In my last blog, I spoke how accountability can help us deal with this perpetual “getting ready” mentality. And yet – sometimes accountability isn’t enough for us to move forward. And even when we are making strides towards our goal, we may not be able to sustain our momentum. Here’s another idea:
Set yourself up for success. Yes, we can use all sorts of excuses to not start a project. But there is something to be said for knowing what we need. For example, I like to write in our study – that overlooks our beautiful garden. Being able to see outdoors seems to “open my mind up” to new ideas, creativity, and expansive thoughts. You may find that doing work at a coffee shop can be a productive space for you. Or you may find that having your favorite beverage is what you need to get the juices flowing. (Pardon the pun!).
For your next project, what can you do to set yourself up for success?
If you talk with most successful people, you will find that there is a thread of intentionality in their life. Be deliberate in your goal setting and intentional in your planning. Most experts in their field have focused their efforts on one topic – and in a year –they have built a credible niche. As you write your goals for the New Year, think about what goals will truly help you get to where you want to go. Dream big. What would you like to be doing next year at this time? What goals can help drive you where you want to go? What are some ways you can be more focused this year? Perhaps you need to look at your schedule and drop some things out that may be keeping you more distracted than focused.
As Anthony Robbins said, “Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.”
Think about the last goal that you achieved that you truly were happy about. How much energy and passion did you have around that goal? It is a lot easier to achieve goals when we have a sense of excitement and passion around them.
The first step in creating successful goals is to wrap them around your passion and interests. Certainly, there will be some goals where you just need to achieve them. But even those – I encourage you to look for creative ways to link your passion, energy, and your interests. The goals that you have a better chance of achieving are the ones where you are passionate. Here are some examples of my goals that are linked with my passions:
I want to be healthy and I love to swim! My goal for 2012 is to swim 4-5 times a week.
I love to read! I want to be more intentional about reading and my goal is to read 2 books a month.
I love my husband! We will continue our date nights since this are a practical way to keep our love alive.
How about you? What are you passionate about?
We are 15 days into 2012 – how is your year going so far? Have you had an opportunity to create new plans and goals for the New Year? Before you sit down and develop your new plans – take a look at your last year. It is great to start a new year with a clean slate – but even greater if you don’t relive last year’s mistakes. Just like that old song, “Make new friends but keep the old…one is silver and the other is gold…” we can carry over things that worked and use the momentum of our accomplishments – to help us catapult our 2012! Here are 3 helpful strategies to review your last year:
- Celebrate your Successes. What goals did you accomplish? What do you think was instrumental in your achieving them? What did you learn about yourself or your processes that you can take into the New Year?
- Learn from what went wrong. Perhaps there are some goals from last year that you did not achieve. Why? What could have been helpful for you in achieving these? What can you do differently in the New Year?
- Offer thanks to those who helped you. How many people helped you achieve your goals last year? Have you taken the time to express your gratitude to those who supported you – and without them – you couldn’t have succeeded.
Here’s to a great new year! The next 3 Blog entries will contain some strategies that will help you create goals and plans that will increase your chances of success.