Your Best Year Ever ~ Goal Setting for 2011
Step 6 ~ KEEPING ON TRACK
Congratulations you have finished your best year ever process. Just for a moment consider how much time you have just spent creating the coming year the way you absolutely want it. My guess is about 1 -2 hours and that is probably 1 – 2 hours more than most people you know have invested in creating the coming year as they want it.
So now it is time for you to take action in the doing, the being and the having. You want to make sure it becomes a reality. Consider with whom you share what you have written. For many people the best time to discover what your goals are is when they see you achieve them – you know; the cynics who will mock you, and make you doubt your ability to achieve them. Instead, share your goals only with those who will support you, chivvy you along, encourage you, and congratulate you on your progress.
Remember there will always be uncertainty, the coming year will be as uncertain as last year and every year to come will be. They will always be uncertainty in our lives. The secret is to act with certainty in everything you have written down.
Give up the all-or-nothing, only-perfection-will-do approach.
Avoid becoming obsessed. Not many of us have a 100% hit rate so there may be times when you set a goal and you end up making a mistake or your goal doesn’t work. It’s really not the end of the world. At this point you have a choice: you can get all flustered, beat yourself up and go back to wandering about without direction – or you can learn from the experience and move on.
You can’t break a resolution by messing up just once or even several times. Whenever you notice you’ve gone a bit off-course get back on-track by shifting your actions to get you back on course. Keep it simple: Pay attention. If things aren’t working try something different. Correct your course.
What will be your milestones for keeping track of your progress?
- When you see yourself making progress what will you do to reward yourself?
- What will you do to celebrate your success when you achieve your goal?
- Assuming we all have some way of holding back or sabotaging success, what would be the way you might do this? (For example: procrastination, arrogance, believing it can’t be done, not saying ‘no’, indecisiveness, being too proud to ask for help
- When you notice yourself doing this, what will you now do instead?
- Goals are easier to achieve when you have a support structure in place. Which support structure will you put in place this week to make these goals fun and easy?
..Ask colleagues and family for support, and to check on how it’s going
..Join up with someone else who has the same goal
..Join a club or network group
..Find a training programme to give you the skills
..Set up a coaching programme with a good coach
..Find a mentor to guide you, support you and hold you accountable
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