Has the New year resulted in a new you?
Keeping on top of our goals
We are now in February and it is possible that some of us have stopped working towards our New Year’s resolutions. We’ve gone past the magical 30 days, which is supposedly the amount of time it takes for something to become a habit. If we’re feeling really disheartened, we can wonder ‘why bother setting goals in the first place if we’re just going to fail?’. This mindset is understandable – but not inevitable. It’s never too late to get back on track and achieve all your goals, targets, resolutions.
First of all let’s look at why we may be struggling. Perhaps the overall goal is too big to ‘feel’ on a daily basis – if you don’t break it down, there is no reward or accountability. So first let’s take stock and return to your ‘why’. Why is this goal important to you?
Look at what you want to achieve and ensure you truly know ‘why.’ You need this to drive you to achieve. It needs to be powerful and have meaning to it, as it will be the force that gets you up early, pushes you out of your comfort zone and reminds you of the bigger picture.
Once you have that, we have to segment your goal into smaller sections that lead from one to the next as this will give you a starting point. This simple step is probably the most important and if you just do one aspect make it this.
An example of this might be to read 12 books in a year.
Why- to improve my reading skills and so that I know I have improved my intelligence and that I can learn about anything I want.
How- an average book is 350 pages, times this by 12 gives you 4,200 pages to read in a year. Now if you were to read every day all you’d have to do is read 11.5 pages per day, which will take approximately 15 minutes.
2) Be consistent
As you can see in the example above, the daily task that you have to hit is really quite easy. Along the road your motivation for the goal may slip, this is perfectly normal so don’t beat yourself up over it. All you have to do is make sure that your daily task is simple to do. That way when motivation is low you’ll still be able to hit your goal for the day, making you consistent.
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” John C Maxwell
Things are always easier when you have someone or a team to help you. This is what accountability does. By taking responsibility for your actions, activities and disclosing the results you become accountable and are more likely to take action. You can do this in a public manner by publishing what you are going to do for the world to see (which is very easy to do with social media), with an accountability friend who helps you or just by documenting what you’ll do and keeping the list up-to-date.
4) Reward, praise
Achieving the goals and resolutions should be fun and so should the road you take as you work towards them. So make sure you give yourself specific points and times to reward yourself along the way. This needs to be outlined during the planning stage, so you can see early on at what points you’ll get particular rewards.
These points should be specific and easy to measure so that there is no grey area. A good way of keeping this in check is to give the power of reward to someone else. This way you’ll produce the evidence and content needed to ensure you get your reward. This could be anything from sharing what you have achieved, getting something new, a meal out, a trip away or a new book.
Take the time right now to write down some answers to these questions:
- Why do I want to achieve this goal?
- What is something I can do today that will help set me in good stead to achieve it and is it easy to do to stay consistent?
- How will I reward myself on my journey?
Then get cracking.