1. The first step is looking back. What happened last year? What was the best thing that happened? What was the worst? What could you do better? What held you back?
2. Next step; look forward. Visualise this time next year. Where do you want to be sitting? What do you want your life to look like? Be specific.
3. Now break it down into what steps you need to accomplish to achieve all that you want. Who do you want to be this time next year? Goals and intentions don’t have to be all career/work related, they can be anything. Why not create some better habits like drinking more water, moving your body more, taking up a new hobby or spending time with the people who light you up? Try making sure you have goals or intentions that cover personal, work/career, health and learning.
4. Make sure that you spend time breaking down what you do well and what you need to improve on and make sure you cover all bases when writing your goals. Make sure you are specific enough so that you can measure them. And most importantly give yourself a deadline. Parkinson’s Law written by Cyril Northcote states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion” so make sure you put an end date on that bad boy!
5. Finally, what do you love to do most in the world? What brings you joy? Make sure there is a healthy amount of that in there too!
If your motivation starts to wane, think of the person you admire. What is it about them that you admire most? Channel them, ask yourself, how would they deal with this situation? Use them as a blueprint to build better more helpful habits until they feel natural to you.
Use whatever tools will help you stay on track; journal regularly, start a gratitude diary, repeat positive affirmations daily or write a mantra for the week in big letters on your bathroom mirror. The only person who can get you across the finish line is you so get creative and try out a whole bunch of different approaches until you find the one that works for you.
Don't beat yourself up if you don’t achieve them, keep measuring them and if they go wrong give yourself permission to amend them. Working towards goals that are too hard will only serve to demotivate you and give you an excuse to give up.
I recently heard the phrase 'if you’re the most intelligent person in the room, you’re in the wrong room' and I love it, it’s quickly become one of my new favourite sayings. It's versatile too, you can use it in any context, make sure you are hanging out with people who push you to do better, to be better.
Lose the noise and follow your intuition. Don’t be put off by other people's concerns or negativity. Stay true to your plan and make sure everything you are working on is taking you a step closer to your goal and surround yourself with the people who light you up.