It’s December again: the beginning of the end of the year. At this time of year a lot of my clients start to assess if they have achieved the goals they set back in the beginning of the New Year. Some people are celebrating the success of 2009 while others are trying to figure out why couldn’t quite meet their goals again this year. If you are in the latter category, don’t fret. There is always a chance to repair a broken goal.
The trick in meeting a goal is to always be conscious of how it is working for you. In order to do this you need to be willing to review and revise your goals throughout the year. Simply making the goal on January 1 will not give you the momentum and determination needed to actually complete the goal in a year.
When making a goal you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Is this goal reasonable and realistic for the time frame that I have chosen?
- Can this goal be broken into smaller parts?
- Am I willing to change and revise this goal throughout the year?
- Is this goal challenging to me?
- Have I created a goal that works with my strengths?
It is important to be realistic about the time frame you allot for accomplishing your goal. You need to look at your schedule and preferred working pattern to determine the best way to complete a goal. It’s not about doing it as quickly as possible so you can check if off the to-do list, it’s about listening to your body and creating a plan that works for you. Most of my clients who try to rush though their goals end up abandoning them out of frustration. Giving yourself the freedom to accomplish things the way you see fit will ultimately give you the momentum to get the job done.
If you have a goal you have been setting every January and it’s not coming to fruition, start asking yourself how you could approach it differently this year. People tend to create large goals for themselves and get caught in the overwhelm of the small details. Try breaking your large goal into smaller parts. The smaller, the better. As you accomplish these smaller goals getting to the big one feels less cumbersome and more natural. Be flexible with your goals. Give yourself time frames in which you want to accomplish the smaller goals. Then check the status of the goals every week or month and see if you need to make the tasks smaller. If you have completed them, create more goals that will add a challenge for you. If you are looking toward improving upon your goals and keeping yourself ahead in your business or career, make your goals challenging. When you add a challenge your learning is accelerated which can ultimately lead to a breakthrough professionally or personally.
It is also crucial to create goals that work for who you are. Concentrate on what you really want and the ways that you intuitively want to work. Creating goals that force you to work in ways that are not natural to you will decrease your chances of success. It’s not about following a formula; it’s about creating a plan that is built upon your individual strengths.