The year is almost over, or is it? It’s not too late to achieve goals. Now is the ideal time to re-align yourself and get back on track.
So here we are, October. Winter is forgotten as we embrace the warm, sunny days of Spring and Summer ahead. We are also only weeks away from Christmas. How incredibly exciting, and scary, is that? Where did this year go?
I’m sure I am not the only one that feels there’s so much still to accomplish this year. Don’t get me wrong, I have achieved a lot already, but I need the year to be longer. This time of the year is where we, as individuals or businesses, have to be multi-focused; which means we have to achieve this year’s goals and objectives, while at the same time, start planning for the next year.
In order to start the New Year feeling refreshed, re-energised and ready, you need to know where you are heading. By only starting your planning in the New Year, you lose valuable time. The question is, how do you stay on track?
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This is a regular talking point for me, so I would like to share these five tips with you:
1. Have laser-sharp focus and accountability
If you do not focus on your ‘bulls-eye’ all the time, you will become so distracted, that you will not achieve anything. Successful people know exactly what they need to do every day and this is aligned with their bigger objectives. There might be many different distractions popping up and this is where your discipline to stay focused needs to be applied.
2. Clearly define your goals and what success means to you
Understand where you, as an individual or within your company, want to be over a long-term period like 5 years. Understand what you need to do, to achieve your bigger picture and then break it down into smaller, more achievable yearly goals.
Your yearly goal should be broken down into a quarterly focus that will keep you motivated and accountable; because you know what you are working towards and where you are going.
3. Understand who you need to become to achieve your goals
This is extremely important. Who do you need to be, to achieve your goals? A stronger leader? A better speaker? Better at financial understanding? Whatever that is, you need to do that first.
Become the person who deserves the results and the results will follow. Time spent understanding what habits and skills you need to learn, unlearn or re-learn, will have a massive impact on your success.
4. Find your ‘success’ team
No one can do everything by themselves. You will need a team. Whether it is people supporting you, coaches and mentors helping you, or even just friends and family, every successful person needs a team.
Understand who you need to align with to achieve your goals; and if you don’t have the right people in your team, you need to find them. Once you have clarity on what your goals are and who you need to be, building your team becomes easier.
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5. Measure your progress and reward your success
We have all heard about smart goals that have to be measurable, and I cannot stress enough how important this is. You have to know what you are measuring, what tools you will use to measure your progress and then set rewards for yourself and your team helping you.
It is important to reward yourself for achieving the short term goals, because this will keep you on track and motivated. No matter how big or small the reward is, it is imperative that you celebrate and reward your achievements.
It is okay to re-calibrate and adjust if you went off course this year. It is better than staying off course forever, like so many people do, when they have lost sight of the bigger picture.
A life lived with purpose and meaning is so much more rewarding than settling for second best and mediocrity. Good luck for the rest of 2016.