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Be more confident?
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Build rich and meaningful relationships?

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Accelerate your personal growth and development?
Facilitate purposeful, positive change?
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Plan Now for Success – New Years Resolution

By in News on January 1, 2012.

We often let one year roll into another without taking time to take stock and direct our lives more. With recent instabilities such as the Global Financial Crisis, weather patterns, earthquakes, Tsunami’s, floods etc., life can seem a bit chaotic and unstable and feel like we have little control. How about using this to your advantage by contemplating what can I do to create stability and what can I control? If there is external chaos can I make a conscious effort to aim for internal stability or calm? What choices can I make?

While New Year’s Resolutions are still fresh in our minds, now is a good time to make or review our choices. Reflect on the past year and the goals you have identified for this year. What achievements have I achieved? What Am I grateful for? What could I have done differently? What would I like to achieve now? And, if necessary, start planning or modifying how to achieve those goals.

Setting well formulated goals and strategies to enhance your chances of success is also a positive step to making sure you actually reach your goals. Ever wondered how can I improve my chances of fulfilling my New Year’s Resolution? Why didn’t I follow through on my resolution last year, or the year before that, or Why don’t I achieve these goals? What stops me or gets in my way? How can I make sure I do it this year? What could I do differently this year?

All good questions and you are not alone! Many of us contemplate these questions then often feel down or a bit weak or useless for not succeeding or achieving our goals. Below is a tried and tested method to help with planning and achieving goals.

SMART – R goal planning
To plan successful goals apply the principles below to your goal:

  • S Specific – clearly define what you are going to do – what you want to achieve. For example, instead of setting a goal to lose weight set a specific goal to lose 2cm off your waistline.
  • M Measurable – Make sure your goal can be measured so you can see the change occur. “I want to walk at a brisk pace for 20 minutes, three times a week”
  • A Achievable – The goals you set should be within your reach. A goal needs to stretch you slightly so you feel you can do it and it will need a real commitment from you.
  • R Realistic – Realistic means that the skills needed to do achieve the goal are available. Realistic goals may push your skills and knowledge but it shouldn’t break them. Don’t set the bar too high or too low. Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement and acknowledge your effort!
  • T Time Frame – Set a timeframe for the goal: next week, in three months, which gives you a clear target to work towards.
  • R Review – Set regular times to review your goals and progress and make changes to your plan if necessary using SMART to further clarify your goals to ensure success!

Other ways to further increase your chances of success is tell people about your goal, do it with a friend if possible or invest in a personal trainer/mentor. We do this for our physical health so why not for our mental health, happiness, and life satisfaction? We all know working with someone who provides professional guidance and motivation increases our chances of success. Generally one or two sessions can make all the difference and often all that is necessary.

 

  • Goals are dreams with deadlines.  – Diana Scharf Hunt
  • To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing. – Eva Young
  • Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. – Woody Allen
  • How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to? – Anthony Robbins

 

And for when you need some motivation …

  • Life is full of obstacle illusions.  – Grant Frazier
  • Life’s problems wouldn’t be called “hurdles” if there wasn’t a way to get over them. – Author Unknown
  • One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks. – Jack Penn
  • You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures. – Charles C. Noble


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