7 Ways to Create Your BEST YEAR EVER in 2021
We’ve rung in the New Year now for 2 weeks. Are you on track with your resolutions? If not, we have some tips on goal setting that will help you achieve your ambitions.
When setting goals:
- Be Specific – the more clearly defined the better success you will have in achieving them. Specific success parameters takes dreams out of la la land into reality. There needs to be a clear path to how you will achieve your goals. Have a clear distinction between Achievement goals (one time accomplishments) and Habit goals (have a start date, figure out frequency, what time of day it will happen and then streak target before it becomes second nature.)
- Make Them Measurable – seeing your progress is rewarding and creates a positive emotional response. Chart your progress and be cognizant with how close you are staying on target. Set milestones along the way to help yourself.
- Use Actionable Words – avoid state of being verbs instead, use action verbs like: finish, eliminate, run, etc. Lead with an action verb. Finish writing a chapter per week. Journal daily for 10 minutes. Etc.
- Be Risky – don’t set the bar too low. People are more driven to avoid losses then achieve gains. Easy goals do not inspire. Aggressive goals create sustained enthusiasm and higher levels of performance. People rise to a challenge (struggle keeps you engaged) but hold back on easy goals. Fear, uncertainty and doubt are inherent in this. Know the difference between discomfort and delusional zones.
- Be Time Bound- identify whether you’re trying to accomplish a habit or achievement goal. Make sure you lay out what, who, and by when.
- Be Exciting- your goals have to inspire you and coincide with your “why.”
- Be Relevant – goals have to align with legitimate needs and values for your life- this is about you not others. Your goals need to align within themselves. You don’t want goals that conflict with each other. Do not fall into the trap of having too many goals.
Many experts recommend 8 to 10 goals per year, with 2 to 3 major deadlines/goals per quarter.
As with all new things – try this as an experiment vs. a commitment. It helps with buy-in when you are not sure.
You should also try setting goals with loved ones. Ask your spouse to review and then discuss the goals you would like to accomplish. Set goals for the two of you to accomplish together.
Identifying your WHY is key to achieving goals.
- Identify your motivations- what are the top 3 motivations per goal. Extrinsic motivations are far less effective than internal motivations. Why does it matter? What’s at stake?
- Internalize your key motivations- you need to connect intellectually and emotionally with your key motivators. You must have a motivation that you care about. Get started. Starting gets you excited. Progress is important to stay the course but you have to start!
- Success is greater- when your community is drawn in to support you. Tell others what your goals are so they can cheer you on!
Breakdown big Goals into Bite Size Steps- take your annual, quarterly, and weekly goals and break them down into objectives. Most people can complete 3 critical steps to work toward a goal daily.
Should You “Eat the Frog” First? No. Stay in your comfort zone to START a goal. This makes it easier to build momentum. It is so much more important to get going otherwise procrastination sets in. All you need to see to stay on track is the next step.
Have a successful 2021 and good luck reaching new heights of achievement!
- Keep Your Goals Top of Mind- out of sight out of mind. By regularly looking for next steps you are keeping your focus daily. Read your annual goals every day. Remind yourself of what can be done that day toward your objectives. DO IT DAILY!
- Program Your Autopilot- set up habits to review goals daily. It will become a habit (oh look a habit goal). You can then decide on next steps routinely. Use activation triggers. For example, put your gym clothes out the night before. Use things that remind you, easily, of your goal to help you achieve it.
- Adjust as you go- a weekly preview of your schedule is the compass to keep you on track. Review key motivations in weekly planner. Keep your WHY in front of you. Do a review for the week too, so you can celebrate successes, assess your progress and change course if/where necessary.
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