Have you ever set a goal, or maybe a new years resolution and NOT achieved it?
Statistics show that most New Years Resolutions are abandoned by the middle of January. How can you avoid being one of those statistics?
I’ve spent the last few years learning about goal setting and success, and what it takes to get where you’re going. This is what I’ve learned:
The problem with most New Years Resolutions (and most goals!) is that people set them, but then don’t have a PLAN for how they are going to achieve them…
A goal without a plan is just a wish
Having a plan is a vital first step to achieving any goal.
It’s NOT about having a massive “to-do” list that overwhelms you every time you look at it. That only leads to procrastination, visiting the fridge, and taking a nap (well, in my case anyway!!)
Each day, try to have no more than THREE items on your to do list, anyone can tick off three things, right?
When you have a big goal, it’s important to break your plan down into manageable chunks. Just putting “earn $1 million dollars” or “lose 20kg” on your to-do list doesn’t really help, it will only overwhelm you… Where do you even start?
Break your plan down into monthly and weekly tasks (or milestones) and take those weekly milestones and take action on them every day. Small actions, taken consistently, add up to success.
Each day focus on what you have to get done THIS WEEK, rather than focussing on the big goal, that might be 12 months, or 5 years into the future. Keep it in mind, but know that it’s the small actions that you take today that are important.
This way, your goal becomes measurable, you have targets each week and each month, you can monitor your progress, and if something isn’t working, you can change your strategy, adjust your plan.
The last tip for achieving your goals is to get support. You need to have people around you who will encourage you, support you, and hold you accountable. Too often those closest to us are NOT our biggest supporters, so its important to find people who are.
As a self-employed freelancer, it can be lonely! But setting goals and formulating strategic plans for achieving those goals, monitoring your progress and adjusting that plan if things aren’t working is one of the 5 pillars of building a successful business. Even a business of one person needs Leadership!
So, set those goals and New Years Resolutions, but please make sure you have a plan, that you can break down that plan into manageable, measurable monthly and weekly targets and actions, and that you surround yourself with supportive people who will help you on the way.
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