How are those New Year's resolutions working out? Unfortunately, many resolutions end quickly and the New Year becomes nothing more than a new start on old habits.
One reason is that we are physically exhausted and emotionally drained after the holidays. Another reason is that we don't set our goals effectively. So let's discuss the formula for successfully achieving our goals and dreams.
I don't start setting and working on resolutions until at least February. By then, my energy, focus and motivation have returned and success is more likely. However, anytime is a great time to remind ourselves that we can't just wish our goals to fulfillment. We need a detailed plan for achieving them and then have to take action to accomplish them.
Many people feel as if they are adrift or stuck in their lives, careers or businesses. They work hard, but it seems like a long, pointless grind. If we really want to find success, we must set goals. There are no shortcuts. Setting goals controls the direction we're headed and provides benchmarks for determining if we are succeeding.
Goal setting is used by top-level athletes, successful business people and achievers in all fields. We don't have to take life the way it comes to us. By converting our vision statement (lifetime goal) into specific goals, and our goals into plans, we can design our own life, career, business or finances the way we want to.
Goal setting brings the future into the present so we can do something about it now. It all starts with consideration of what price we're willing to pay to achieve each goal. In between are well-defined steps that allow us to formulate goals we can accomplish.
Here are some steps to help you get started:
* Once you've created your vision statement (lifetime goal), set a five-year plan of smaller goals to help you reach it.
* Then create a one-year plan, a six-month plan and a one-month plan, each based on your lifetime goal and the previous plan.
* Create a daily plan from your one-month plan. Plan that perfect day the night before.
* Post your goals where you can view them daily and revisit them to see progress or re-evaluate.
Further goal-setting tips:
* Write each specific goal as a positive statement.
* Be precise with dates, deadlines, times, amounts and so on.
* Give each goal a priority for focusing on what's most important.
* Set performance goals rather than outcome goals.
* Set realistic goals that you value and will motivate you.
* Stick with it! It is an ongoing journey, not just a means to an end.
* Celebrate often, whenever you reach a short-term goal.
If you don't already set goals, start today. As you make this technique part of your everyday life and experience the results, you'll wonder how you ever progressed without it.
Brad Larsen is a life coach and corporate consultant in Ogden. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.