We're half way through the year and as many of you know I am a huge believer in writing goals! Big & small goals, personal, professional and financial goals. However, realistically there is a lot more involved than just writing your goals down in your diary in order to achieve them. Below are 4 simple ways you can make sure you achieve your goals this year.
STEP 1: REFLECT, REVIEW + REFOCUS
As I mentioned in my last post HERE, it's important to take the time to Reflect, Review and Refocus at this time of the year.
REFLECT on where you are at, REVIEW if the goals you had set earlier in the year are still the most important goals to be focusing on and if they are REFOCUS by making sure you have smaller tasks/stepping stones for each week or month that will allow you to tick off those goals by the end of the year.
If you need to set some new goals, make sure you get onto this now so that you have ample time to dedicate to these over the rest of 2019. Split them into personal, professional and financial goals.
STEP 2: BE SPECIFIC
It sounds simple, but it's very important to make sure your goals are very specific & also realistic. Try not to make them vague.
Things to consider?
- What exactly are you hoping to achieve?
- When do you want to achieve this by?
For example if you are wanting to reach all your KPI's at work and receive a pay rise then make sure you specifically write your financial goal as:
* Strive to reach my KPI's at work by XX / XX / 2019 and receive a $10K pay rise.
Being specific with your goals makes them a lot more achievable. Firstly because it gives you an exact thing to strive for and secondly visually seeing this challenge / goal and this specific figure as the reward of reaching this goal allows you to really focus on it and manifest. It gives you direction and purpose to work hard everyday towards this goal.
STEP 3: IDENTIFY THE POTENTIAL ROAD BLOCKS?
I'm not going to lie, when you set a goal, 99% of the time it's never going to be smooth sailing the whole way when you are trying to achieve it. But this is a positive as it makes us stronger and is part of the challenge of a goal. Get ahead by identifying the potential road blocks that could lie ahead for each goal and what you could do to overcome this.
A simple example below:
Personal Goal: To focus on my health & wellbeing in 2019 by working out twice a week every week in the hopes of being stronger & fitter mentally and physically by the end of the year.
What issues or hurdles might I face along the way? & how can I overcome these?
Issue: Time poor & tired with busy periods at work & lack of funds sometimes.
- Look into membership deals that work out cheaper over the whole year.
- If I'm really struggling & can't afford Pilates one month, concentrate on walking.
- When I'm busy find a way to multitask - e.g listen to a podcast on being a better manager or woman in business when I'm walking so that I am working out but being motivated as well. Or book in a call with a team member while I walk or use the walk to brainstorm ideas for a new product or campaign and record notes & ideas via voice recorder.
- Book a pilates class with a friend when I'm tired so that it's fun & motivating.
- Try and get the workouts done and dusted at the start of the week so then I can focus solely on work and I know I have ticked those boxes.
P.S It is so easy to make excuses or give up when you reach road blocks, make sure you challenge yourself to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Take a big deep breath, give yourself time to feel sad or angry or disappointed and then pick yourself up, refocus and push yourself. You only live once so strive to reach those dreams one goal at a time.
STEP 4: WRITE AN ACTION PLAN
Once you have a clear understanding and vision on how you can realistically achieve your goal/s - put an action plan in place with small milestones in your diary (using the goal planning section). If you have a pin board - print or write out your goals and smaller tasks as a to-do list where you can see it, visualise and manifest. Otherwise reflect back to your diary weekly to remind yourself what your goals are.
Tip: Trust me - if you write it down, you are more likely to tick each step off. If you can’t see the plan you probably wont see your goal/s through.
STEP 5: CELEBRATE THE SMALL THINGS
Now that you are underway to achieving your goals make sure you celebrate the small milestones along the way. Remember all of the small actions & tasks are helping you get one step closer to that big goal/s. Reward yourself for your handwork & commitment.
Good Luck! x