How To Set Goals That You Will Achieve
Christmas is the time of year when we welcome magic into our lives and allow ourselves to be swept up by the allure, excitement and possibility of dreams. Yet, for many of us this comes to an abrupt end on the 2nd January when pay packets are empty, bellies are bulging and we trudge back to jobs that we hate. Soon we are once again unwittingly caught up in a daily grind that seems to mock our previous hopes and dreams.
Yet if we look truthfully and deeply inside ourselves those dreams still linger. For some they become a reality and we look at those people and say, ‘it’s okay for them’ or ‘they’re so lucky’. However luck rarely has anything to do with success. Instead the common factor in successful people is the ability to dream big, set goals, create an action plan and stay focused and determined until their goals are achieved. They know exactly where they want to go and how they are going to get there.
So if you are ready to make next year a success, to start dreaming again, take charge of your own reality and secure your future happiness, we have created a goal setting workshop that will help you design your own success blueprint for 2018.
Step 1 – Aspire
The older we get, the more we are conditioned by society to fit in and accept our lot. If we dare to dream big we are mocked by others or made to feel that we are not deserving of higher achievement. So we start to adapt and learn to make do, our dreams become smaller and less challenging and before we know it we are living a life that is designed by others not ourselves.
In 2018 it’s time to start dreaming again and to start dreaming BIG! Find yourself a quiet place and let yourself fall into the land of fantasy, a land where you can have, be, or achieve anything you want. It might be a complete change of career, starting a new business, climbing to Everest Base Camp, raising £10,000 for charity, running a marathon, meeting the man of your dreams, designing your own house, being a contestant on a TV show, studying for a degree or moving to the other side of the world!
Whatever your idea, write it down and visualise what it would be like to have it – how it would change you as a person, how it would improve your life, how incredible you would feel about doing, having or accomplishing your ultimate desire. You don’t need to stop at one idea; you may have a list of things you want to change, short term and long-term goals - that’s brilliant. Whatever they are, get excited about the possibility of all of them, drop the skepticism and cynicism of adulthood and believe in them as desperately as you believed in Santa when you were a child!
“Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them, there’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them and there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.” Jim Rohn
Step 2 – Aim
Allowing yourself to dream again is exhilarating and can fill you with the motivation required to change your world. However, it is important to be aware that “a goal without a plan is just a wish”. Antoine de Saint Exupery
In order to turn your dreams into reality, you must back them up with a plan that is designed to keep you focused, on track and withstand the inevitable distractions, pot holes and unexpected twists that life throws at you.
Look at each of your goals individually and decide firstly what you need to do and secondly who you need to become in order to achieve them. If you have a fitness goal, set a date for when you want to achieve it, find a training or nutrition programme that fulfills your needs and a physical challenge that will require you to grow as a person in order to achieve it. If you are looking for a change of career, contact successful people in your chosen field and ask them how they got started and what you need to do to follow in their footsteps.
If you are feeling slightly overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task ahead then break your goals into bite size chunks. Start with a 90-day plan i.e. where do you want to be in 90 days/3 months time? How much closer to your goal? Then break that plan down to a list of monthly, weekly and daily tasks that will keep you on track and ensure you are heading in the right direction. This takes a good amount of time and planning but as Benjamin Franklin famously said, “if you fail to plan you are planning to fail” so have faith that the time you take to set your goals and plans will absolutely pay off in the long term.
Once your plan is finalised print it out a few times and place it around your house. Keep a copy in your office or your workspace, but also in your bedroom to read over at night and remind yourself what you should be doing the next day. Use your plan to keep you excited and committed to the fact that you can become whatever you want to become and accomplish all that you are capable of accomplishing.
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” Christopher Reeves
Step 3 – Achieve
By daring to dream, setting your goals and having the faith to follow your plan there is no doubt that you will achieve your goals and the feeling it will give you will be something that will change you forever. You will be inspired to set greater goals and higher challenges that will continue to shape you, you will tap into currently unknown reserves of ideas and creativity until you have made changes that today seem completely inconceivable. We often look at our heroes with a naïve adolation for all they have achieved without fully comprehending the hours of work, dedication, sacrifice and difficult decisions they have had to make to achieve their dreams. Yet they have done it, and so with the right faith, direction, passion and determination shall you.