It’s that time of year again when many will start to consider setting goals for the new year. I am a firm believer that you shouldn’t wait until 1st January to do so, as it’s a continuous process. That said for those who are setting new goals, below are a few tips on how to start the process.
Quantify your goal
For some people this may mean losing weight, quitting smoking, saving money, starting a new business, becoming more organised, or perhaps it’s time for a change of career. Either way, it should be something that motivates you and is measurable and quantifiable.
State your goals in the positive
It is crucial to write down your goals. Positively stated goals create motivational images in the mind, whereas negatively stated goals do not. The closer you are physically and emotionally to the images connected to your goals, the faster you will reach them therefore only write goals for what you really want.The most important first step is to imagine yourself achieving the result and not think about how you’ll do it.
Along with your goals, write down the steps and requirements you will need in order to realise these goals.
Set a deadline
Set time limits on your goals. Having a certain time in mind to achieve your goal increases your chance of reaching it. A written deadline keeps you focused on the result of your goal so you become more resistant to obstacles along the way. It also instructs your body chemistry to move forward and begin to take action with a greater sense of urgency. As the saying goes “You don’t have to be great to get started, however you have to get started to become great”
Make a Plan
Break your goals down into manageable pieces – this makes them less daunting. By creating a series of realistic mini goals along the way, you can also feel a constant and building sense of achievement.For example for weight loss, you may consider cutting out refined sugar or working out three days per week. If your new goal involves having more money, you may start by banking a certain amount of money each week.
Display your goals list everywhere
Display your written list of goals everywhere: on your refrigerator, as a screen saver, your computer, your phone – everywhere. This forces the brain to constantly evaluate each goal.
Cut out pictures or print images of everything connected with your goals. Images of houses, cars, holidays etc are a great way to keep focused.
Make a Commitment Take Action
As soon as you have decided what your goal will be, start working on it immediately – not tomorrow, next week, after Christmas, or when the kids leave home – Start right now! Enrol in that course, apply for that new job, find a mentor or join that gym. The most important action to take is to get moving. The reason most people don’t do more with their lives is because they are always busy getting ready to get ready!
It’s important to acknowledge and celebrate your progress along the way. Use healthy rewards that may give an extra incentive to work toward your goals. eg. At your first weight loss milestone, reward yourself with a new workout outfit.
In summary, therefore, set clearly defined goals, handwrite them in a list and keep adding to it. Be sure that what you set as goals are things you really want. Take inspired action towards your goal and reward yourself along the way for your accomplishments.
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