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Start the Year with a Bang!

Starting the Year with a bang!

Can’t believe that the end of another year has arrived…..Boy this one has flown past or is that just in retrospect to my ever increasing years of age! As I sit and contemplate what’s in store for 2015, I find myself experiencing the familiarity of “GOAL SETTING”, that awkward, uncomfortable feeling, that voice in our head that reverberates that word, ‘SHOULD’. I freely admit that in past years I too have spontaneously set random goals at the beginning of a new year (because that’s what we ‘should’ do) and then just as quickly forgotten them and not paid them any service. I wonder how many of us actually set out with all good intentions but then this thing called life takes over and we our back doing the same old.

We are creatures of habit

As humans we are creatures of habit and unless our goals have any meaning or significance we unconsciously continue with our daily lives. Over the past year I have learnt a lot as a Life Coach, and found that my previous attempts at goal setting were wonderful quests for life that inevitably got lost in the depths of my desk drawer. I now understand the planning that needs to accompany these goals but most importantly they must be in alignment with my highest values. By doing this my goals have passion, power and purpose and I am more driven and certainly more inspired to achieve them.

How to kick start your year

So what are your goals for 2015? Will your goals inspire and fuel you through the year? Want to know how to kick your Goals off with a bang? If the answer is YES, then here are my top 10 tips to successful goal setting and achieving the life you want.

  1. Carve out some time for yourself and find a place where you can sit comfortably without distractions.
  2. Have plenty of paper and coloured pens or texter’s (I find this gets the creative juices flowing and gets in touch with your inner child).
  3. Firstly create a list of all the things you want to do, be or have.
  4. Now create a list of your most important values, you know those things that you stand for as a person, for example family, personal/spiritual growth, community service, etc. whatever it is that gets that flame of inspiration burning inside of you.
  5. Then go back to your first list of what you’d like to achieve and cross of anything that doesn’t align with your values.
  6. Now you are left with goals that are truly meaningful to you. Decide on the time frame you would like to achieve these goals by, you can also sort these into short, medium and long term goals. Put a date on them.
  7. Take each individual goal and write down the steps you will need to take to achieve them – keep them simple, if too complicated you are less likely to action them.
  8. Have a look at the resources you may need to complete these steps.
  9. Diarise each step. Review your goals daily, weekly and monthly.
  10. Most of all have fun with it! Celebrate each goal achieved, and don’t forget things change so be flexible and adjust your goals accordingly.

 

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