Happy December! With only a couple weeks left of this year, now is the perfect time to plan and prepare so you can hit the ground running in 2014 and blaze into success. What you do now is predictive of how your new year will start; I think it’s a misnomer that the beginning of the year is the time to set goals for what you want to accomplish throughout the year. This typically leads to starting but dying out quickly. Setting a goal is great; after all, it is the outcome you desire for some partt of your life. But just having a goal is not enough – you need to define all aspects of what it will take to get you there as well as being prepared for any roadblocks, either internal or external, that will arise.
Preparation is the key to action as it leads you towards your desire; you won’t be confused on what to do or where to go. Setting big goals sets the stage but taking massive action completes the scene, so to speak. If you’re ready to set 2014 on fire, here are 5 steps you can take right now to get you there:
1. Review this past year’s accomplishments – why they worked, what resources you used, support you received – and build off of those You want to rinse and repeat these activities. Challenge yourself to see how you could take that accomplishment and push it to a higher level; for example, if you spoke at a network meeting, go for a speaking gig at a conference or an event.
2. Likewise, review what you didn’t get accomplished or activities that didn’t work and review them to see if you missed opportunities, if you didn’t have the right market/resources/support, or if you allowed fears to get in your way. Determine if they are still important to you, as needs and desires can change, and let go of what no longer feels good. With those that are left, decide what you could do to make them work in this new year.
3.Set big, bodacious goals – really challenge yourself this year; this can be in regards to going for that promotion, taking the plunge and starting a business, or setting a money goal. Big goals need big actions to get them done so really stretch yourself – we usually can accomplish more than we think; you’ll never know if you don’t go so move forward and look at the bigger picture for what’s possible.
4. Banish the fears – we all have them – fear of failure, fear of not being good enough, fear of being rejected, etc.; even procrastination stems from a fear (usually includes one of those listed). Once you identify those thoughts/feelings that hold you back, you can do something to banish them forever. Challenge your thoughts and don’t allow yourself to perpetuate negative ones through your internal talk.
5. Get support – none of us can do it alone so get some help to review your goals and to keep you accountable to complete them. You might find a mentor, enlist the help of a family member of friend, or you might consider hiring a coach who can help you to think bigger, help you set and strategize your goals, and give you accountability and support.
One last step – NEVER GIVE UP! Set the vision, focus on it, and take a cue from Kaizen: small, consistent steps lead to good habits and to reaching those goals your way. If you follow these steps, you will have your plan set and will be ready to set the new year on fire!
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