As we are on the brink of the new year I thought I would write about making and achieving goals. Some of the advice is based on trials and errors I have made over previous years and others are from books and articles I have read. Moving forward in to 2015 you can achieve almost anything you set your mind to, its just taking that first step towards getting there.
Making the goal/goals
Personally I have found that my goals have varied in size and length of achievement over the last few years. I have made some that are achievable in the first few months and others that will take the full year. Making goals of varying sizes has been very beneficial. It helps you with time management and it gives you a greater sense of achievement when half way through the year you can tick off some of your goals, whilst still working away at the biggest one. Be original with your goal making. Make a goal that you want to achieve for you.
Something to get you out of bed
This is something I read in a book once and certainly does not have to be contained to one year. This can be a lifetime goal, but the most essential part is the size. Creating a new years resolution or life goal to stop eating chocolate is far too minimal. As the phrase went 'You need to create a goal big enough to get you out of bed every morning'.
Knowing what you want to achieve is great but setting a timeframe will help you tenfold when it comes to breaking it down and working towards it every day. This is also something that I value very highly. If you work towards your goal/goals every day, even if it is just for an hour, you can look back on a year that has 365 hours dedicated towards one goal so just imagine if you do two a day or three!
Being Vocal about your goals
This for me, is one of the most essential ways to achieving your personal goals. Talking openly and confidently about your inner or personal goals can be extremely daunting for many reasons. Fear of judgement is a major one. You have to eradicate that fear of being judged. It can become a major player in your failure if uncontrolled.
Talk about your goal to everyone with passion and confidence. If it's hard for you to do so, do it with people who will listen and support you until you feel confident enough to tell anyone. Write your goal down multiple times. Post images around areas your visit regularly. Make it Tangible! Make it so that it feels well within reach.
'Doubt Kills More Dreams Than Failure Ever Will'
I always keep this quote in mind. Don't doubt yourself for a second. You will achieve your goals if you are true to yourself. Also if you are a quote lover or sometimes find inspiration from a good quote a nice idea is to get into the habit of writing any quote you see out and about down immediately, whether that's on your phone or a notepad or anywhere. Take a step every day (no matter how small) towards your goals and keep chipping away and you will get there!
There are days when you feel you are going nowhere. These do happen. You can not always be achieving massive leaps towards achievement but remember on these days you are still doing a lot more than a lot of others. Persistence is key.
Good Luck and remember
'The Lion on the Hill is not as Hungry as the Lion Climbing the Hill!'
'Song of the Week'