With the world cup about to kick-off it’s safe to say we’re going to see lots of goals over the coming weeks! And as we’re almost smack-bang in the middle of the year it also means that you’ve only got 6 months left to achieve the goals you set yourself in January. If that thought leaves you shivering on the sidelines follow my 3 step plan to help kick your goals like a pro and end the year at the top of the league!
If you’re reading this and feeling a tad guilty that you’re not as close to achieving your goals as you would have hoped by now, you’re not alone. Importantly, take a moment now to assess your situation and be honest with yourself about the position you’re in. How much work and effort have you really put in over the last 5 months? Are you on track to achieve your goals? Have you got as far as you had hoped by now and if not, where are the gaps?
Acknowledge your successes but also be ready to put your hand up and admit if you’ve not really been as committed as you needed to be. By asking yourself these questions it’s like taking a compass reading for your current location – you need to know your starting point to be able to plan effectively for the 6-months ahead.
Once you’ve done a self-assessment, and perhaps had a big wake-up call, it’s time to work through the following 3 steps to help you reach the end of the year with a round of applause and that sense of satisfaction that comes from achieving something that’s important to you:-
Step 1: Know What You’re Aiming For
You would think this would be an obvious starting point but from my experience way too many people aren’t actually clear on what they want to achieve when they set a goal. Did you start the year saying something like “I want to get a new job” or “I want to lose weight” or “I want to set up my own business”? Franky these goals are way too vague and can actually be more of a hindrance than a help in the long run.
The secret to setting an effective goal that gets you off to a great start is to make it specific, timely and measurable. So if you want to change jobs, you need to consider the type of job you want to move into, when you want to do it by, and how you are going to know you’ve reached your goal. Importantly, think about what you want the end result to look like – is it receiving a new job offer, signing the contract, celebrating with your mates, or walking into a new office on day 1 that signifies to you that you’ve reached your goal?
You should then write your goal out as if you have already achieved it as this helps increase your level of motivation and focus to reach the end result. For example:-
Step 2: Know How You’re Going To Get There
The biggest downfall for most people in achieving their goals is that they don’t take the time to plan HOW they’re actually going to do it! Having a goal is a great start, but if you don’t put together a plan of action to reach the end result the goal isn’t much more than a pipe dream that probably won’t eventuate.
It’s vital that you take each specific goal and work out a strategy to get it done. Crunch down into the specifics of what actually needs to happen in order for you to achieve the result you’re looking for.
So for example, if you want to change career, do you know what type of career you want to move into? If not, how are you going to find that out? What steps are involved in changing career? How can you transition from your current job into your ideal position? How long will that take? What skills do you need to make the move? and so on….. By answering these questions you will start to build up a plan of action that you can then follow to help you get ahead.
Don’t run the risk of falling foul of overwhelm by constantly aiming for the end goal with no interim steps in between. Trying to lose 10kgs might be daunting, but losing 1kg a month and having a smart nutrition and exercise plan that you follow daily will make that bigger goal much more achievable. Similarly, setting up your own business can involve a lot of work, but following a well thought-out plan of simple steps that you take action on daily isn’t anywhere near as complex!
Step 3: Take Action
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that setting a goal, and planning to achieve it is enough! The vital ingredient is action, and if you’re not willing to put the effort in that’s required you simply won’t get where you want to be.
Review your plan of action daily and take consistent action towards your goal. Remember – you don’t need to be making major breakthroughs every day or week, you just need to be putting one foot in front of the other on a regular basis to get to the end result. Plan your time wisely, schedule regular activity in your diary and do what you need to do to achieve your goals.
Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach and Time Management Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email email@example.com
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