Now is the time to reflect on what you did in 2017 and plan for what you want to achieve in 2018.
Let’s reflect first
If you want to achieve something you have to take action towards achieving it.
If you didn’t get the results you wanted in 2017, then plan to take action and do something in 2018 to move you towards your goals.
Don’t sit around waiting for the world to come to you – go out there and grab hold of what you want. To create new opportunities, you will have to do things differently and make changes – that’s OK, change is good.
Start by doing small simple things every day. Make changes by creating good habits. Good habits done daily will become second nature to you and be ‘just what you do’.
Think of some things you can do differently every day – right now – thing of some things and write them down!
Here’s a few things I’ve thought of or have worked with people that have made these simple changes every day:
Are your priorities still the same at the end of the day as they were at the beginning of the day or have things changed?
What are you going to achieve in 2018?
Now is the time to sit back and think about what you want to achieve in 2018. Take 30-60 minutes to write down whatever comes into your mind – do it now!
Look at the list you have just written.
Now look at one or two other goals you really want to achieve this year – focus on them. Ask yourself the same questions for these other goals. Now make a plan.
Know what you want
Know what outcome you want from each goal
Create an action plan for each of your goals
Be aware of what is going on around you – eg: how will you know if you are working towards achieving your goal, or just wasting time?
Read the signs, what is going on around you that tells and shows you that you are on track?
How will you know when an opportunity presents itself? Be prepared to utilise all opportunities that may arise.
Notice changes when they occur – take note and learn from experiences.
Whilst you need to create a plan and have a goal – don’t be too stringent upon that plan. Be flexible. In life things change and plans don’t always work out as you think, so don’t be fixated on doing it ‘your way’.
See the signs and go with the flow and change your approach if circumstances change or your plan moves.
Show your intentions
Tell yourself every day something that you are going to do to move closer to your goal.
See any obstacle or situation in a way that creates an opportunity for you to learn and understand more or to allow you to look at things differently.
Be responsible for your success, overcome obstacles when they arise. If you find yourself ‘facing a brick wall’, don’t stop - find a way to go around it or climb over the top.
It’s only a temporary obstacle. Be in control and don’t allow other things to get in your way, learn from those blockages or experiences and move forward.
Now, make those plans and start looking forward to the future you can create for yourself.
If you know you want to achieve something and are unsure of where to start, Corporate Leadership Coaching can help you gain focus and clarity around your goals, so make contact and let CLC help you.
Helen brings a wealth of experience gained over 20 years in Human Resources in Australia and overseas.
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