At the end of the first week of 2018, have you stuck to your New Year Resolutions?
If you’re enthusiasm is beginning to disappear, you’re not alone. I read somewhere recently, that 92% of people who set New Year Resolutions, have given up by the 15th January!
Maybe you didn’t set any resolutions, because you’ve set them in the past and never quite succeeded in achieving them?
In either case, maybe it’s just that you’ve been setting yourself up for failure, in the way you set your goals.
One thing is for sure, if you don’t set goals, you’re definitely not going to achieve them!!
So here are my 5 TOP TIPS, to help you set yourself up for success?
- Write your goals down
- Apparently, only 3% of the population write down their goals and only 14% of the population set themselves any goals at all.
- If you set goals but you store them in your head rather than writing them down, you’re reducing your rate of success by more than 50%. Writing down your goals massively increases your chances of actually achieving them.
- Set SMART Goals but with a proviso….
- SMART normally stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. However, from now on, I’m going to change the meaning of the R to RELEVANT rather than REALISTIC. Why? Because, it’s been proven that the most successful people don’t set realistic goals, they set challenging goals that are relevant to their ambitions and values.
- When we set realistic goals, we’re often dumbing them down, because we fear that making them too challenging, is likely to increase our chances of failure. None of us wants to shout to the world that we FAILED to achieve our goals do we?
- Research has shown that the people who are most likely to succeed in achieving their goals, are those who challenge themselves, because setting a challenging goal that we can associate with, creates a much greater emotional connection with the goal. When we set realistic goals, they may feel boring and we lose that emotional boost and feeling of excitement, which means we’re much more likely to give up….
- Set a Challenging goal that is aligned to your VALUES.
- Values are those things that are fundamentally important to us and therefore, when we recognise the relevance to our life and we can identify the benefits of achieving it and the downside of not achieving it, we’re much more likely to pursue it and we’ll feel compelled to continue when the going gets tough!
- You can learn more about understanding what your values are and how they impact on our lives here: 4 Ways to Develop your Personal Values List and help you to Lead A Life Worth Living!
- Avoid Overwhelming Yourself
- There is a difference between setting a Challenging Goal and a goal that is completely overwhelming and feels impossible. It’s important to find the balance between a boring goal and a goal that is completely unrealistic and likely to overwhelm. Challenging is somewhere in the middle and pushes us beyond our comfort zone.
- When we look at our journey toward a goal as an opportunity to learn and grow, regardless of the final outcome, we’re less likely to let fear of failure hold us back.
- Establish a Dream Team
- Build supportive relationships with people who you can share your goal with and who will encourage you and motivate you to keep going.
- Avoid sharing your goals with people who may love you, but who may also discourage you, because they don’t share your future vision or they have their own fears and insecurities and they worry that they may lose you, if you change.
So, if you haven’t written yourself any goals for 2018 yet, now is definitely the right time!
If you’d like a copy of the Brilliance Within Goal Setting Workbook, let me know in the comments section below and I’ll send one to you.
Remember – writing down your goals will put you in the top 3% of the population and will increase your chance of success by 50%!
Goals move your wishes into reality. They begin in the imagination, so dream big!