By Chantelle, Feb 1 2013 03:30PM
Motivation is the key to goal setting for the year ahead
Understand your motivation before you set yourself a new goal
The beginning of a New Year is often the starting point for setting new goals, both personal and professional. However, the statistics show that of the 40-50% of us who set a goal, 75% of us will have failed within the first week. Disappointment inevitably follows which leads to a sense of failure and the abandonment of the goal for the rest of the year.
If you really want to achieve that goal persevere with it. Just take stock of your life again. It is good to remember that any time of year can present a great opportunity for re-assessing our lives. Below are some easy tips for helping you on your way to achieving what you want.
Goal setting and more importantly goal achievement stands a far greater chance of success when you begin to understand the motivation behind the goal.
Listed below are a few easy tips for achieving success:
• If you don’t know what you want, spend some time thinking about what you don't want, but remember not to dwell too long on the negative. This will often help you to decide what you DO want as most often and obviously it is the opposite of what you don’t want.
• You can also spend some time understanding whether you are motivated ‘toward a desired outcome’ or ‘away from an undesired outcome’. This will also often give you some useful answers.
• Consider whether the benefits of achieving your goal outweigh the benefits of simply not doing anything.
• Who else will benefit from you achieving your goal? Think about those who are important to you as this will often help with your motivation.
• Is the desired outcome within your own capability? In other words, does the power to you achieving your goal rest with you or with someone else? If you think it is the latter, then you are likely to fail.
• Do take the opportunity to use all available resources to help you to succeed, that may mean sharing your goal with others, just remember to be discerning with who you share with and avoid the 'red lighters'.
• Does your goal fit in with your values and beliefs? Will you be happy when you achieve your goal or are you doing it for someone else? Remember to ensure that your 'ladder of success is leaning against the right building'.
• Understand that it is ok to change direction because sometimes on the way to a dream you get lost and find a better one. All action is progress, even if you don't achieve your original desired outcome. Consider it as a blueprint. I doubt anything got invented the way it was intended first time around.
• Ask yourself, ‘how will I know when I have achieved my goal?’ Visualise how it will look, feel and sound and capture that feeling. It will help to propel you towards your goal. Believe it is possible.
• No matter how big or small your goal, write it down and regularly evaluate it to chart your progress. If you prefer not to use words, use imagery that inspires you. A vision board is a great way to review your dreams and goals.
• Again, no matter how big or small the goal; break it down into small achievable steps which will make you feel good when you start reaping the benefits. Reward yourself along the way to continue to motivate you.
• Avoid making your goal too small or it will not be challenging enough, nor worthwhile and this may lead you toward apathy.
• Stay inspired. The thoughts that came to you about whatever it is you want to achieve did so for a reason.
• Inspiration often meets resistance as our unconscious mind aims to protect us from something unfamiliar. If you feel resistance, take it as a sign to keep going, you will feel so good breaking through that wall of resistance. This will strengthen your resolve to keep pushing forward.
• Remember that Martin Luther King Jr. said.... “You don't have to see the whole staircase to take the first step”.
• Have faith, recognise luck and food fortune when it comes your way and enjoy the journey.