You’ve made the decision that this year is going to be different. You’re ready for change - you read this month’s newsletter and know that to get a different outcome you’ve got to do things differently. This year is going to be your year. But where do you start?
The first thing you need to do is get clear on where this new journey is going to take you. Here’s three tips that will help you do just that.
1. Visualise The Future
The world’s leading athletes don’t just train their bodies on the track and field, they also work on their minds. It’s often the psychology that makes the difference between the gold and silver medal.
One of the techniques they use is visualisation. They imagine every step of the race and run through it repeatedly. It prepares your mind for that future success because your brain is tricked into thinking that it’s already been there and done that - doing it again is easy.
Take a few minutes out each day to visualise your future. But don’t just look at what’s around you. Think about the person you are in that dream - who you have to be. Then remind yourself that you are that person, that this is already in you and you have what it takes.
2. Set Your Goal
People tend to set all kinds of random goals and they’re unlikely to reach them unless they get much clearer. You need to have a SMART goal - that means that it is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time based.
In other words, a goal such as “I’ll earn loads more money” or “I’ll be a better mum” is not going to cut it. Instead they would need to look more like the following:
Once you have your overall goal, it’s time to break it down into the steps that will help you get there. For example, you might need to start by leaving your phone aside for an hour every other day, or, earning an extra £100 next month.
3. Get Prepared
People often get this far and then fall before they even get going because they’ve not done any preparation. Here are a couple of things you can do to make sure you stay on track:
Spot the obstacles: Things always come along and get in the way, especially when you have children. Thinking about these first will help you be more prepared as you can plan ways to overcome them. For example, if you have young children just starting nursery, they might pick up a lot of bugs and be poorly. Therefore, you need to have flexibility within your schedule for your childcare arrangements.
Put it in your diary: Once you’ve know what your first step towards your goal is, put time for it in your diary and make it a non-negotiable - think of it as a meeting or medical appointment. If we use our examples from above, you might block out the time you’ll spend with your children or schedule a meeting with yourself to work on that thing that’s going to bring you extra money. Putting it in your diary solidifies your plans.
In the next blog post, we’ll talk a little more about developing the growth mindset that you need to succeed. For now, get busy visualising and setting your goals. Let me know what you plan to achieve in 2019.
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