How to stay motivated and stick to your goals
Goals are priceless if you have tools in place to keep you motivated and ensure you are accountable throughout the year. The more you can return to them, measure your progress and see how you're tracking, the more likely you are to achieve them.
The key is to find out what motivates you. It's a personal process, which means not every technique will necessarily speak to you. Here are some ways that might help you build a stronger focus on your goals in 2017.
Set aside quality time
Many people rush through their annual goal setting, yet this is a precious exercise for yourself and your business. If you are able to turn your attention to the process, it really pays off.
Take the time to find value in the process, and understand what a greater focus on personal and professional goals could mean for your future success.
To stay motivated, you want your goals to hold meaning and give you a clear purpose. By using this time to understand your purpose, your goals are more achievable when life gets busier later in the year.
Break goals down
Start with the broad goals, and break these down into smaller objectives that you can work towards. Then be sure to reward yourself and your team along the way to avoid losing motivation.
For example, if you want to build a new website for your business and don't have the skills or resources to do so, the fear of failure can be off-putting. Instead, break the overall goal of having a new website down into milestones you can start to achieve.
Focus on what you can do today and ensure you reward success, even for the steps as you go. The ability to reward yourself as you make progress is a great motivator, and means a bit more than just ticking something off a list.
Also be sure to measure how far you have travelled, not how far you have to go.
Work with the experts
With your list goals, you can enlist others to help you achieve them and keep track of how they are going. This applies in both your personal and business goals.
Work out who will be the most helpful in working towards specific goals, whether that's your partner, a colleague or an external advisor.
For example, say your personal goal is to set up a self-managed super fund. It is likely this will take a lot of unnecessary leg work to get right, so rather use your time to find a professional to make the most of your efforts.
If outsourcing helps you achieve your goal, do it.
Like everything in life, meeting goals involves sticking it out and dealing with the challenges that will inevitably arise along the way. Ideally, to stay resilient you'll want to try and keep your emotions in check and avoid getting flustered if things don't go exactly to plan.
How flexible you are able to be with your goals will also affect how easy it is to stay resilient. Be prepared to put some goals aside, add new steps or refocus altogether, as long as they continue to align with a key purpose or vision, you will keep heading in the right direction.
Staying motivated is first and foremost in finding your purpose to achieve your goals. Be sure to have clearly laid out plans and a realisation that you can't do it all on your own. And you will be well on your way to creating achievable goals to keep you motivated throughout the year.
By: TEC Alumni Chair, CEO mentor and coach Richard Appleby