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How To Set Goals Like A Ninja
How To Set Goals Like A Ninja
Right, down to business.
It’s that time of year when we do the whole new years resolutions, look with optimism to the year ahead and tell ourselves that this year we will be thinner/faster/richer/smarter or just not crying over our ex’s into a tub of Haagen Dazs and tell ourselves this will be our year. But then by Martin Luther King Day, which for the none US readers, falls on Monday 15th January this year, also referred to as Blue Monday, folks are back to their usual miserable selves, trying to figure out how to get out of the expensive gym membership they’ve bought and drunk dialling their ex at 3am. There’s even now an official Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day on the 17th January. Let’s face it, the whole new year, new me is total and utter bullshit.
THE BIGGER PICTURE
The problem lies in that most people don’t get very specific about what they really want. Like the lottery win. If you really, really wanted to make a concerted effort to win the lottery then you’d set up a direct debit for an online account and set aside a specific amount of money to buy tickets each week. The odds of winning the UK lottery are 1 in 14 million. That may seem like ridiculous odds. But it still means there’s a chance of winning.
THE GOALS TO SET
AVOID THE NEGATIVE
BREAK IT DOWN
WRITE, WRITE, WRITE
I think we’ve pretty much covered there how to set your goals. Set aside time each week and month to evaluate where you are and make your plans. It’s important to check in daily with your goals but I also set aside a few hours each week just to make sure I have everything planned out for the week ahead. I tend to do this on a Sunday, just sitting on the sofa watching tv with my planner and notebooks.
Just a note on wasting time. We’ve talked before about start-up distractions to avoid, so it’s along similar lines. Your time is your most vital asset. We all have the same number of hours in the day and days in the week. But we all use them differently. Many people waste their time and then wonder where the years are going. Don’t be that person. Make the most of your time and don’t waste it. How many times have you sat mindlessly watching the tv and not enjoyed it? What a waste of time! If you aren’t enjoying it then don’t do it! Obviously, the exception to this is the 6am wake-up call to go to the gym. Eventually, you will enjoy that once you get the benefits.
You get the picture.
The last tip I have for you is to find yourself an accountability buddy. This should be someone you trust that you tell your goals to and they regularly check in with you to see how you’re getting on. You are more likely to actually do something if you tell someone else you are going to do it. Just make sure it’s someone who is as positive as you and not a negative nelly who will bring you down. In fact, delete negative nelly. You don’t need them.
Good luck! Go get them tiger and believe you can do this.
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