The time has arrived. It is a new year and time to set those desired goals for 2016. To lose that extra 10 pounds or to increase your list of clients by 10%. The New Year prompts us to be a goal setter.
But did you reach your goals in 2015? If the answer is no, do you know what blocked you? Was it your motivation? Was it your strategy? Were your goals unrealistic?
We have all discovered that setting goals is the easy part. However, keeping the motivation and desire to attain those goals can be allusive. Adherence to your goals is the glue that never seems to stick.
Setting goals and staying committed to your goals will greatly add to your success in this upcoming year. For the past 50 years, motivational researchers have discovered that goals direct effort and persistence to a given target area. Goals also guide our focus to the areas in need of improvement and are one of the best ways to increase our fire inside. However, sticking to your goals throughout the year will be the linchpin to long-term improvement. Without commitment, achieving your goals is an impossibility.
If in the past you had little follow-through with your goals, then the culprit could be your lack of an effective goal-setting program. Here are four easy key steps that will help you attain your goals for 2016:
Step 1: Discover your baseline.
How many meetings do you attend each month that help you to gain new clients? How many calories do you really eat in a day? It is easy to guess, but keep a record for a month so you can have an accurate baseline.
Step 2: Set realistic and specific goals.
A goal should be about a 10 percent change in order to be realistic yet challenging. Thus, if you average 3,000 calories a day, then you should only decrease your intake by 300 calories. If you typically attend five meetings a month, then increase your meetings to six or seven a month. Doubling your meetings to 10 sounds great, but you may burn out and never stick to the plan.
Step 3: Create strategies to attain your goals
To decrease your caloric intake, you can just stop drinking the mochas at Starbucks every day (I suffered from that fate). Perhaps you can have one week a month which you attend three client-attaining meetings. You need to have a few strategies for each goal and they should be simple and easy.
Step 4: Assess your improvement.
If you see improvement, then stick with your plan. If not, then you will need to change your strategies. Perhaps you love mochas too much in the morning so cut out the sodas. Or, you are not attending enough meetings because the meetings are too far away. You need to re-evaluate your circle of influence.
In this New Year, just don’t set goals. Achieve them with an effective goal-setting program.
Bio: Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a professor of human performance at APSU. He is the author of the Washington Post bestselling business book, “Full Throttle.” Steinberg speaks about emotional toughness to Fortune 500 companies. Visit www.drgreggsteinberg.com and see his TED talk about super-resilience at http://tinyurl.com/o2anxsz. Dr. Gregg Steinberg is an inspirational and motivational speaker who lives in Nashville, TN.