“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”
~ Paulo Coelho
Hello there! Happy March and hope that you are doing GREAT!
WOW, January and February have flown by for me. How about you? When I was in the corporate world, January was the “wrap up” month for the prior year, February was the month to put your plans in place for the current year. That’s what’s happened to me this year.
Did you know that by the end of February, 80% of New Year’s resolutions have already been broken. That’s why I don’t make resolutions anymore, but I do have a plan and a process to meet my goals for 2013, and it works for me, and it will work for you.
The first step is to decide on what your “theme” is for the year! This year mine is FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS! This is the difference maker for me, and I am “maniacally focused” on my goals and achieving them!
Your theme is the one “word” or phrase that will best describe what you want to accomplish and achieve in 2013. Think of it as your “theme” party and something that gives you energy and keeps your momentum going. When you identify it, then you are ready to take the next steps.
1. Identify your goals for 2013: Pick 3-5 goals for the year, and don’t’ make them so HUGE that they overwhelm you, but make sure you have some “stretch” in your goals. These goals must be measurable and trackable, so that you can see your progress on a weekly basis. Here are some great examples of goals that can be tracked:
- Entrepreneur/Business Owner:
- Grow revenue by 30%
- Increase client base by 20%
- Hire a personal trainer
- Improve employee engagement by 25%
- Increase profits by 35%
- Launch two new products
2. Actions to achieve your goals: Identify 3-5 actions for each goal. These actions must be actions that can be tracked and measured on a weekly and monthly basis. This is critical to meeting your goals and achieving your dreams.
3. Tracking: Set up a weekly process to track the status of each of your actions items. This will give you a clear picture of what you are doing and what you needs to be done.
4. Accountability: This is a critical step, as when we just think about our actions, they don’t usually get done, when you write it down, the odds go up significantly, and when you write them down and tell someone, the odds go up to 98% in achieving your goals. Please see the details in the article below on accountability.
This sounds very simple to do, but it takes hard work, focus and support to accomplish your goals. I would love to know what your theme is for 2013 and how you are planning on achieving your goals. If I can help or support you in any way, please let me know.
I have a few 30 minute strategy sessions available during March. If you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set up some time to chat about your 2013 goals.
Wishing you a very successful year, and looking forward to hearing from you soon.