I’m sure we can all reflect on this same scenario. That memorable day – perhaps a night when the good feelings and alcohol was flowing? Perhaps you felt optimistic and ready to pursue a big business idea or finally chase down a personal objective.
Maybe you promised yourself that 2016 would be the year you’d break free of employment, set up your own business and have better control over your personal time. This was the occasion. You were adamant. You had finally made a definitive decision to turn your objectives into a reality…. In 2016 you resolved to make it happen!
As 2016 comes to an end, it’s now time for a progress check.
- How is the new business plan shaping?
- Have you accomplished what you set out to do?
- Are you at least some way down the path of accomplishing your goal?
If you haven’t made progress versus your good intentions, try not to beat yourself up. However, you should at least learn lessons from your failure to progress and use this as the fuel to motivate yourself to get it right in 2017.
It may be that you gave up too easily on the goal you set for yourself in 2016. Perhaps you have since changed your mind and revised the goals? Or maybe you suffered from paralysis by analysis and simply did not do enough about your goal plan.
Here are six methods you can try to help you make progress against your goals.
- Create a method to visualise your goals
A desire or goal that you can actually envision is much more powerful than something you may simply write down in text or memorise
Making a scrap book to lay out images of your goals (I call this a Dream Board) is a practice that I personally use to map out my life desires and objectives.
Here are some very basic ideas to convey my meaning.
If you want to lose weight, find an old picture of yourself looking your best and pin this in a section of your book entitled ‘this is the way I am going to look in December 2017’
If you want a new car, print off a picture of the car your desire and place it in a section entitled ‘These are items that I will own by January 2018’.
Find an image of a holiday destination that you really want to experience and place it in a section called ‘experiences that I will enjoy in 2017’
Whatever your goals and desires are, find an image and place it in your Dream Board.
Put the Dream Board book in a place where you will be constantly reminded of your intentions – perhaps place it on a coffee table in your lounge, on your bedside cabinet or in the bathroom.
Be disciplined in taking some time to look through the book each week.
2. Tell some people that care about your plans
One of the techniques I use in my coaching work is to encourage my clients to create, write down and share their plans with me. I also encourage clients to share their goals with people who will spur them on and support their mission of self-improvement.
This is almost like making yourself accountable to your chosen friends and family. If you share your goals in a detailed enough way, this creates a scenario where your friends will ask you for feedback on your progress. This is exactly the type of gentle accountability that will motivate you not to give up.
It might feel a little uncomfortable to share your setbacks with friends. These types of setbacks are inevitable and you will need to demonstrate determination and strength of character and stay focused on the bigger plan.
Those friends and family members who genuinely care about you will take the time to applaud and congratulate you when you reach your milestones or chalk off and achieve some of your plans.
This type of team spirit is especially evident in the team of colleagues who work with me. My team come to together to share ideas and support. When a team member receives a setback, they are often overwhelmed with the support they receive to try a new idea, to tweak their plans and to just keep going.
- Break down your goals into manageable chunks
It is a fact that many people abandon their goals because they are just too demanding and set out unrealistically in the first place.
Goal setting needs to be done with realistic expectations. Try breaking down your goals into bite-sized chunks. For example, if your goal is to set up your own business, your bite sized objectives might look a little something like this:
- Decide what sort of business you want to run
- Search for evidence to see where demand for your products exists
- Figure out how you will market the products
- Create a business plan to establish your set up and ongoing costs and understanding what your profitability will be at the end of year 1.
- Source a credible product supplier and agree payment terms
- Create marketing materials – a website, social media accounts, business cards, leaflets etc.
- Create a book keeping system
- Get enough stock to launch
- Hold a small business launch with your close friends & family
The above list is only a small number of the tasks you will need to think about but you will get a flavour for what I mean about breaking down the bigger goals of setting up a business into more manageable chunks
- Set a target accomplishment date
One of the best ways to progress against a goal is to place the ultimate goal and the mini tasks it in your calendar. If you set a target delivery date and impose this delivery timescale on yourself, you’re much more likely to reach it.
As an example, people who decide to run a marathon will empathise with this preparation predicament. Those people who are not fit and need to work to get themselves into the sort of shape that can carry their legs for more than 26 miles.
This physical challenge takes preparation and practice. A sensible training plan usually starts one full year before the event. The practice runs will start at 5 miles and increases to 12 miles. One month from the event, some people are running 15 – 20 miles to condition their body to overcome the full marathon challenge when the actual date arrives.
- Try to be realistic
Almost everyone likes the idea of earning two million pounds per year. Equally, there are people who are motivated to find a magic cure for illnesses such as cancer. Let’s face it, whilst some goals are remarkably exciting, in the short term they are just not realistic
My advice here is simple. Please don’t set yourself up for failure by letting your dreams exceed your reasonable abilities and resources.
Please don’t misinterpret me here. I am not saying you should not set challenging goals. It certainly is possible to get into the million pound per year income bracket with the right business plan and a good few years of hard work. However, it is highly unlikely that you will accomplish this inside a single 12-month period.
- Make a commitment to yourself
However much planning and support you can gather, let’s never lose sight of the only person that truly matters in this goal-setting process. That person is you.
Depending on your specific goals (let’s say it is losing weight & getting healthy) you are the person who has to change your eating habits or put the hours in at the gym to support your fitness crusade.
If it’s a business you aspire towards, you’re the one who needs to find some spare time to build your exciting new business… whilst possibly holding down a day job.
If debt reduction is your goal, you’re the only one receiving the salary that, if managed and deployed carefully, will eventually help to settle your credit card debt.
In my world, there is an avalanche of heart-warming support but ultimately our team members need to be accountable. They have to commit to themselves and they sometimes need to re-commit each time they hit an inevitable hurdle. There will always be kinks in the road that you will have to prepare for and navigate these distractions.
I always ask my clients to reflect on what I call the compound effect.
We can all reflect on scenarios when we have seen positive and negative effects take place over a concerted period of time. As an example, a person who is an unhealthy eater over a five-year period will inevitably put on weight, they will have low energy levels and be more susceptible to unwanted illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
Alternatively, the health focused person (regular gym goer and healthy eater) will most probably look better, feel better and enjoy better health and more vitality later into life.
Good luck with your goal planning and please do reach out to me if you want to consider working with me and my team.
About Julianna Beavan
Julianna Beavan is one of the world’s most respected Business Coaches and Network Marketers. With a proven track record in helping people to take better control of their financial and lifestyle circumstances, via exciting options that exist in the health & wellness sector. Julianna is often commended for her inspiring coaching style – never neglecting the important human aspects of being warm, supportive and humble towards all those who approach her with a serious business appetite and the discipline to succeed.
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