Happy New Year! I hope you and your families are all doing well and your business life is thriving. It’s that time of year when many people set new resolutions or goals for the coming year. Maybe you’re setting a few too?
Before you do I want you to take a moment to look at last years goals. Do you remember your goal? Did you achieve it? Some of you may have, some not…or perhaps, not yet!
Big high fives to those that made it! Enjoy making your new goals this year and being here at the beginning of 2019 with that same feeling of achievement.
For those of you that didn’t reach them (and lets face it, most of us had at least one that “slipped through the cracks!”), take a moment to think about why.
- Perhaps things changed for you during the year?
- Perhaps you expected to feel differently and didn’t want it so much as you got closer?
- Maybe truthfully you didn’t want to achieve it – the cost was too high
- Perhaps your goal no longer serves you and so it’s a good thing you didn’t keep going!
There could be any number of reasons why you haven’t achieved your goal yet. My advice is to understand why before setting another goal and see if there is something you can change for your new goals that will increase your success this year.
Here are 7 questions to ask yourself:
- Did you say specifically what you wanted rather than what you didn’t want?
- Research shows that when we say “I want to save $100 in my budget each month” rather than “I don’t want to be in debt this year” we are more likely to reach our goal.
- Did you think about when, where and with who you want this?
- Putting your goal in context helps make it more real and keeps you accountable to it.
- Did you think about how life will be when you get there?
- Imagining what you will see, hear, feel etc further makes it real and in fact your brain imagines you have already got there!
- Were you totally in charge of everything you needed to reach your goal? Was there anything in the way that stopped you?
- Remember to ask for what you need if you are reliant on someone else to support you.
- Did you expect to loose anything by gaining your goal?
- Was there a different way to get what you would loose that wouldn’t impact your goals?
- Was it worth it? Would you be who you are and who you wanted to be as a result?
- You are much more likely to keep motivated if its worth it – common sense, right? We sometimes forget to check this before we start and just assume its worth it.
- Did it create positive outcomes for you and those around you? How would your life be different?
- Understanding how the future will be for you and your loved ones is a huge motivator that helps keep you on track.
When setting a goal this year think about these questions and review them through the year to help improve your likelihood of success.
As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions – I’m happy to help.
Here’s to 2019 and achieving what you most desire this year.