It’s December again: the beginning of the end of the year. At this time of year a lot of my clients start to assess if they have achieved the goals they set back in the beginning of the New Year. Some people are celebrating the success of 2009 while others are trying to figure out why couldn’t quite meet their goals again this year. If you are in the latter category, don’t fret. There is always a chance to repair a broken goal.
The trick in meeting a goal is to always be conscious of how it is working for you. In order to do this you need to be willing to review and determination needed to actually complete the goal in a year.
When making a goal you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Is this goal reasonable and realistic for the time frame that I have chosen?
- Can this goal be broken into smaller parts?
- Am I willing to change and revise this goal throughout the year?
- Is this goal challenging to me?
- Have I created a goal that works with my strengths?
It is important to be realistic about the time frame you allot for accomplishing your goal. You need to look at your schedule andoning them out of frustration. Giving yourself the freedom to accomplish things the way you see fit will ultimately give you the momentum to get the job done.
If you have a goal you have been setting every January and keeping yourself ahead in your business or career, make your goals challenging. When you add a challenge your learning is accelerated which can ultimately lead to a breakthrough professionally or personally.
It is also crucial to create goals that work for who you are. Concentrate on what you really want and the ways that you intuitively want to work. Creating goals that force you to work in ways that are not natural to you will decrease your chances of success. It’s not about following a formula; it’s about creating a plan that is built upon your individual strengths.