Make The New Year Your Year of Success!

Make The New Year Your Year of Success!

Happy New Year

As we look forward to the New Year and review the one that is drawing to a close, can you with hand on heart say “Yes I achieved everything I set out to”? I suspect that like the majority of people you cannot.

 If this is the case, then make sure that you don’t fall into the same trap in the coming year. Now is the time to make your plans for the year ahead so that you can hit the ground running, straight after the Christmas and New Year festivities are over.

 There is a very true, if clichéd phrase “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail” and another “if you don’t know where you’re going, then any road will take you there”

 Both of these are true, how many times you have sat in your armchair and thought;

Wouldn’t it be great if… Or next year I’m going to…

I’ll leave you to fill in the blanks.

 The problem is that sitting and dreaming isn’t going to make it happen. No one is going to knock on your door with a sack of money or a magic formula for losing weight or the solution to whatever you’re wanting.

 There is someone however who can get you what you want, they have the ability and the power to turn all your hopes and dreams into reality and that person is YOU.

 The problem is that in order for you to get what you want, you have to take action. You also have to make some changes and take some decisions. And change can be scary.

 Remember if you do what you’ve always done, you get what you’ve always got!

 So make the decision today to make those changes.

Set goals, make them SMART

S         Specific – A specific goal will usually answer the five ‘W’ questions:

  • What: What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
  • Who: Who is involved?
  • Where: Identify a location.
  • Which: Identify requirements and constraints.

 M         Measurable – A measurable goal will usually answer questions such as:

  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished?
  • Indicators should be quantifiable

 A         Achievable – An achievable goal will usually answer the question How?

  • How can the goal be accomplished?
  • How realistic is the goal based on other constraints?
  • Do not set unrealistic timescales that will set you up for failure, it will only de-motivate you.
  • Goals should be stretching but able to be achieved.

 R         Relevant – A relevant goal can answer yes to these questions:

  • Does this seem worthwhile?
  • Is this the right time?
  • Does this match our other efforts/needs?
  • Are you the right person?
  • Is it applicable in the current socio- economic climate?

 T          Timebound – A time-bound goal will usually answer the question:

  • When?
  • What can I do six months from now?
  • What can I do six weeks from now?
  • What can I do today?
  • Set timescales and Milestones, so that you can check whether you are on track

 When you have set your goals for the coming year, start to look at the practicalities of how you intend to make them happen. Remember, you have the power and ability to do it. You may need some help and training, if there are areas where your experience or expertise are lacking.

 Don’t look at this as a failure on your part though; look at it as an opportunity to broaden your knowledge. Consider finding a mentor to guide you on your journey and seek out training to fill in the gaps in your knowledge and skills.

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