‘One person with a commitment is worth a hundred who only have an interest.’ Zig Ziglar
When a person takes the time to plan carefully, you will be more likely to have success with your effort. While its true that we may not fully meet every expectation we have of ourselves, we can give ourselves a better chance by implementing the tips below. Its important to recognize the exceptional qualities within ourselves that we often forget or fail to see.
These tips hold true no matter what your goals are:
Taking some courses, advancing in the workplace, weight loss, financial freedom, saving money for something special, running 10 km, training for a triathlon and completing it, building muscles, spending more time with family and friends… You will have a higher chance of achieving that goal if you plan and prepare properly for it…and be happy doing it!
See the 9 tips below to get into the right frame of mind to plan and prepare for 2016 goals!
1. Made a decision and a commitment
Its critical to make up your mind and make clear decisions about what your goals will be. Be sure they are something that is specific enough that it can be measured in some way otherwise if it is too wishy-washy, motivation will be lost as you will have no way of knowing when the goal is reached.
Wishing and dreaming do not work, but writing them down and consciously deciding on goals and committing to them is what we need to do first.
2. Have a good foundation for YOU
If you work at being a good person, being an honest, loving and loyal person. Having a good character and integrity is critical to set the foundation as a person prior to moving towards your goals.
3. Break bigger goals into small parts and visualize them
Take time to think about goals which will take a longer period of time to achieve. Break these down into smaller bite size pieces that you can achieve over a shorter time.
Take time to visualize yourself achieving your goal. Imagine how you will look and feel once that goal is achieved. Imagine how you will feel getting the certificate of course completion, or paying off that debt. Imagine how you will look in the mirror wearing your favourite outfit if you achieve your weight loss goal. To achieve our goals, if we mentally reach for them and see them, they become possible in our mind.
4. Be accountable to your decision
Be focused every day on what your goals are. Keep track each day of what you are doing to work towards those goals. Self-discipline is the key to reaching those goals. Each evening, plan a few short activities for the following day that will move you towards your goals.
5. Share your goals with others
Work towards common goals with other people if you can. Camaraderie is a great motivational tool!! Also, tell others about your goals so that you are more likely to be accountable and to have support from others.
6. Be willing to move outside your comfort zone.
To stay where we are at now and not move outside our current situation or comfort zone, then our 2016 achievements aren’t likely to look much different than 2015. Once you have made your decision to change something, you need to be willing to commit to doing things different each day and choosing different paths than you are used to!
It takes more work to stay on your new path, than it would be to slide back to old habits…don’t let that happen!
7. Put pen to paper
By documenting each day or keeping a journal with your key goals written inside, you can track once you have reached even the small steps of your goals (see small steps tip 3). After you accomplish those steps, reward yourself to boost confidence, motivation and energy to keep moving forward. There is no bigger reward than seeing your list of goals come to life and the slow steps towards achieving them also happening in black and white before your eyes!
8. Enjoy your life!
This is a critical part of goal setting success. We need to enjoy the journey towards our goals and not have the “I will be happy when…” mindset. Be happy NOW and be grateful about what you have and celebrating the small goal achievements along the way can just be the icing on the cake!
9. Help other people and be happier
There is something about giving of yourself and your time with NO expectations in return that creates positive feelings, improved confidence and self-worth and helps people in your surroundings at the same time. Even just small things that only take a few minutes like holding a door or helping others carry items to their car. Bringing a co-worker a cup of coffee. These small gestures are great to boost your happiness and that of those around you.
Remember, we cannot wait to be happy AFTER achieving our goals…we need to be happy on the journey as well! Celebrate the positive achievements and the better person you are becoming as you work on those goals
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