Hello Family, it’s the 7th of February already!!!
We are a quarter into the 2nd month of 2019, the year is running pretty fast. How are you moving along accomplishing those goals for the year?
A few action points were suggested & I do hope you are looking to take appropriate actions to make 2019 that year that you nail your goals & aspirations.
A summary of these points are:
- Write 7-10 specific goals you want to achieve in 2019 with reference to the 10 domains. Just have like 1 goal per domain ( if possible)
- Get 2-3 critical goals that you’ll be lazer-focused on every quarter ( 90 days)
- Make sure each of your goals are in the Discomfort Zone.
Today, let’s look at the last 2 strategies of overcoming goal setting failures.
Keep track of your progress
It’s one thing to be specific about the goals to want to achieve this year but it’s another thing to start the journey towards it. The most important thing that guarantees reaching & achieving that goal is tracking & measuring it on a regular basis.
That’s why after the S (Specific) in the SMART goal setting technique, the next is M (Measurable). It’s very difficult to achieve a goal in which you cant measure progress.
One of the most lethal mistakes people make with goal-setting is failing to keep their goals visible & on-track.
I personally use technology to help me in this regard, using Evernote, alarm setting & calendar event scheduling on my phone, others might prefer to write it down in a notepad or on a vision board, but technology really works well for me.
No matter the tools or styles you adopt, the most important thing is that you need a plan to keep your goals visible, whether that means reviewing them daily, or weekly, or some other regular time.
“Out of sight, out of mind.”
If you only offer your goals the time, attention or focus you have
left over, you’ll never make meaningful progress. That’s why we need a clear plan to keep our goals visible at all times.
For example, if your goal is to write a book this year, then set a target to write a certain amount of words per day, per week or per month. Don’t worry about how you are going to do it or what challenges you will face, just set a clear plan & what to need to achieve it will come. It’s worked for me every time, clarity attracts resources.
Action Point #4
Decide how you will track your goals
Enlist the support you need
I’m always surprised when people try to achieve goals ALL ALONE. As human beings, we are not wired that way, we are social in nature. Everything that works in life is connected!! Think about this for a minute, you will realise that nothing stands on it’s own, so why do we always believe or try to go the distance alone?
Many of us try to achieve big, sweeping goals on our own and find ourselves discouraged or overwhelmed. A goal represents new ground, new territory & one of the best ways to get through the messy middle is through companionship.
I remember a friend who was trying to lose weight alone by running every morning before going to work. He got specific about what his new weight will be, bought all the running gear required & set his alarm to wake up early. The problem was that most times he will wake up, dress up & get out of the house only to take a nap at the gate. Doing it all alone with no support & encouragement wasn’t working, so I suggested that he & his wife should do it together & make it a fun aspect of their early morning ritual.
My brother-in-law has always been a sports freak & loves running a lot. A couple of years ago, he set a target to run a certain distance every morning irrespective of the weather or the condition of his body. I personally saw it as a huge task considering the weather conditions especially in winter, but he did it!!!
I observed him closely that year as I love to learn from other people. Even though he is a very determined young man & that helped him a lot, but he also surrounded himself with a tribe & community of like-minded people who shared in the same goal. With the help of that tribe, he ran every single day & posted it on social media from day 1 to day 365 of that year.
By working together we mutually reinforce positive behaviours & provide strength & encouragement to one another.
DON’T TELL EVERYBODY!!!
According to Derek Sivers ( Derek Sivers is an American entrepreneur best known for being the founder and former president of CD Baby, an online CD store for independent musicians) telling everybody your goals makes them less likely to happen.
It is because you get the psychological satisfaction of accomplishing
the goal without having to actually do the work.
The bottom line is that you should only share your goals with those who are actively committed to helping you achieve them.
Action Point #5
Find a supportive community or create a community to pursue your goals with.
To this effect, I have created a page on Facebook Shalomesq Snippet
One of the objectives of the page is to create vibrant communities that will help people achieve their 2019 goals by working with like-minded people.
If these posts have helped or inspired you, please head to the page & drop comments on what community you would like created & we can get started in earnest.
Are you ready to stick those goals in 2019?
This is my snippet…….. I AM SHALOMESQ