Setting…no, ACHIEVING goals

February 05, 2017

Setting…no, ACHIEVING goals

By Alexandra Blakemore

Daily we are being suggested to set goals and be our best selves. We may set off with gusto only to slip into familiar habits after time. Goal Setting is easy, it’s Goal Achieving that takes compliance to the steps along the way…but that’s all it is. As Nike so succinctly put it: ‘just do it’.

But, do what? Being specific is a critical element to success too. Whatever your personal or business goal is, be real about the prospects of achieving success. Here we set out some simple guidelines – don’t expect rocket science or a magic wand. Just commit to achieve!

Goal setting can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing in that it is great to get organised and list what you really want to achieve (and there is nothing like putting pen to paper to really cement what you want to achieve) and a curse if you keep not achieving them and feeling like a failure.
So, to help you feel energised and excited about achieving your goals, to follow are some proven tips to help keep you motivated and on track when it all seems too hard….

1. Realistic goals

Setting realistic goals is all about focussing on what is really important to you. There are so many things to remember and so many distractions in our busy lives that it’s easy to lose focus and forget what the real priorities are – even when they are priorities. And strangely, one of the main reasons that people don’t do what they need to do to enjoy more success and happiness in life, is that they actually forget.

2. How to break down your goals to mini successes
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time …..
I always think of this quote when it comes to goal setting. Setting a large goal without first thinking through your weekly or daily objectives and outcomes can be setting yourself up for disappointment.
Many goals can seem simply insurmountably big. Instead make yourself accountable to bite-sized steps. Unless you are able to appreciate and celebrate each small win or step, you are never going to appreciate the full impact of what you are actually accomplishing.

3. What does a stepping stone approach look like? ie: to lose 20kg set monthly, weekly goals
A timeline, while it might seem boring and a bit formal is always best when setting goals. This will help you to break down your larger goal into a series of stepping stones and also helps you to make your goal a focus. For example, I have to be out of work by 5pm in order to exercise by 6pm. I have to be in bed by 9pm to have enough sleep in order to be well rested before I exercise in the morning etc.

4. Be accountable
It’s really easy to make excuses. However unless you make yourself accountable for your own actions and goals, you won’t achieve your desired outcomes.
That said, make sure you are kind to yourself. If work was out of control one week and you couldn’t tick as much of your list, that’s fine. If work wasn’t busy and you simply couldn’t be bothered … well, that’s a different story.

5. Celebrate your mini successes as much you would celebrate your end goal
When you set mini or weekly goals, another benefit is that it makes it much easier to identify your successes and celebrate them! For me, the skip in my step when I achieve my mini-goal and also get to treat myself as a result, is a definite incentive to keep moving forward to the next stage of my big picture goal.

Alexandra Blakemore - CEO & Founder, French Navy and Co-founder, The Happiness at Work Program - a 30-day program devised to improve personal happiness and positively impact workplace productivity.

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