Setting both short and long term goals is a significant component for making progress and driving career success. It’s good to dream big sometimes breaking down our goal into more biteable chunks can be a less overwhelming way to get there. With a new year on the horizon, we have put together a shot guide to help you create clear and actionable goals to achieve success in 2020.
Visualise your End Destination
The concept of using our subconscious mind for visualising and achieving goals is a powerful one. By visualising yourself reaching your goals, how you feel when this happens and how this success will change your life means that you are constantly reminding your brain of what you want in life and what you need to work towards.
Discover Your Ambition Driver
Many people fail in their goals due to a lack of motivation. To be motivated to achieve your goals, you need to be clear on the reasons you want to reach them in the first place. The easiest way to know this is, to elaborate on your goal list. Write down why you are inspired to achieve these goals and keep those reasons close at hand so you can re-read them if you are finding your motivation lacking.
Use the SMART principle
The SMART principle is Specific – Is the goal focused? Measurable – Can it be determined whether you achieved it or not? Action-oriented – Have you specified the action that you need to take? Realistic – Is it an attainable goal? and Time-bound – Have you set a deadline?
Schedule Periodic Check Ins
Setting your goals at the beginning of the year is the first action but it is essential to review how you are performing on those goals throughout the year. Assess if you are progressing well or if you may need to re evaluate some of your short-term goals. Unforeseen situations may arise that may impact your deadlines and you may need to make changes to your original goal list.
Believe in Yourself
One part of achieving success in your goals is to trust that you have the essential skillset to accomplish them. Don’t let self-doubt get in the way of your success, reading back over your detailed reasons why you have created these goals will also boost your confidence as well as your motivation.