originally posted on Monday, January 7, 2013
If you haven’t decided upon goals or a plan for this year, forget about it, for the moment.
This is the time of year we are inundated with goal setting by every communication means possible.
Depending on your mood or what is happening in your life or both, that input can create feelings ranging from eager to exhausted.
If you know you want to make progress this year in something, try this exercise:
Think about your accomplishments that gave you the most satisfation and joy, in your professional and personal life.
Spend enough time thinking about those accomplishments that you identify and experience those emotions, deeply.
Jot those things down.
What will it take to go a step further with those accomplishments?
Brainstorm this step. Jot down anything that comes to mind, even the outlandish, impossible seeming ideas. (If a new idea for success came to you, write it down.)
Now, break down what inspires you into very small action steps.
Research by Amabile and Kramer, as well as others, revealed that successful goal completion is easier when broken down into small steps.
Amabile and Kramer share a worksheet allowing one to quickly detail daily work progress:
For personal progress, Coaches Training Institute has a simple daily habits calendar check off form. You can easily create this yourself using a spreadsheet, but if you would like it in a pdf format, e-mail me and I will send it to you.
The point is to not allow goals to become overwhelming. If you chart small progress on a daily basis, you will achieve success.
If you are stuck year in and year out on the same aspects of your life you want to move forward with, hire a coach!
Happy New Year!