It’s January, which means it’s time to set your goals for the year to come. But we know that, more often than not, by the time it gets to February, all those good intentions have fallen by the wayside.
So what can you do to make sure you make your goals stick? Well here are five fool-proof ways to achieve your dreams.
First, set goals you actually want to accomplish. Too many of us allow the media, our teachers, our family or our friends to dictate what our goals should be without really think about what we want. Most of people more likely to achieve goals if we feel accountable but we still need to feel a passion for what we hope to achieve. One way to figure out what you really want in life is to write up a long list of goals — way more than you could ever truly accomplish. Keep writing every idea that comes to mind. Then, circle the ones that make you feel inspired.
Include big projects that you know you will want or will have to do. Creating a long list of goals that doesn’t take into account how much time you have is a recipe for disappointment, make sure you make space for your goals. Remember that your year is likely to have some number of unchangeable commitments; weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, moving house, work projects… Put those on the list so you have a full picture of what you need to get done, and so you can take “credit” for doing them – because it always feels good to tick things off your to-do list. You won’t know everything at this point, so leave yourself some wiggle room for the projects that inevitably pop up.
Make a realistic plan for accomplishing your goals. If your big goal for next year is getting a new job, what do you need to do in order for that to happen? You need to map out the steps to reach the goal. For each of your big goals start to brainstorm a few of the baby steps to get you there. Don’t forget to give goals to specific time periods, otherwise they are just ideas. Some will have fixed deadlines, while other goals could happen at any time. Pay special attention to those goals and assign a time period to them so you won’t procrastinate.
Create a system to review and update your goals. As you move through the year you will need to adjust your plans, don’t just assume that what you put into place now will still be the same come April, or even next week. New projects may pop up or existing projects may require more time than you realised.
Put together a powerful vision board. When you make a Vision Board, you get clear on what you want to create in your life. Seeing your board each day aligns your brain with the outcomes you most want to attract.
Science has proven the power of the brain and visualisation, in fact just check this out:
- Scientific studies reveal that when you visualise an action, you stimulate the same brain regions as when you actually perform that action.
- Medical studies prove that when stroke victims imagine moving a limb – even after it’s paralysed by a stroke – brain blood flow increases enough to reduce tissue death.
- One athletic study proved that visualisation enabled nationally ranked gymnasts to execute several complex tricks for the first time.
- Visualisation has also been shown to improve high jumpers clearing the bar! In other words, your brain can be trained to create outcomes you most want.
There is no denying the power of our minds and by focusing on what you want from your life you are far more likely to achieve it, so start taking powerful steps towards your authentic life!
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