Start as you mean to go on? 7 Steps to Getting Started on Your Goals

You’ve heard the old saying, “Start as you mean to go on,” right? Here we are closing in on the end of January 2012. Did you start as you intend to go on? Was January your best month ever? Are you feeling confident that 2012 will be your best year ever?

Stop and think about it. Did you start 2012 as you mean to go on for the rest of this year? My sincere hope is that the answer is a resounding YES! But what if you’re shaking your head and wishing you could rewind back to January 1st and start this year again? Well, you can’t turn back time, but you can make a fresh start today. The year is still young. There’s time to plan to make 2012 your most fantastic year yet. But you need to get started. Don’t waste any more time!
The truth is simple: You are always working on goals. It’s your choice whether they are your goals or someone else’s. Have you been working on YOUR goals for the last 30 days? If not, get started!
7 Steps to Getting Started on Your Goals:
  1. Carve out 5-10 minutes each day this week to reflect on and write down what you want to accomplish this year.
  2. Work toward creating a list of the goals that matter most to you.
  3. Prioritize these goals in order of importance to you. (Don’t fall into the trap of trying to guess what other people think your priorities should be.)
  4. Create an achievement plan for each of your goals. Identify the benefits of achieving the goal, obstacles you’ll face and how you’ll overcome them, and detailed action steps with timelines.
  5. Decide how you will track your progress and who you will call upon to hold you accountable.
  6. Incorporate your action steps into your planning system. Whether you use a paper calendar/planner or an electronic calendar (or both), determine the best way to keep your goals AND action steps in front of you on a daily basis.
  7. Consider working with a coach to keep you on track (and help you with this process, if it seems overwhelming).
In order to move forward in a positive direction, you need clearly defined goals. Seeking and finding clarity is not easy, but it serves us well.
As always, if we can support you in your goal-setting efforts, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Have a productive week!

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