Do you struggle with your goals?
You’re not alone. I recently found a list of goals I wrote on December 31, 2007. Here it is almost 9 years later and guess how many of those goals did I achieve?
A big fat zero!
So you might ask yourself,
“why the heck should I read any further? There’s nothing this woman can teach me about goal achievement.”
To that, I would say…WRONG!
Now listen. We are exactly one month from the big “Make a resolution” day. You may know it as New Year’s Day. And if you’re one of the 62% of Americans 1 that make a resolution – stay with me. I’m going to give 3 tips on how to achieve your goals.
Review your current life choice. Review your decisions. Your decisions must support your choice. Your goal must be aligned with your choice.
When I made my resolutions – they were career goals. What I didn’t consider, however, was the fact I was about to embark on a new career of Flying the Friendly Skies. Yep, that’s right, I set goals related to my marketing /editorial vocation – and then I took the skies of United Airlines.
I chose to see the world. More than 20 countries and 8 years later; I landed back on terra firma. In doing so, I didn’t achieve the goals I set in 2007, but I did accomplish a few undeclared goals as a result of my temporary career change.
A lot of us make goals, but we fail at achieving them because they’re not aligned with the path we choose. Although I didn’t realize at the time, I had a different vision for my life.
So remember with any plan, the goal is a part of the life you envisage; a mental picture of something not yet existing or known.
Picture how your life looks once you achieve your goal.
Now that you have a picture in your mind; write the story. Use the plotline format, if it helps.
- Who is the protagonist?
- What is the problem?
- How will life look once the challenge is overcome?
For example The Fugitive (1993)2
Who: Dr. Richard Kimble
Problem: Unjustly accused of murdering his wife; now the target of a nationwide manhunt.
Goal: Must find the real killer to clear his name and gain his freedom
OK, maybe your goal setting isn’t that dramatic – but when you see it in those terms, it becomes something real, tangible and definitely achievable.
Stay focused on your goal so you can achieve it
Plotting your strategy and tactics will help chart your course.
Voila, before you know it –you’re one of the 8% of Americans 3 who are actually successful at achieving your New Year’s Resolution.