Goal Achievement 2015 – How To Reach The Goals You Set in 201522 December 2014
In our last blog, we talked about how to set goals for the new year that will contribute to the rest of your life. Now it’s time to take action. While it’s not quite 2015, it’s never too early to start and there are preparations that can be done prior to the first of the year to help set you up for success early on.
Write down your goals: The physical act of writing down goals is the first step to putting power behind them. Using action words like ‘will’ gives each goal intention that can help to frame it in your mind. In addition, positive tonality is more motivating. Instead of focusing on things you won’t be doing in the coming year, focus on alternatives. For example, instead of saying, “I won’t procrastinate studying,” try something like, “I will follow up on note taking and complete assigned readings prior to each class.” Even a slight re-framing can alter the perceived goals from a hurdle to an asset.
Display your goals: This doesn’t have to be publically, just somewhere you will see and be reminded of them on a regular basis. Whether that be on your desktop, in your bedroom or right on the bathroom mirror, having a daily reminder of what you are working towards and your plan to get there is an important part in reaching your goals.
Make an action plan: Don’t get this step confused with writing down your goals – it’s very different. Action plans detail the step you will take toward reaching goals. Each step is meant to advance you in the process. Breaking down each goal by tasks can help to make things more attainable as it allows you little victories along the way. Give yourself a little mini celebration after each task is completed too, it’s a fun way to stay motivated!
Share with a support network: Making goals public can be intimidating, especially if they are incredibly personal, but having a few supportive people who can help to not only hold you accountable but to encourage you throughout the journey can be very helpful. Whether you choose to tell your family, friends, co-workers or fellow students, be sure they underestimate the type of support that is going to be most helpful. Whether that’s a words of encouragement or holding you accountable, these people can help to get you back on track if they see you straying.
Review: Be sure to keep checking back on your goals and evaluating your progress. This will be a good time to re-evaluate your next steps and how to best prepare for them. Whether you choose to review them weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, keeping your ‘eye on the prize’ will help keep you on track and moving in the right direction.
Feeling inspired yet? What goals are you considering for your future and what changes will you be making in 2015 to start yourself on the path? Share your tips for achieving goals in the comments below to help fellow Pioneer Pacific students on their journey as well! Good luck!