“A dream is just that, unless you turn it into a goal” Rebecca Adams
Isn’t it intriguing how at New Year’s eve we often set ourselves resolutions or goals for the year ahead? For those of you who set these goals have you reviewed them? Are you on track or have you achieved them?
Most successful people are goal orientated. They take the time to identify what they want to achieve and establish a detailed plan in how to reach the goal. Setting goals gives you focus, purpose, direction and motivation. You are less likely to drift and more likely to empower your future.
“To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you are going, so that you better understand where you are now and so that the steps you take are always in the right direction.” Stephen R Covey
Many of us don’t actually know exactly what we want in our lives and will often “talk” about ideas. Your subconscious mind will work to achieve the things you think of most of the time, whether you want them or not. Why not define your ideas and develop a goals with purpose. Then feed your subconscious mind – the power of the subconscious has a tremendous effect.
We follow a few principles when goal setting:
- Align them with your values
- Write them down!
- Review them regularly
- They are specific – be passionate about them
- They are framed in the positive
- Make them challenging yet achievable
- Give yourself a time frame
Most importantly don’t give up. Confucius said, “It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.” Whilst this jeopardises my time frame principle, truer words have never been spoken. You succeed by not stopping. You’ll notice if you take your dog for a walk, you take the first step and keep going until you reach your destination. The question you can ask yourself is, “If this principle works in routine, everyday occurrences, why wouldn’t it work in all areas?” Of course, the answer is that it does.
It shouldn’t take New Year’s Eve to jig you into setting some goals. There is no better time like the present!