A new year is upon us. We look at the year ahead with fresh eyes, with optimism, and for many of us – we set goals for what we want to accomplish.
We have all set goals that we didn’t accomplish; we have all set goals that didn’t really even get off the ground. Here are a few simple ideas that will move you further towards achieving your goals.
Get focused. Don’t complicate your goal setting by choosing too many goals, focus on a few meaningful goals that you are committed to working towards. Better to achieve a few strong goals than to make lesser progress on many goals and achieve none.
Get specific. Drive out the details of how you will achieve each of your goals. Define the steps and the sequence of activities that will be required. If you visualize the steps required to achieve a goal rather than outcome you will be three times more likely to not get stuck and fall short of your goal.
Last but not least…
Get started. Leverage the Zeigarnik effect. A Russian psychologist discovered that activities that have been started but not completed get lodged in our minds and will only disappear from our active memory once they are completed. This is a very powerful method to overcome procrastination. Just getting started could mean the difference between success and failure.
YOUR CHALLENGE THIS WEEK: Write a letter to yourself that you will open one year from now. In this letter congratulate yourself for your accomplishments, for your successes both personally and professionally. Place in a sealed envelope that you can open one year from now.