In last week's post ( “Don't Drift – Tackle The Unfinished Business of 2019!” ) I encouraged you to reflect on your progress, final touches and actions on your goals of 2019, so you could finish this year proud of your achievements.
The natural next step would be to think about your future goals, but before you do, I want you to really take time to think about this. Don't go through the motions, and fall into the trap of making your goals in line with everyone else's. Spend some time thinking about yourself, what is really important to you. Until you know what drives you, it is hard to drive yourself in the best direction. Goals that align with who you truly are and what you really want are more likely to be met.
So rather than waiting for 2020 to arrive, set your objectives as soon as you can! You have 40 days before the New Year starts. Do it now, so you can be ready for it, be prepared and focused to take advantage of it from day one.
To help you focus on what you want, ask yourself the questions below. They are relevant for private as well as work life.
1) If 2020 is to be a real success, what would need to happen? Start with the end in mind and imagine you have already reached your desired outcome completely.
2) What does a successful outcome look and feel like?
3) What is the purpose behind my goal? What makes this goal important?
4) What is it about me today, that doesn't fit into my ideal future? (Think wide: behaviour, habits, thoughts, confidence, appearance etc. It can be anything that you know you need to work on or change)
5) Who in my life today doesn't belong in my ideal future? (Who is your drainer? Who sucks out the energy out of you? Who turns down your flame?) This might be a slightly controversial question, but it is important to surround yourself with the right people who bring out the best in you, so if you have any drainers around you, what are you going to do about it?
6) What do I want to learn / improve on in 2020?
7) What memories do I want to create in 2020?
8) What steps do I need to take to make my goal a reality?
9) What is holding me back?
10) How will I measure progress towards my goals?
These are only a few of the questions you can consider.
If you need to talk your goals through, or you need some accountability and someone to nudge you, challenge you and motivate you, get in touch, as I can help.