We have just concluded the first working week in 2017!! How did that go? How well did you do towards achieving the goals you had set for yourself in this New Year. Remember, 2017 is a 52-week journey, so how would say week one went?
When we set goals for a new year it gives you the impression that there is time. This gives room for procrastination. The truth is the time to start is now. I’ve heard it said: “ By the yard, it’s hard, but inch by inch everything is a cinch.” Well then, lets set each week as a way to measure the ‘inch by inch’ of our 2017 journey shall we?
It’s not too late! You can start from now and start to make a new ending. There are 3 simple steps to ensuring you achieve your New Year goals:
- Write it down
- Hold yourself accountable
- Celebrate, Affirm and Recalibrate
STEP 1: WRITE IT DOWN RIGHT NOW! Lets start with the very first step, write down your goals for 2017 (no more than 5 broad goals please). Using a table format helps. What would you like to happen in your career, relationships, finances, health and spirit? In front of each goal, put a deadline. Ask yourself what you need to do to achieve each if these goals by the deadlines you have noted. What do you require to achieve each goal? What barriers, behavior and beliefs will you need to overcome?
STEP 2: ACCOUNTABILITY! Hold yourself accountable for your achievements. Your future is a blank canvas; you write or paint on it what you wish. It is not what happens to you that matter, your response to life is what matters most. You can hold a DIY (Do It Yourself) periodic review of your goals or get a personal life coach to help hold you accountable. Whatever way you do, just ensure you measure the steps you are taking weekly / monthly towards achieving success.
STEP 3: CELEBRATE each victory, no matter how little. AFFIRM your convictions in an Affirmation statement that you read out loud to yourself regularly. Daily affirmations are a very great way to maintain resilience, momentum and commitment. Life is going to throw some curved balls your way on your route to success, you will need to have a strong positive mindset to tackle the challenges and keep winning. An example of an affirmation statement is provided below as a guide. Please don’t copy and paste someone else’s affirmation statement. Don’t delay, read it, get inspired and write your own.
“I am a person of incredible value
I am Unique, I am special I am more powerful than I show
I seek self-transcendence
For the improvement of others and myself.
I propel others and myself to pursue our dreams with passion
I am an encourager who takes ownership and responsibility
I have let go of things that hurt or held me back
I am a leader and I make great things happen, one commitment at a time”
And now that we are ready to embrace an awesome year of achievements, lets kick back, relax and have a fun filled weekend. As you rest, recover and retool remember: “the only thing that limits your future, is the limit of your imagination. Never underestimate the power of a visualized dream”.
I’m looking forward with excitement to excellent year on every front! I hope you are too.