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Simple Steps to Set New Year Goals You Will
By Victoria Munro
It’s a New Year – a new
beginning, time to think about new directions, dreams
and aspirations, and to set and achieve goals. The following
Seven Simple Steps will get
you started, keep you going and help you get where you
want to be.
Begin with the End in Mind
Work backwards. Decide
where you want to be at the end of the year. With that
in mind, where will you need to be six months and three
months from now? For instance, in your business, you
might set goals for revenue, number of new clients or
projects completed. Next, break it down to what you
will need to achieve in the next 30 days.
Passion Will Provide the Motivation You Need
If you’re passionate
about the outcome, your chances of success will multiply.
When we want something really badly, the end result
seems worth all the effort to get there – we’re
much more willing to pay the price. List all the benefits
to you for reaching a goal.
You’ll also be more likely to
achieve goals based on your own core values.
Step Three: Commit Your Goals
Writing out your goals and displaying them where you
see them often will increase your chances of reaching
them. Word them carefully and be specific. Create an
action plan with due dates and clear action steps for
each goal. Prioritizing your goals will help when life
gets busy. Then, set a timeline to get yourself going.
Step Four: Test Your Goals
Make sure your goals are realistic
– a bit of a stretch but still within reach. Setting
idealistic goals that are too difficult to achieve,
or having too many goals, can lead to defeat and discouragement.
Make sure each goal is measurable – you need to
know if you’ve won or lost.
Be flexible. When a goal isn’t working,
find out why. If circumstances change, a goal may no
longer be useful. Give yourself permission to modify
or even abandon it altogether.
Step Five: You’ll Need
Accountability and Support Along the Way
Find an accountability buddy who’ll hold your
feet to the fire. It’s amazing how motivated we
can be to complete a project when we have to answer
to someone else.
Step Six: Keep Moving Forward
Review goals and gauge your progress regularly.
Make this part of your daily or weekly planning process.
Do something every day, no matter how small, that will
take you closer to your desired result. Keep steadily
plodding forward. This may not seem exciting, but looking
back occasionally to see how far you’ve come will
prove very rewarding.
Encourage yourself with positive
self-talk. Silence your “inner critic”
– allow no negative internal dialogue about the
process or your ability to achieve a goal.
Employ all your senses
to keep you on track. Ask yourself how will it feel
when you achieve your goal. Think about it. Imagine
Use the power of pictures.
What will it look like when you achieve a goal? Post
pictures where you’ll see them daily. Divorce
coach Laurie Cameron always wanted to own a convertible,
so she cut out a picture and put it up in her office.
It happened to be a gold 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible.
After looking at the picture for a couple of years,
wishing she could afford it, she declared out loud that
her next car would be a convertible! She called an auto
broker, told him she wanted a convertible and that she
wasn’t in a hurry – next week or next year,
it didn’t matter.
Three days later, he called back. He’d found
a car at an auction and was she interested. It was a
gold 2000 Chrysler Sebring that she has thoroughly enjoyed
Step Seven: Enjoy the Journey
Reward yourself along the way
for small accomplishments. Celebrate achievements
– this could be a dinner out at a favorite restaurant,
an ice cream cone, time out to visit with an old friend
over a latte at the local coffee shop or a walk in the
park. Each day, do something
you love to do.
We suggest you set goals
in all areas of your life: family, relationships,
spiritual, physical, educational and cultural –
not just business. This will lead to a more balanced
You may not make great strides overnight, but like
the tortoise, if you faithfully continue to make steady
progress, you will reach
© 2005-2007 Victoria Munro.
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About the Author: Victoria Munro is
co-founder (along with husband Dave Block) of Make-it-Fly®
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small-business owners through creatively designed programs
and tools. Victoria has started and run nine different
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