Goal setting is easy. It’s the goal achieving that’s hard. That probably explains why only 5% of people who set goals, actually achieve them year after year. But if you’re part of the 95% who didn’t achieve what you wanted last year, don’t despair. Here are 4 simple tips I guarantee will have you achieving them in 2016.
No More Excuses
This is number one. Stop making excuses for why you have not achieved your goals. Cynicism is the world telling you it cannot be done. Your excuses (read: reasons) about why you couldn’t is what happens when you believe that. Living in a world of cynicism and excuses means you are not in control of your life and will not achieve your goals. Make the decision to live the next 365 days with no excuses and you will amazed at what will happen.
Stop Justifying Your Limitations
What are the unspoken rules you’ve created that control your life? If you look at them clearly, you will find that they are not actually real. For example, just because you didn’t get that MBA, doesn’t mean you don’t have the tools to run a successful business. Alternatively, just because you have an MBA doesn’t mean that you cannot follow your lifelong dream of becoming an artist. Eliminate the self made rules that constrict you. Stop using them to justify what you perceive as your limitations. All this leads to is complaining. And there’s no personal responsibility in complaining.
Create Your Own Superstar Club
Surround yourself with people that inspire you. Think of them as your own personal superstar club. And get rid of the people, friends (and yes, even family) that expire you. While this may sound harsh, you already know it’s something you needed to do. You will not achieve your goals if you are hanging out with people who are always negative, always complaining, and are all to eager to help you justify why things aren’t going the way you want. Life is too short to be giving time to these energy vampires. They are not your true supporters, even though they profess to be. They are simply misery. And they love company.
Be The Architect Of Your Own Destiny
Contrary to what you may believe, it’s not what you do every day that will ensure you achieve your goals. It’s who you are being that ultimately decides the kind of life you live and what dreams you actually achieve. How you live, how you behave in face of failure, surprises or set backs is what truly separates the goal achievers from the goal setters. Not every step you take towards your goal will seem rewarding and fulfilling. But keeping your ultimate goal in mind means you are always a creator, no matter what you are doing.
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Written by Rik Klingle-Watt
About the author
Rik Klingle-Watt is a soulpepper and writer of the award winning documentary Not Business as Usual, a film about disrupting the business quo.
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