5 Powerful Realisations About Goal-Setting

When it comes to long-term goals, I’ve found I typically don’t accomplish what I set out to do because over time I lose momentum, focus and direction. I’m sure you can relate.

That’s why this year I’ve adopted a new approach of working in 90-day cycles to set action items with deadlines and scheduled regular check-ins to measure my progress.

I recently did my quarter 2 review and found it quite insightful. While defining my focus areas for the next little while, I looked at what I set out to achieve at the beginning of the year. Although I may not be where I want to be, I have undoubtedly made progress, which has made me realise 5 things about setting and achieving goals.

  1. Having a clear vision and focus works: If you don’t know where you’re going, how can you expect to ever get there? Being intentional is the only way you’ll see real results. While reminding myself of my goals, I have realised that I’ve made more progress than I thought. That never would’ve been possible without knowing what I’m working towards and having actionable tasks with set deadlines.
  2. Reflection is critical: As difficult as it is to set time aside to review your progress, looking at where you are, where you want to be and assessing whether you’re on track or not is so important. I have absolutely seen the benefit of making regular reviews a habit and urge you to at least give it a try.
  3. Any progress is progress: I may not be as far as I would like to be, but I’ve certainly made progress and for that I am proud. None of us can achieve our goals overnight, so incremental progression should be acknowledged and celebrated.
  4. Holding yourself accountable is key: I am responsible for my progress. My vision of where I want to be is only attainable if I put in the time and effort. At the end of the day, I am the only one who has the power to get me closer to my goal, and if I don’t then I live with the consequences. We all know how easy it is to make excuses, but making excuses gets us nowhere and we pay the price.
  5. You can’t do everything at once: As much as we’d like to have it all, it’s impossible to expect to be flourishing in every area of your life. Of course, this is the end goal, but being realistic about what is possible given your current circumstances is crucial. Choose key areas to focus on and have secondary goals to work towards, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you aren’t making as much progress as you’d like. Physical and mental energy are important considerations. Idle time is necessary to recharge.

We all have aspirations of what we want our lives to be and areas we’d like to improve to get closer to that ideal. Having a vision is important, but having a clear plan, tracking your progress and adjusting where necessary is the only effective way of actually achieving what you set out to do.

We’re halfway through the year – are you on track?

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New Year’s Resolutions – Expectations versus Reality

Whether we admit it or not, we all start a new year with high expectations and with that comes a whole lot of change. We’ve all been there – we start the new year with high hopes of what the coming months are going to be and how we’re going to be different this year. Better. As the weeks go by, though, we realise that this isn’t as easy as we thought it would be and we lose our motivation. This seems to happen every year!

But there’s so much information out there, how do you know what’s useful and what isn’t? To save you the trouble, I’ve scoured the internet to find the five most effective ways to ensure that you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions.

1) Be realistic – Don’t set unattainable goals for yourself. If you do, the chance of you actually achieving them is highly unlikely, which will just result in disappointment. So be realistic when setting your goals.

2) Write them down – Having your goals written down creates a sense of accountability. Keeping your goals somewhere visible will act as a reminder of what you’re working towards.

3) Limit your resolutions – Don’t bite off more than you can chew. If you try accomplish too much at once, you’re just setting yourself up for failure. Be selective with your New Year’ Resolutions and work on the ones that mean the most to you.

4) Stay positive – Don’t underestimate the power of positive thinking. If you believe you can, then you will!

5) Forgive yourself – Let’s be real, we aren’t perfect and we’re probably going to stumble along the way. That’s okay. Don’t let it discourage you. Acknowledge your slip up and use it as a lesson for moving forward.

I hope you found this useful, but either way, I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’ve also created a humorous YouTube video highlighting common New Year’s resolution expectations versus reality. You should definitely give it a watch.

Good luck for the year ahead. Remember that if you are determined enough, then you will succeed.