New Year’s resolution ideas can hang in the air, floating just out of reach, or you can turn them into goals that you’ll feel energised and motivated to achieve! If the latter sounds good to you, keep reading!
We spoke to Linda Murray of Athena Coaching who offers ten tips on staying the course in 2019 to achieve and exceed your professional goals.
Start with Self-Assessment
Successful sports people and their coaches know you can’t move forward until you know exactly where you are in the game. That’s why they spend so much time reviewing their game plan and performance before they prepare for the next match. It should be no different for any of us who have a goal in mind.
The process of self-assessment is a vital part of defining your way forward. It’s a process which builds skills you’re going to use all your life. It reinforces the mindset which tells you that you can improve, learn more and develop new skills. In other words, it reminds you that you can change; your current situation or abilities do not limit you.
Self-assessment also builds your resilience because you learn to reflect on strategies and techniques you’ve used in the past and choose how to apply them to your new challenges or directions.
Make a Plan
If you haven’t worked out where you want to go, you won’t get there.
I can’t emphasise enough the importance of setting goals. This is where your New Year’s resolution ideas start to take shape.
If you haven’t done it, set aside some time to think about where you want to head. Write it down. Describe your perfect future. Brainstorm with yourself – don’t set limits. Just write it all down. Research has shown that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals simply by writing them down.
Once you have written them down, it’s time to work on your game plan.
- What do you need to do to get started on your new path?
- What skills do you need?
- What experience?
- What support?
Moreover, importantly, where will you get these things? Remember you’re designing a strategy and it probably won’t take you instantly to your goal. It’s a process – a journey. Be patient. You are planning the best way to position yourself to take a step closer to your goals.
Set Realistic Expectations
When setting goals, it’s important to keep realistic expectations, especially if your goals will require months or years of effort and hard work to achieve. The best goals are those that prompt us to grow.
They cause us to reach just outside of our comfort zone and skill level. They require some effort to achieve but are neither too difficult or easy to accomplish.
When setting medium range and long-term goals, keep your motivation high by breaking larger goals into smaller ones. This allows you to more easily measure your progress and take corrective action if you need to along the way.
Define Your Why
When defining your goal, it’s important for you to understand your true reason for setting the goal in the first place. Where did these New Year’s resolution ideas come from? Important questions to ask yourself are why does this goal matter to you?
What do you hope to accomplish? What is the true, “higher” purpose that you are working towards by setting this goal?
Defining your why and keeping it at the forefront of your mind, will help to strengthen your resolve as you push towards your goal.
Another way to strengthen your resolve and make it easier to achieve your goals is to recruit an accountability partner. Enlist the help of a close friend, mentor or coach with which you can share your struggles and wins.
Simply having someone to listen to you is invaluable for remaining motivated over the long term. An accountability partner can offer you unbiased insight and advice, but most importantly they will encourage you and spur you on when your energy levels fall, and your motivation begins to flag.
Hold Monthly Success Meetings with Yourself
One way to remain enthusiastic about your goal is to hold yourself accountable on a regular basis. Hold regular monthly meetings with yourself to review your performance.
Reflect on the progress that you’ve made towards accomplishing your goals during the past month. Have you had any big wins? Or Setbacks?
What could you have done differently to make more progress? Is there anything that you’ve learned in the past month that will help you as you move forward?
As you wrap up your monthly review, don’t forget to set yourself up for success for the next month. What actions do you need to do, moving forward, to achieve your goal? Focus your attention and effort on those smaller goals to help you remain motivated and advance your cause forward.
If you’ve ever watched nature shows, you’ve probably seen how persistent an animal can be when hunting another. It’s amazing how strong a motivator hunger is. If you’re hungry for your goal, you’ll fight for it. Persistence needs discipline, and discipline is a habit. Set up routines to remind you to keep your eyes on your goal or track your progress. Persistence is about not quitting. Those habits will help you keep going.
Nothing goes 100 per cent to plan no matter how carefully you prepare. It’s important to be adaptable so you can change tack when you need to. People who can’t adapt will be left stranded with nowhere to go. There are many roads to your goal. Be prepared to take a different route if circumstances change.
Take advantage of your natural energy cycles to help you reach peak performance. Pay attention to the way your body and mind performs during the day. There will be peaks and troughs in your energy levels.
For example, are you a morning person? Then plan your important tasks for early in the day. When you identify your best times, you can take maximum advantage of your energy levels. Working ‘in the flow’ is much easier than fighting it.
Successful people can bounce back after a setback. They know it’s a temporary thing and won’t have lasting consequences. No matter how bad they feel at the time, they understand the feeling will pass. Instead, they look for the learning they can pull from the situation and give it a positive result.
You may need to remind yourself to look for the positive in your setbacks, but the more you do it, the stronger your resilience will become.
Are you ready to take the next step towards success? Get these attitudes and behaviours in place and off you go. Your New Year’s resolution ideas can come to fruition in 2019!
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