As the New Year is coming soon, it’s time to take a look back at this year and see how well you have achieved your goals.
If you feel that you haven’t yet reached your full potential and haven’t managed to cross all the goals off your list, it’s time to implement a new set of strategies for 2015.
These are not going to be your New Year’s resolutions, rather they are new fresh ways of working towards your most important goals, ensuring that you actually reach them.
Rest assured, this just scratches the surface. There are other powerful ways that help you to make the New Year best ever.
In case you are interested in those methods, just go ahead and download this PDF that I prepared just for the audience of GoalZila!
It lists three additional (and very powerful) ways of reaching your goals in 2015.
1. Hustling on multiple things -> Focusing on just one thing
We all know that multitasking doesn’t work. So rather than working on multiple fronts at once, picking just one project to focus on is the smartest move you can do.
The fact is that if you decide to run your first marathon, write a book, and lose your weight at the same time, you might fall short.
So rather than doing spreading yourself too thin, pick that ONE goal that makes the biggest difference in your life.
Make sure you understand that you have less time available than what you think. For instance, my original goal was to finish my first full-distance triathlon in 2015. But since I also want to start my own business next year, I knew that there is just too much on my plate.
That’s why gave up temporarily on my triathlon goal, and I decided to fully focus on the business one.
2. Fun stuff first -> Important stuff first
If you are really into reaching your big goal, then it should be your #1 priority and nothing else.
For instance, my goal is to publish five Kindle books next year, so the most important activity is to write 1000 to 2000 words almost daily.
What’s even more important is to put this most important activity to those hours of the day when you are at your most effective. To understand this, you should learn what Sam Carpenter, the author of Work The System has to say about Biological Prime Time (BPT).
BPT means your most productive hours of the day, and you can find this with a bit of self-monitoring. It takes some effort for sure, but the payoff can be great.
When you do the goal-related work inside your BPT, you make significant progress on the important things.
This in turn helps you to feel a sense of accomplishment and increase your motivation, which again gives you more fuel to reach your goal.
3. Do it and forget it -> Reveal your tracks
One way that helps you in reaching your goal is to see how far you have come already. So rather than just doing something and then forgetting it make sure to track your progress. This way you know where you are headed and it’s much easier to make adjustments, if something isn’t working.
Doing this kind of tracking is simple. Every day after you have finished working, look at your day. See your successes and failures, then record them down. Also, list the lessons you learned.
This way you:
-Know what works and what didn’t work
-How to make your next day better
-Have the record of success (you may need some motivational boost when things don’t go as planned)
Doing a review like this doesn’t have to take long, sometimes even five minutes will be enough.
With this small habit, you can still keep the dream of reaching your goal alive.
4. Hustle all around -> Reduce your commitments
So you have three hobbies and you also participate in various club activities. Good for you!
But let me ask you this: Do they give you the room to pursue your goal, with the intensity that is required? If not, perhaps cutting down some commitments is in order.
For instance, when I was writing my book in 2013, I made a strategic decision to cut down all the races (I’m an endurance athlete) for that year. I also scaled down my other activities, even eliminated them completely if they didn’t support my main goal anyway.
In 2015, I have decided to do the same again. For instance, I’m slowing down my blogging pace, so that I have the time for Kindle writing.
The biggest problem that people face with commitments is that saying “no” is very difficult. I can’t say it was easy for me either, but I try to keep these guidelines in mind when declining a request:
-Does the commitment support my goals? If it doesn’t, then the answer is “no”
-Say “no” discreetly but firmly. At least for me, nothing is more irritating than someone saying “no” to me the rude way
-Say your answer clearly enough, so that the other person doesn’t have to guess you’re what you said
-Be honest about why you decline from the request
-Understand that you can be selfish too. If someone has a right to ask you to do something, in most of the cases you have the equal right to say “no” as well
Sometimes saying “yes” is the only option. For instance, if some one asks your help in an accident, you should definitely help the other person. But in the majority of everyday situations, things ain’t that severe, and there is more room for evaluation.
5. Do it in one big chunk -> break it in smaller pieces
One way to make reaching a goal easier is to do two things:
First, break it down into smaller pieces, so that you are able to avoid being overwhelmed.
For instance, if your goal is to write a book, make your first milestone be to write an outline. When this task is done, find out minimum word count to strive for every day and try to reach that.
When you break the giant project into smaller pieces, it’s so much easier to get started doing the work. When the project is just one huge “lump” on your list, you are more likely to procrastinate on it.
One other trick that can help you started with your goals. And believe me when I say this, you are going to need this one. No matter if you feel motivated now, there are times when you won’t even like to look at your goal.
If you hit the wall, promise to do the task for five minutes. This helps you to get started and in majority of cases, you do much more work than just those five minutes.
There are times when you are to be tested, to see how serious you are about your goal. But if you pass the test, you’ll be a winner.
To give you a more solid start to 2015, I presented five different strategies for reaching your goal and creating the life you have always wanted.
The most important thing is to put all your focus and energy into the one goal and make it happen.
Or rather, would you like having five goals you haven’t accomplished, when you review your year in December 2015?
Yeah, I thought so.