It’s the second week of January and the talk is all about goals!
Do you feel like you’ve already missed the bandwagon because you still haven’t set any of your goals for the New Year?
Good news! You’re not alone AND you haven’t missed anything.
For those of us slackers still recovering from Christmas and all the holiday celebrations who haven’t set our goals for this year (or resolutions, plans, roadmap, or whatever you want to call it) there’s still hope!
Here are 5 of my top No-Fail ways to achieve your goals:
They are nothing new that you haven’t heard before, but they are simple.
If you follow these few easy tips you will be surprised by how quickly you begin seeing results.
#1. Write your goals down.
Ok. It’s true.
You can’t achieve something if you don’t know what it is that you want to achieve.
It’s also true that if you write something down the odds are higher in your favor for achieving it.
So tip number one is the tried and true advice of ‘Write your goals down’.
As someone who has been writing goals down since she was 12 years old and checking them off as they were completed, I can tell you it works.
Not only does it force you to take a few minutes to think about what it is that you want to accomplish in your life, it also helps you remember what they are!
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Oh that’s a great goal, I’m going to do that!” and later completely forgotten what it was.
I have and I can assure you it’s not the path to success.
You have most likely heard of SMART goals.
SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound.
To ensure your goal is ‘SMART’ you need to:
Write it down.
Decide how you will measure your success.
Make sure it’s attainable. Sure we would all like to be millionaires by the end of the year, but in reality, is that truly attainable? Or if you live in Hawaii and want to build an igloo to live in will that really work out? Probably not unless you’re also planning to move.
Make sure the goal is relevant. Is this what you need to accomplish at this particular time in your life?
Your goal needs to be related to what you are trying to accomplish.
If you have a new baby and want to be a Prima Ballerina this may not be a very practical goal to set given the hours of practice it takes to become a Prima Ballerina.
Or if you want to lose weight are you going to set a goal to read 10 chapters a day from your favorite book?
Or would ‘spend 1 hour at the gym’ be more relative to helping to achieving your weightloss goal?
Give yourself an end date.
It’s easier to accomplish things if you chunk them out into more manageable tasks. (Think how do you eat an elephant!)
You can set multiple goals with different ends dates to achieve what you want to achieve.
These are the baby steps the lead to creating the life you’ve always dreamed of.
#2 Have a plan.
Don’t just write down your goal, write down how you are going to accomplish it.
Details matter. Don’t just write down ‘Get a Promotion’.
Write down how you plan to accomplish this.
For me this goal would look something like this:
To get a promotion I will:
- Attend advanced business planning training.
- Schedule a mentoring appointment with my manager.
- Look at promotional opportunities and apply to those relative to my skills and interests as they come up.
- Attend a networking event at least once a month.
- Update resume and cover letter.
- Practice for interviews.
- Make sure I have appropriate interview clothing.
Be as specific as possible.
You may not do every single thing on this list, but if you do the majority of them it will take you that much closer to achieving your goal.
It’s also fun checking each thing off your list as you make progress toward your goal. 🙂
#3 Take action.
I’m going to share a little secret of mine with you.
You don’t have to learn to speak Spanish in one day.
You don’t have to lose 10 pounds this week. (although you may want to hahaha!)
All you need to do is start taking action and the results will come slowly but surely.
Just like in Aesop’s beloved fable of The Hare and The Tortoise, slow and steady truly does win the race.
#4 Get an accountability partner.
When I was 12 years old I would write down my goals and when I achieved one, I would have one of my five sisters sign off that I had completed it. (Yes, I was the nerd of the family!)
Having someone to report back to helps keep you on track.
Try to find someone who is supportive yet won’t let you off the hook too easily.
I can’t have Farid be my accountability partner because if I tell him I skipped a day exercising, or went over my budget for the week, or whatever it is I didn’t do that I was supposed to do he finds great reasons as to why it’s OK that I didn’t. He lets me off the hook way too easy!
#5 Celebrate successes.
As you check off progress along the way, give yourself credit for what you accomplish.
It’s not just the end goal that counts. It’s every step that you take towards making it happen that counts.
After all, without all the baby steps in between you would never achieve the big end goal.
This week I stepped onto the scale and weighed in at an alarmingly higher weight than usual.
You guessed it! My first goal for the year is to get back down to my usual weight (and fit back into my jeans) and guess what?!
I’m using you all as my accountability partners! Scary putting myself out there like this! But why not?! 🙂
I’m going to write down my goal and the specifics of how I’m going to accomplish it, jump into action, report to you as I make progress and celebrate my successes!
What are your goals? How are you going to create your dream life?
I will be working on a variety of goals because goals are a big part of my life and I always have something or other that I’m working on.
That’s what self-improvement is all about right?
Wish me luck! And if any of you need an accountability partner I’m happy to assist!
What are your goals for this fabulous New Year? Leave a comment if you have any tips that we could all use in creating that dream life!
Stay HiP friends!
For more inspiration you might enjoy my recent post on taking ownership of your own self-development. You can read about it here.