Set Your Goals For 2015
As we hurtle ever closer to 2015, many of us will be thinking of new years resolutions, setting intentions or asking the universe for the things we would like to see more of. If you have had a difficult time in 2014 I am guessing you will be pleased to welcome in a new year and a new start. For me, I don’t place as much importance on the new year as I know other people do, however I will be setting some intentions and goals for myself and for my business in 2015. The benefits of doing this is that it can give you focus and help to keep you on track and motivated to achieve what you hope to in the future. Without a goal you can end up being distracted by other things that happen in life and then not achieve what you had hoped to. For example, how many times have you logged onto the internet for a specific piece of information only to get distracted by something else and before you know it an hour has gone by and you haven’t found out the information you went on to get? This is a simplistic example but this can happen in our lives if we don’t have a goal or an overall objective.
Goal setting can be difficult – how will you know what opportunities will present themselves during the year? A year is a long time! There are ways to deal with all of the issues you might face, and I will look at those things below.
- An overall wish for the year is a good place to start. This can be as creative and out there as you like. Many people will say something like “I’d like to win the lottery so I can retire.” If anyone says this to me, I challenge it. Do you really want to win the lottery? Look at some of the problems past lottery winners have faced…….
- Once you have a large goal it is beneficial to break it down into achievable smaller goals. These should be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time limited). I think this can be tricky but with a little bit of guesswork and information gathering it can be done.
- Now think about your goal. Does it match with your values? Is it really realistic?
- The proof of the pudding is in the tasting. This is where you try it out. If it doesn’t work, that’s OK. Goals should not be set to be later used as a stick to beat yourself up with – be kind to yourself. If something isn’t working review the goal and ask why it didn’t work.
- Once you have done this, it’s important to revisit your goals and tweak them. Change whatever needs to be changed and carry on as before.
- Repeat this process throughout the year.
- If a new opportunity presents itself, ask if it fits in with your goals. If it does great! If it doesn’t, do you need to think about changing your goals again? Remember to ask if the new opportunity fits in with the values you had when setting your goals. Have your priorities changed?
- So in summary, a goal plan is very much a live document, to be changed and reviewed regularly.
- Staying motivated can be difficult, so this is why the goal must fit with your values and what you want to achieve. This is the reason that SMART is so important.
Goal setting can be tricky. But by thinking out what you want to achieve it can help you stay focussed. I run sessions on goal setting, so if you would like to know more, please get in touch.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.