Hey blog family, Stacy here with a few tips to make sure you get what you want out of 2011 for yourself. I want you to ask this question: “Am I where I thought it would be at this point in 2011?” If the answer is “no”, I hope to help you get over that hump and make the rest of 2011 a swimming success!
First of all, if you answered “No” to my little question, what happened back in January or last December that has you answering “no” right now in the middle of February? I think Thomas Edison said it best?
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
To Get back on track – you need to set goals…and it’s HARD work!
Yes, it is hard work…but here’s a 7-step / 7-day path to getting you on the right track. It was given to me several years ago by my mentor, Tom Davis, the President of Children’s Hopechest and I pass it on to you. Here we go!
1. Get clear about what happened in 2010!
You can only build on success. That’s where momentum comes from. Whether depression, sadness, or fruitfulness and happiness, you’ve got to learn from the past to look forward to the future. What were the decisions that shifted things in 2010 including in health, business, and relationships?
What were the magic moments of 2010? What did you accomplish? What are some things you want to duplicate? What would like to repeat? What great things would you like to carry over?
What was frustrating in 2010? What did you hate? What was disappointing? What do you not want to duplicate? What made your life weak when you settled for lower expectations? What did you learn from these experiences? What was painful, but valuable?
2. Get certain!
If you’re going to change anything, certainty must drive your decisions!
Write down as many things as you can think of that are in your life today that use to be goals. Is there somebody in your life today you didn’t think would be there? Do you have things now you used to dream about? We forget that if we can dream about anything, we can make it real. What was the dream that’s now reality?
Now, circle two or three things that seemed impossible or difficult in the past. How did you accomplish it? There is something connected with your ability to decide and the results that occur. Learn from you past successes.
3. Get excited.
Energy is the force that makes life work. Let go of your fear and get your hopes up. Take ten minutes and write down everything you wish to do, to master, to help people, in personal development, or your spiritual life. Maybe it’s writing a book, becoming a public speaker, starting a nonprofit, or going on a trip.
What do you want to see happen in your life? How do you want to give your life away? What do you want your life to look like? Write as fast as you can without thinking.
4. Get focused.
Now, circle all of your top goals. Which of these will I achieve in 1, 5, 10 and 20 years? What are the top 4 one-year goals you will achieve? What will get you up early and keep you up late?
Now write a paragraph as to why this is a must for you. Reasons come first, answers come second.
5. Get committed.
Now that you are focused on these four goals, schedule some action. The big question is, “What are some things you need to do right away to move toward this?”
Never, never, never make a goal without taking some action in the next moment of attainment. People make goals and never look at them again. When you are ‘focused”, make a decision! Do something in the moment.
6. Get momentum.
What’s the hardest part of working out? Getting to the gym of course. The first step is always the hardest.
Think of one of your goals. What’s one of the most important things you want to accomplish in 2011? What will give you more joy than anything else, and how can you give more to the people you love?
Change happens in a moment. The second you say, that’s it, I’m doing it. I’m completely out of shape, so I’m going to walk for 30 minutes a day. Don’t wait for the right shoes or the right time, do it now! What’s one small thing you can do to make a step toward your goals? If you were serious about changing something big like your career, or time off, what’s the big step that would commit you?
7. Get smart.
Make sure you follow through. Set up a system of measurement. Write it down and create a strategy. Keep that strategy in front of you at all times so you can track your progress. You can’t manage something you can’t measure. Knowing someone’s going to call and follow up, gives you that edge you need to succeed.
Check it once a month, and you get twelve times to make it better. Once a week now you have 52 chances. Once a day, it’s going to happen! Get a system or hire a personal coach, the accountability is worth it.
So, yea, follow these 7 steps over the next 7 days and set yourself up to win in 2011. Drop us a comment and let us know how it goes. We’d love to hear your story of personal goal setting. Follow us on Facebook and be sure to sign up to our eNewsletter for more helpful blog tips.