Master your Goals.
For most of us, goal setting is a mind field, lots of people struggle to set goals through fear of not achieving, setting them to low or believing that they are unrealistic. Here are some top tips to help you establish what is important, give you clear direction in all aspects of your life and provide the focus that you need to move forward.
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- IDENTIFY WHAT YOU NEED not just what you want. Yes, there is a difference! You might want to drive a fancy car, go on more holidays and be mortgage free however that often isn’t enough to motivate you on a daily basis. Success follows a series of daily habits that you commit to even on the days you just aren’t feeling it (yes we all have those contrary to what some might say) What is it you really need where you have an overwhelming feeling that failure is not an option. What is it that has the most impact on the here and now that will get you out of bed early each morning to work towards making that NEED goal a reality?
- WRITE DOWN YOU GOALS because research has shown that those who wrote down their goals accomplished significantly more than those that didn’t. Our brain cannot keep track of all of your goals and dreams so scribble your top 3 goals down as often as you can to reaffirm whats important and again encourage the high levels of activity needed to move you closer to your goals.
- SEEING IS BELIEVING… Have you made your goals visual? This coincides with writing down your goals but again it has been shown that what your mind can conceive it can achieve. We encourage visual goal boards which you look at daily. Feeling the feelings of those goals becoming reality. Remember though, your brain will not be activated by thinking small, we encourage you to dream big whats the worst that can happen?
- ATTACH EMOTION to your goals to keep you on track. As yourself regularly how it will feel when you achieve your goal, what impact that will have not only on your life but on the life of those around you but identify what the consequences are of not achieving. Remember when failure is not an option you will do whatever it takes to achieve.
- BE ACCOUNTABLE TO SOMEONE other than yourselves. We don’t always mind letting ourselves down but as humans, we aim to please and we don’t like feeling like we are letting others down so tell someone close to you your goals and what you are committed to achieving. Tell them your time frame and update them with your progress that way you are not in a position to hide, you have to be accountable to someone other than yourself.
- REWARD YOURSELF when you have achieved a goal, even the small ones. Sometimes we are so focused on achieving the bigger goals that we do not stop to recognise the small things that we have worked hard to achieve. Treat yourself to a coffee and a cake, or something that you have wanted for a while so that you know that your hard work is paying off.
- MAKE ME TIME A PRIORITY Research shows that 49% of women do not feel like they have enough time to themselves while less than 4% felt they had zero time. Taking time out even if it’s just 30 minutes each week to sit and reflect on your goals, review the progress you are making and realign yourself on what you are working towards will not only keep you focused but keep you sane too.
LASTLY, for those of you who are a mummy at some point, I’m sure that you will all agree we will be faced with ‘MUM GUILT’. This is because success often means sacrifice in some way and despite what you may try to believe you are not superwoman. If your children are at an age where they can get involved in goal setting, let them, its lots of fun. Do your goal boards together, identify what they want and explain why you are working so hard so that they understand. Keep them updated with how you are going and when you achieve your goal. There is something wonderful about showing your children that you can have it all as long as you’re brave enough to initially make the goal and then work hard to make that your reality.