and the possibility for change. So what's in store for you this year? Do you have something specific you'd like to achieve, or are you just going with the flow to see what life brings you?
Most New Year Resolutions are abandoned by the middle of January, so how do you stick to your plans and achieve your goals? How can you create the changes you want in your life this year?
Here are some tips:
Figure out what you really want - Being clear on what you really want is essential to planning your goals. There are several tools and resources you can use for this, including the wheel of life which you'll see offered as a free download popping up in the corner of my website. Look at the areas of your life where you want to make changes, and then get really clear on what your ideal situation would be, so you know exactly what you're heading towards.
Know your 'Why' - Even if you know what you want to achieve, have you thought about why you really want it? Sometimes it's not as obvious as you think. What will it really mean to you when you achieve that goal or make that change? What will your life be like then? Knowing your 'why' will keep you motivated if it gets tough.
Be clear about your starting point - Before you begin any journey it's important to know exactly where you're starting from in relation to your destination. A map is no use if you don't know where you are to begin with. So think about where you are now in relation to your goal. This is how you'll figure out the first steps you'll need to take to move towards your ideal outcome.
Create a Flexible Plan - So you know where you're going, you know where you're starting from, so now all you need to do it figure out the route from A-B. Just like planning a journey, be prepared to change your plans sometimes, and keep focused on your destination. You'll get there so long as you keep moving towards it.
Take one step at a time - Sometimes your goal might seem too far away or the steps you need to take feel too overwhelming. Break your plan down into simple steps, focus on taking one step at a time and celebrate every success, each step towards your goal. Regularly stop and look back to acknowledge how far you've come.
Most importantly, celebrate all successes and give yourself permission to change your goals if they no longer fit.
If you would like some help setting and achieving your goals, please get in touch.
Ruth Randall is a Life and Leadership Coach, and Team Development Specialist. Ruth works with teams to help them to build trust, develop strong working relationships, manage stress, and increase productivity and job satisfaction. She also coaches individual clients who want to make changes in their lives, careers and relationships.