As the year draws to a close many people start thinking about what New Year resolutions they will make for 2015.
We challenge you not to make any this year. The vast majority of New Year resolutions fail. They tend to be too wide sweeping and do not help you change your behaviour and achieve what you want.
Humans are creatures of habit. You need determination and a course of action to make positive changes in your life.
This year do something different. Don’t set resolutions but take some time to think about where you would like to be in one year, three years and five years in both your work and personal life.
Then sit down and set some goals.
It’s been proven over and over that the key to successful goal setting is to be SMART – they need to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results focussed and Time-bound.
You can set goals in any area of your life but if you don’t know where to start try thinking about your life in categories that include your career, financial goals, education, family, attitude, physical, pleasure or even public service.
Make sure your goals are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. Motivation is key to achieving goals. You also should write your goals down including why they are important to you. And then pin up your goals in a prominent place so you will see them every day. Share them with others – tell your colleagues, family and friends!
Now that you have your goals you need to make an action plan. Set out the individual steps you need to do to be successful. This gives you a road map to achieve your goals.
If you need help to stay on track to achieve your goals think about using a professional coach. A coach is there to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses and help you learn new ways of thinking and applying yourself.
But the main benefit of a coach is accountability. Coaches offer both encouragement and a forced discipline to help you achieve success in the goals you have set.
So make 2016 the year of successful goal setting to achieve the success you deserve in all parts of your life.