It’s a new year and boy we’re excited! To start 2017 and continue it on a productive note, we’ve asked the team at Mi Goals to help us share some inspiration and goal setting techniques with you throughout the year. We’re kicking things off with the first post from Adam at Mi Goals, talking all things achieving those goals you set for the year.
What If I told you that only 8% of people that create New Year resolutions actually achieve them? Why do so many people fail to maintain these resolutions and what are the secrets behind those who succeed? I’ve put together my top 5 critical tips that will help ensure you are in that 8% that absolutely owns 2017.
Dissect and review 2016
This is where you get into more detail about the good and not-so-good things that happened during 2016. Start off by writing down all the awesome things that you did or that happened to you during the year. By reflecting deeply on the things that went well or didn’t go well, you’ll start to get a sense of the stuff that you want more of in your life and also the stuff that you might want to try and remove in the future.
Rate your year on all areas that you find important such as: family, health and fitness, your career, your finances, travelling and your lifestyle.
If you want to make a change, you have to get real with yourself
Now that you’ve dissected the year that passed and eliminated what you did and didn’t like, it’s time to be honest with yourself and do a little self-analysis. Start out by asking yourself some key questions to discover what really excites you.
- What are your interests?
- What are your priorities?
- What are you really passionate about?
- What are your Strengths and Weaknesses?
Get the tools and create a plan of attack.
Now it’s time to put together a feasible plan to make the things you want to do – happen.
Step 1. Create a vision board
Vision boards are a great way to see all of the things you want to manifest all in one place. Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel. Create visual cues that mean something to you and will be a trigger to remind you as to whether you’re on track and progressing.
Step 2. Be a Goal Digger
It’s time to set some goals. Without goals you lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your life’s direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are on track and progressing. Divide your goals into long-term (will take a few years to complete), medium-term (will take six months to a year to reach) and short-term (can be done in little orme than a month). Make sure your goal is specific, measureable and something that you are passionate about. Set some milestones to meet along the way. Then figure out what steps you need to take to make your goal a reality.
Step 3. Set daily habits
A habit is a recurring and often unconscious pattern of behaviour that is acquired through frequent repetition. If you would like to change a habit or create a new one you have to identify the habit you want to change, identify the routine of this habit and lastly identify a reward you are getting from creating this new habit. Start by setting weekly habits and keep these somewhere you will see everyday, either in your diary or at your desk so that you can be reminded when there is a thought that triggers the success of the new habit you want to create.
Step 4. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
Whilst in the moment you might feel uncomfortable, it goes a long way in terms of personal development. No one likes to feel uncomfortable, but it’s a big part of improving your performance, creativity and learning in the long run. Get out of your comfort zone by trying something you thought you could “never do”. If you want to be successful, there’s literally nothing stopping you aside from the walls you’ve built for yourself.
Step 5. Get stuff done
Plans only work if you do, so set daily to-do lists to help de-clutter your mind and take the action required to get you closer to your goals by prioritising the tasks that need to be done. Keep motivated by monitoring your progress and rewarding yourself along the way. Know that every short-term goal you complete takes you closer to your vision and helps you live a life of purpose.
Lastly, we have the opportunity to accomplish new goals and reach higher than we ever have before. Use the momentum from the New Year to get yourself on the right track; all you have to do is start.
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Let’s make 2017 the best year yet.