It’s a New Year, which means a fresh start and new beginnings. It’s a time when you consider your future. Consideration is about setting goals and creating a plan; so you can achieve success.
At the start of each New Year, we ask everyone at Red Executive to consider their top priorities for the coming year and write down their main goals. We then sit down as a team and discuss everyone’s goals and develop a plan on how to achieve them.
We do this by considering the following factors.
5 simple ways to set goals:
1. Be Motivated
Find something that motivates you and is your ‘raison d’être.’ If your work inherently motivates you, it’s easier to set and achieve goals than when you just ‘work’ without any focus or passion.
2. Write Out Goals
When you write your goals on paper, you can visualize them. Your goals become real and you better understand what needs to be done to achieve success.
3. Create an Action Plan
Take your goals and devise a plan on how to achieve them. Outline what you need to do and break it down into realistic steps. This helps you see what needs to be done to achieve it, opposed to a large goal that seems, on the face of things, impossible.
4. Tell the World
Tell everyone. Let people know what you want to achieve, why you want to achieve it and how you’re going to do it. This tactic provides accountability, allows you not to get side-tracked and puts pressure on you to achieve it.
5. Stick with it
The way you initially outline success does not happen exactly according to plan. There will be peaks and troughs. No questions. Don’t let the troughs discourage you and enjoy when things are going well, without becoming complacent. Be sure to review your goals regularly, to ensure you are on-task and on your way to success.
This is an important time to set goals and determine what you want to achieve. I hope this helps you understand what you need to do in order to achieve your goals and find success in 2017.
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This article was written by Martin Collins, Founder & Managing Director at Red Executive.