Every December 31, we reflect on the past 12 months. What worked? What bombed altogether? Then we set new goals for health, wealth, careers, startup ideas or expanding business. That’s never enough so we pile on passions like writing a novel, adopting puppies, fun with friends, time for family, and hiking Kilimanjaro. Some are reasonable, others never get a chance. By March, 101 to-dos taunt us from desktops and refrigerator doors.
Want to keep your 2014 goals in motion? Here are 10 steps to guaranteed success!
1. Make it FUN!
- The #1 reason goals fall apart is they never motivated us in the first place. Add “the play factor” to inspire your mission, friends, co-workers, and teammates.
2. Stay HUMBLE!
- If goals are stifled, ask for help. You may be closer than you think.
3. Create BENCHMARKS & TIMELINES to support your PURPOSE!
- Whether you hope to double sales, change careers, launch a business, get in shape, find love, or save the world, hardcore goals require S.M.A.R.T. routines (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely). Expect what you inspect!
4. THINK BIG but remember LESS CAN BE MORE!
- Goals that start too big often fail to address little things first. Don’t put so much on your plate that essential projects never start or simple steps get half baked.
5. Don’t let PERFECT ruin GOOD!
- Don’t always compromise good at the expense of great? Just start, get messy and be willing to screw up. Getting great requires deliberate practice with progress.
6. Write lots of THANK-YOU notes!
- The fastest path to success is paved through gratitude. The return on that investment yields loyal clients, supportive friends, and great karma.
7. Maintain PASSION in your PURPOSE + PATIENCE in your PRACTICE
- Clarify “WHY” you set that goal in the first place and ask friends to hold you accountable by checking on “the results” of your practice routine. Be patient but persistent!
8. FOCUS on what you do best, then delegate, collaborate, or eliminate the rest!
- Hyper focus on your unique ability. Be willing to outsource or bring in co-workers and experts for things you don’t have time for, don’t like to do, or don’t do well.
9. Stay THIRSTY my friends!
- Complacency kills the competitive spirit! If the goal is critical, you have to CRAVE it!
10. It’s not enough to THINK different. Have the COURAGE to BE different. As Mark Twain said, “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.”