We’ve heard it before, successful people set goals. That’s true. And successful people often fail more than most, sometimes spectacularly. But the difference is that after they’ve dusted themselves off, they emerge with a new goal.
It doesn’t matter what the goal is as long as it’s meaningful to you. Life’s too short, don’t sleepwalk through it! Or as Abraham Lincoln said, “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
I like to set goals and no I don’t achieve them all. But I have learned a couple things though that work for me. 1) Write your goals down and refer/update them often, at least monthly. 2) Tell people about your goals – it makes them real, makes you more accountable and enables people to help you achieve them. 3) Break a big goal up into smaller goals (a roadmap to the bigger goal). 4) Don’t have too many goals at one time but do focus on all the different areas of your life that are important to you – it won’t, and shouldn’t, look the same as anybody else’s.
And my last sage advice as you work on your goals for next year, it’s more about the journey than the destination! So, if you want to say lose 10 pounds, plan your journey in a fun way, not for example opting for an all cabbage soup diet for a month. You might get to the same place on a crazy diet but I guarantee you won’t be happy with the journey.
Happy Planning (an upcoming post will unveil some of my 2016 goals but I have to finish them up between now and Friday).