8 Steps to a Successful New Year

8 Steps to a Successful New Year

As another year comes to a close, and you reflect on your accomplishments, how do you feel?  Did you make the progress that you had hoped to make this year?    If you did, congratulations!  If you didn’t, why not?  The number one reason that people are stuck in the same place year after year is because they don’t take the time to set goals.

I am sure that at one time or another we have all heard the Harvard statistics
83% of the population does not set goals
14% have a plan in mind, but never write it down
3% write down their goals
The study found that the 14% that have goals are 10 times more successful than those without goals.

The 3% that write down those goals are 3 times more successful than the 14% that have goals but don’t write them down.

There are a few things to keep in mind when you are writing your goals.

1.  One of the biggest factors in reaching your goals is to BELIEVE that you can do it!  If the goal is too far out of your comfort zone, or you just don’t believe it is something that you could ever achieve, don’t even write it down.

2.  Write your goals down!   Writing down your goals will help you keep focused on them.  Put your goals on sticky notes on your mirror, on your dashboard, on your laptop, everywhere you will see them throughout the day.  If you don’t write them down, they will be jumbled up in your head with the other 15,000 thoughts that you have each day.

3. Visualize what you want.  Picture how you want your life to look a year from now.  Include your business, personal, family and financial goals.  When you visualize the outcome, your goals become clearer and easier to focus on.  Many athletes use this technique to improve their skills.  Kickers visualize the ball going through the middle of the uprights for a field goal, unfortunately, these kickers do not play for the Bears!

4. Commit to each goal and know its purpose.  Make sure you know why you want to achieve your goal and then make sure you are committed to achieving it. Write down why it is important to you and what impact it will have on your life.  Don’t write it down unless you are fully committed to it, otherwise, it will just nag at you all year and create negative energy and take you away from other goals.

5.  Make your goals SMART.

6. Create a plan of action.  Perhaps your goal is rather large and you need to break it down into smaller steps.  Or maybe there are a lot of little parts that make up your goal.  Create an action plan and check in with it on a regular basis to make sure that you are on track.  Review your goals throughout the year to make sure they are still relevant and make adjustments when necessary.

7.  Accountability.  Tell people about your goals.  Tell your friends, family, co-workers – this makes the goal more real and not as easy to back out of.  Then talk about it with them regularly.  Better yet, get an accountability partner, we do that!  We have several clients that we meet with weekly to go over their goals, set up a weekly action plan, review their weekly progress and help them to reach the next level.  It’s a quick 15 to 30-minute call each week, but it really helps keep you focused and moving forward.

8.  STOP Multitasking!    I mean it, stop watching tv, checking your phone, cooking dinner while you are reading this!   When you multi-task you are splitting your focus over several different tasks, causing you to lose focus and lowering the quality of your work.  It also takes longer to finish each separate task. So stop!  Learn to delegate.  Better yet, call us to help you offload some of your mundane tasks.

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So what are you waiting for?  Go get a pen, paper, and your phone.  Write down at least 4 goals for next year and then pick up the phone to call us at 630.858.5483 to see how we can help you.  Good Luck!