Today I want to help you set and achieve realistic goals. This is an area that I’ve struggled with in the past. In the past, I’ve had no problem with setting goals, I could set those babies all day long… achieving them, well that seemed to be this mystical wonder that never quite happened for me. Sound familiar?
Where I was going wrong with goal setting.
For example, year after year I would write new years resolutions. For a long time, the same 3 resolutions appeared on the list.
- Go to college
- Write a book
- Lose Weight
At the end of each year, I could never understand my I’d not achieved these and other goals. One day it actually clicked with me that I’d never written a book because I’d never actually sat down to write one! I’d never lost weight – well because I just kept eating and not moving!
What I’d actually set where dreams or wishes. Things I’d like to do ‘one day’. But as well all know too well…. one day never really arrives… unless we actually put a plan in place.
BUT before we get to the actual planning – let us talk a little about goals themselves. I put off making this video for a whole year because I really wanted to be confident that what I was going to share with you would actually work, particularly if I was going to share this with you on January 1st! I feel [ for many people ] setting a goal at the start of the year [ unless your an established goal getter ] is a recipe for failure. Setting and achieving goals is a skill. It takes focus, determination, commitment and practice! There is ALOT of pressure to set goals at the start of the year, we all feel we should and for me, for a goal to really be achievable you need to and want to achieve the goal. Most important you need to be ready to achieve the goal as well. And so I wanted to put ‘my money where my mouth was’ and so last year I used and perfected this goal setting system first, before sharing it with you.
What is important when setting a goal?
Just because the calendar says its January doesn’t mean it’s the right time for you to start. Now I don’t mean, that you need to get all your ducks in a row before you start [ as they say ] because those kinds of excuses fall into the procrastination folder. What I mean is, in order to set a realistic goal you need to do so at a time where you can actually focus on the goal on what you need to do, be determined to get things done and committed to seeing through. Initially, you may fall off the bandwagon… [ and that is ok, provided you get right back on said bandwagon.]
Like I said, I believe goal setting is a skill. Skills can be learned and perfected with practice. So initially you might face challenges around your goals or your planning, but if you are determined and committed you can break through these. That is why you need to start when you’re mentally prepared as opposed to when the calendar tells you!
Next with goals. Do not plan to achieve multiple goals at one time. Like everyone I am sure there are loads of things, you’d like to do and achieve in your life. Some are possibly quick and easy and others take much more time and planning. It’s absolutely a great idea to draw up a list of all the goals you have. But don’t plan to simultaneously work on or achieve them all at the same time. At least not until your goal getting skill is flexed a little more.
So how do I set and achieve my goals?
I set and achieve realistic goals using the SMARTPLAN System. And I will talk you through exactly how I do that now in the video below:
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I’d love to hear all about your goals…
As you’ll have seen in the video I share 4 pretty big goals of my own for 2018. I’d love to hear all about yours if you’d like to share them in the comments below.
Do any of yours match any of mine?