How to achieve your goals?
It’s already 3 weeks into 2022. Time flies, right? January is a great time for setting intentions and goals we want to work on during the year.
Are you being intentional about what you want this year to bring you? Do you know what you want to achieve, manifest or create?
You are? That’s great! Well one for showing up for yourself and taking a lead in your life.
Key thing to achieve your goals
In order to succeed in achieving your goals, there is one important thing you need to increase your chances.
Let me explain what it is on a study that was done by Harvard Business School:
In 1979 interviewers at Harvard Business School interviewed their MBA graduates and asked them one simple question: “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” Ten years later they went back to that same group and found that 3% of them were earning 10-times as much as the other 97% of graduates put together. What do you think was the biggest difference?
The group of 3% of graduates had clear, written goals and plans to accomplish them from 10 years earlier.
Quite simple, right? Do you feel like giving it a try this year?
putting it into action
Follow these 4 simple steps to get you started on writing your goals and creating a plan:
Step 1: Write them down - start small and write down 1 or 2 goals that you want to work on this year. Perhaps it’s gaining more confidence, having a better work-life balance or being more confident speaking up in meetings. Write them into your journal, word document on your computer or any place else that works for you.
TIP: It helps to create SMART goals that are clear and motivational for you to stay on track. Check out my post on what SMART goals are and some examples that can help you.
Step 2: Create your definition of done - imagine it’s the end of the year and you have achieved your goals. How will you know that you have done it? How will you feel / what will you see or have in your life that will tell you that you have achieved your goals? It’s important to be clear about this, as it will help you track progress and recognise when you have reached your ‘final destination’.
Step 3: Plan - Break your goals down into specific actions and small steps that will help you get closer to achieving them. Plan them in your calendar each week or month. For example, if you want to be more confident speaking up at work, set your intention to regularly practice speaking up in meetings, for example - make at least 2 contributions in each meeting, share your ideas, ask questions or present whenever you get a chance.
Step 4: Stay consistent - make your goals visible to you to be reminded of them, for example have a picture that represents what you want as your screensaver, or use the word that describes it as your password, get creative. At some point they will blend into your weekly routine and become part of your life.
To increase your chances of achieving your goals, it’s important to have them written down and have a clear plan on how you want to achieve them. Start small and keep it simple.
The 4 steps above will help you get started and put it in practice. Are you going to try? Let me know below.
You’ve got this! May this be the best year for you so far.