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:
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.
And for when you need some motivation …