A good place to start when setting GOALS is to ensure they are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and within a set Timeframe). Its nearly the end of March, if you haven’t already done so, now is a good time to review your goals and assess your progress so far.
The following questions can help you kick start this process:
- What went well?
- What could I have done differently?
- What is stopping me?
- Who/what can help me in achieving my goals?
- Where do I go from here?
Setting SMART goals is not enough. Below are 7 factors that can hold you back from realising your goals.
- Self Limiting beliefs: what we believe has great power to influence the results we get. Sometimes these convictions are entrenched in our sub conscious. Identify and address these self limiting beliefs either yourself or with the help of a Coach
- Fear of the Unknown: I once read somewhere that life is a risk. Personally I have found out from experience after mustering courage to take action that what I feared was actually nothing to be afraid of. FEAR has been described as false evidence appearing real. So before you back down consider if what you are afraid of is based on false or true evidence.
- Other people’s opinion: people around you would have their opinions on why you should or should not proceed with your goal. Do listen to constructive criticisms, spend time doing your homework and step out when you should
- No vision: Myles Munroe defined ‘vision as the idea that never leaves you, the dream that won’t go away and the passion that won’t subside.’ It does not matter how many times you get discouraged, how tough things are, your vision provides you with revelation, hope and foresight to make your goals happen
- Comparison: trying to do things the way others have done it stifles creativity, innovation and your uniqueness. Learn from others but put your stamp on your approach. Be you!
- Past mistakes: your past is not necessarily an indication of your future. Do learn from your past experience and use it as a spring board to attain your goals
- Lack of tenacity: goals don’t come cheap and to achieve them you have to do whatever it takes (ethically) to accomplish it. Don’t be discouraged by closed doors, long hours, lack of finance or gate keepers. Keep at it because all the tiny drops of water would eventually become a mighty ocean.
As you continue on the path to achieving your goals, remember to find time for yourself and others!
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