It’s not long to go now until the start of the New Year, 2015 here we come! To say I’m excited is an understatement. I love having a fresh start, being able to wipe the slate clean, to start anew and to really set myself up for success. I find it such an exciting time!
Having a goal gives you a purpose and something to aim towards; it helps to propel you forward and gives your life structure. Everyone need a reason to get out of bed in the morning, not just to work and earn money to pay the bills! Life’s so much more than that.
Many people spend more time planning their summer holiday than they do planning what they want to do with their life. Don’t let this be you in 2015. Even if you think you’re too old to change and you’ve too many other commitments; it’s never too late to make a decision about the future. Don’t be so busy living; you forget to make a life.
Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? Who do you want to be? These are fundamental questions you need to answer. If you don’t have a plan, then the control of your life gets taken away from you. Instead of deciding what your future should be, other people will make those decisions for you. If this has been you, then now’s the time to change!
Take the next few days to think carefully about what you really want. Write down all your dreams and goals. Even the ones you think are unobtainable. Write with the belief you can’t fail. If you want something to happen, you’ll make it happen. To quote from ‘The Secret’, “thoughts become things”.
I’m a massive believer in having BIG DREAMS and for going after what you want. But I also believe you need to make a plan to turn those dreams into reality.
To turn your DREAMS into GOALS! You’ll need to be SMART about it!
Specific – Be clear with yourself on what you want to achieve. Target a specific area of your life you want to see improvements in. This could be: -
Health: losing weight, quitting smoking
Fitness: running a 5K, going to the gym
Work: getting promoted, getting a pay rise
Financial stability: getting out of debt, having a saving plan
Relationships: family, friends
Whatever the area you want to improve on, make your goal specific. To do that you need to answer these five questions?
What do you want to achieve?
Why do you want to achieve it?
What will be the benefits of achieving it?
Who else needs to be involved?
What are the conditions and limitations?
The more specific you’re able to be when describing your goal the bigger the chance you’ll get exactly what you want, be as detailed as possible.