There are already millions of words written about the setting and achieving of your goal, which are practiced by millions of people as well. But still, most of the goals created are not fulfilled. Why is that?
Numerous reasons. Lack of motivation, accountability and inspiration are some of them. Some people make goals that are too grandiose and become overwhelmed and abandon them. Others are to vague and do not have the specifics of what they want to accomplish honed in and end up doing too much.
Here are 11 tips to help you accomplish your goals:
- Your goals should be original.
- Your goals should be inspirational.
- Your goals should be harmonious in nature.
- Your goals must be realistic.
- Have idealistic goals.
- Make your goals specific.
- Your goals should be flexible.
- You must visualize your goals.
- You should affirm your goals.
- Have a timely set of goals.
- You must have a list of all the goals that you want to achieve.
#Divas2Divas is our bi-weekly series where our panel of Divas share their insight on different issues that impact us all as women. They are a diverse group of women and have graciously agreed to be open and transparent with our community. This week they are sharing their focuses for 2015 and how they are staying focused and accountable.
This week the #Divas2Divas ladies are sharing their 2015 resolutions, goals and focus.
Feel free to chime in with any comments, questions or insight with what’s laying the foundation for your 2015 success.
Janeane: I make plans, goals and have dreams for each new year, but I do not make resolutions. . I do not have focus word for the new year. I do have a focus phrase based on a song. It is “Something Inside” sung by South African singer Lira. I like her version because it is fiercely strong, determined and full of fight.
I am shaping what I do in 2015 based on successes and areas for opportunities from 2014. At the end of 2014, I created a plan for my business that was confirmed as a good one by industry experts. It confirmed for me that my plans were good and that I am moving in the right direction. In addition, I am making bigger plans and bigger dreams for 2015. I want to push myself beyond what I have done before to new successes that will seem wondrous in hindsight when 2016 comes.
I didn’t make any resolutions but instead established a focus word. My word for 2015 is OPEN. I am expanding opportunities from 2014 and being more open to all possibilities.
Shanti: A few years back I stopped creating New Year’s resolutions and rather a guiding word. My guiding word this year is Accountability. I am focusing on holding myself accountable for action on non-action of completing my goals and or commitments.
2015 I decided that I would make realistic goals that I am to accomplish and focus on one thing at a time. Because I am a creative and so many ideas pop up in my head 24/7 I’m always trying to do it all. In 2015 I vowed to commit to one to two ideas quarterly and work on completing those first before adding any additional ones to the equation. I have a lot of room to grow and I believe by narrowing down my focus and creating a weekly to-do list I will be able to concentrate more on completing the tasks at hand rather than overwhelming myself by trying to do it all.
Bridget: For years I made resolution after resolution, each time failing at it more miserably than the year before. I would go into the New Year and say “I am going to lose the weight”, “I am going to travel”, etc etc but I never did any of it. In fact I gained more weight stressing about the fact that I wasn’t fulfilling the rest of my “goal-less” resolutions. Then in 2013, after talking with friends about my plans for the following year I realized that I had never set any goals for my life. Realizing that for me, a resolution was a sudden change that was almost always unattainable, to a goal, which was the gradual life change that is almost always a permanent solution.
From there, I sat down and made my very first list of goals. It went a little something like this (this is the shortened version):
- Go to Cosmetology School
- Graduate from Cosmetology School
- Take and pass the State Board Exam
- Travel to do something new
- Meet other bloggers
I accomplished every single one of my goals and it honestly changed me. My outlook on my abilities to complete a task were changed just by changing my resolutions to goals. What I did in 2014 will shape my goals for 2015 by allowing me to see the next level to my vision. What I have already done has opened my mind to new things, new opportunities and new connections. I am excited to embrace my new goals and continue to grow internally.