Six Top Tips For Achieving Your Goals In 2017
It’s that time of year again – 2017 is fresh and new and it’s time to take stock and to work out what you want to achieve this year and beyond.
If you’re serious about achieving your goals, then a well-meaning “New Year’s Resolution” won’t result in success. I believe that goal setting is critical if you want to set yourself up to succeed.
I know other business leaders who have planned their career moves 10 years in advance. In today’s fast changing work environments and the incredible speed of innovation, it’s hard to imagine what 2027 will look like. But one thing is for sure, if you stay still, your world will largely be what it is today. Is that what you want?
So my six tips for getting to where you want to go are:
- What excites you? If you don’t have passion, you don’t have anything. Break your goals into four areas – finance, health, career, family. Identify what passions you have in each area. Stay away from setting goals because you ‘should’. If you’re not genuinely committed to visiting the gym four times a week, you’ll end up paying lots of money for something you weren’t passionate about to begin with. Challenge yourself to set goals that excite you and push you to achieve – both in and outside of the office.
- Write your goals down. This is critical. Be specific and realistic. Start with the long-term goal and then break it down into manageable bites. Put your goals away for a couple of days and come back to them for a sense check. If you’re looking to take a step up in your career, research which business sectors open up opportunities to fulfil your goals and work out a plan of how to engage with them. Go after a specific company or job type, not just ‘a new job’.
- Regularly review. Log your daily/monthly plan on your phone or into your diary, to make sure you stay on track. There are some really good goal setting diaries on the market which make it easy to track your achievements. If you prefer to keep things digital, choose an app.
- Don’t beat yourself up – While your long-term plan is likely to stay the same, the milestones may need tweaking if there is a change in your lifestyle or demands on your time. Be realistic if your roadmap needs adjusting. Change the plan, but never the end goal.
- Celebrate success: Every target and milestone you hit is a success so celebrate.
- Surround yourself with a support team. As I’ve worked through the ranks I’ve realised the importance of surrounding myself with a great team of people. Working alongside other passionate achievers will help you realise your goals. Don’t underestimate the role your spouse/partner, friends and family will play in helping you along the journey to success, and always consider how your goals will affect them.
While working hard towards your goals is important, don’t forget to have fun along the way.
Brendon Skipper is CEO of realestate.co.nz
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