Statistics show that 92% of people who set New Year Resolutions have abandoned them by March! So, now that we are at the halfway point through the year – I thought it was time for a check-in. As a Brisbane life coach, I make sure to check in with my clients on their goals regularly to help keep them on track.
Achieving goals and sticking to resolutions is such a large part of the work I do with my clients and I’ve perfected some critical steps to help people accomplish their goals. These 4 simple steps will help get you back on track for the rest of the year.
STEP 1: WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS
It may seem obvious but you’d be surprised at how many people just think about what they want to achieve and then don’t write that down. The reason written goals are so effective is because they’re no longer just floating around in your head. That makes them easier to track and you will clearly know the outcomes you want to achieve in 2021
STEP 2: PRIORITIZE YOUR GOALS
You now know what you want to achieve this year but where do you even start?Choose 3 goals that you want to make your top priority. As you achieve each one of your top 3 goals, replace them with another from your written list. Taking it step by step instead of trying to do it all at once will encourage you to keep going as you won’t feel so overwhelmed.
STEP 3: WRITE AN ACTION PLAN
Then decide on the actions you’re going to take to achieve your priorities. I recommend making a fortnightly action plan so you can tick off what you’ve achieved and also add new actions you need to take. This is a great way to motivate yourself – you’ll be able to see that you’re actually getting there!
STEP 4: REVIEW YOUR GOALS
Following on from checking up on your action plan every few weeks, you should also take the time to review your goals on a regular basis – I recommend every 3 or 6 months. And,something we all forget to do – celebrate when you achieve your goals! We get so busy working towards the next goal on our list that we forget to give ourselves a pat on the back for what we’ve already managed to accomplish.
What are SMART goals?
SMART goals are: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Timebound.This goal setting system really helps people achieve their goals because they are clearly defined! All components are important for goal setting but one of my favourites is Actionable.For a goal to be SMART it must be actionable by us, and within our control. Otherwise it’s not a goal, it’s a wish!
I hope you are feeling confident and ready to take on the rest of the year! GOALS are there to INSPIRE YOU, not to beat yourself up with! Now that’s SMART!