When I was growing up, I’d go down the staircase to my room in the basement and I would glance at this long stretch of butcher paper with goals written on it. My dad would put up physical goals, family goals, possible vacation goals, and business goals. Each time he completed a goal he made a BIG check mark right next to it. It was always intriguing to me.
So now that I am grown-up, guess what I have up in my office. One of those big Post-It notes you see at team workshops that you can stick up on the wall. And it is full of goals.
Goals for my leadership business, our non-profit organization, my family, my health, my finances and my spiritual life all cover the board; there are 13 goals in all.
I would like to suggest five ways to keep your goals from slipping in 2013.
1. Create a “Code of Honor”
These are 10-12 promises to yourself you have to keep. Some examples from my code are: be the most positive person I know, be a corporate athlete, and practice daily solitude. I also put my promises down in ink and review them weekly. Your code of honor sets the tone for successful goal-getting!
2. Overcome the Procrastination Gap
I have a super simple, daily system I have used for years. I identify my “vital three” for the day, check to make sure they are aligned to my goals, and blueprint them into my calendar. Remember: what gets scheduled gets done. Don’t assume you’ll get it done because it is in your head. Discipline yourself to put it down in your daily schedule.
3. Avoid Negative Roadblocks
The biggest roadblock I witness in my clients is their own negative noise. Rather than rehash past mistakes, train your mind to focus on your action items. Think on your preferred future!
4. Set Realistic Goals
Get some small wins under your belt and live with a fresh and guilt free attitude. If your goals prove to be lofty, adjust them to the situation around you. Goals should not be barriers which lead to a negative, defeatist attitude.
5. Fire up Your Passion
Passion ignites us to daily accomplishments. Be fully in love with what you do. A wise man once told me that if you ever fall out of love, do the “first love” things again and you will fall back in love. There is nothing like love and passion to amp yourself back up and get you to accomplish your goals.
Which of these five goals can you apply today? Be a goal setter and a goal getter!
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