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MAKING YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS
STICK – IMPROVE YOUR GOAL-SETTING
Einstein once mentioned: “if you wish to lead a good life tie it to a goal.”
It is that time of the year when people make their ambitious New Year resolutions
– losing weight, gaining a new qualification, getting a raise or a promotion, better
work/life balance. But statistics show that only 8% people are able to achieve
their goals. The reasons could be varied: Unrealistic goals, underestimating the
completion time, setting somebody else’s goals, and not reviewing progress.
Many people feel adrift in this world. They work hard but they don’t seem to get
anywhere worthwhile. A key reason they feel this way, is that they haven’t
thought about what they want from life. It’s as if they have set out on a major
journey without any thought of their destination.
It is like the situation in the famous “Alice in Wonderland” episode. Alice asks the
Cheshire cat where this path is going. The cat replies, “It depends where you
want to go”. Alice replies, “I do not know”. The cat quips: “Then it doesn’t matter
any path will take you there.”
Experts on the science of success know that the brain is a goal-oriented
organism. Whatever goal you give to your sub-conscious mind, it will work day
and night to achieve it.
To make sure a goal unleashes the power of your sub-conscious mind, it must be
stated in a way that you or somebody else could measure it. I will lose 10 kilo
grams is not as effective as I would lose 10 kilo grams by December 31, 2017.
Be as specific as possible with all aspects of your goals – size, weight, shape or
any other detail. Do Remember vague goals produce vague results?
Goal vs a Good Idea: Whenever there are no criteria for measurement, it is
something you want, a wish, a preference, and then in that case your goal is
merely a good idea. To engage your subconscious mind, a goal or an objective
has to be measurable. Here are a few examples:
“I would like to own a nice home on the ocean “needs to be reframed as “I will
own a 4000 square feet house on Carter Rd, Mumbai by April 2020.”
“I want to lose weight needs to be reworded” as “I would lose 10 kilograms by
December 31, 2016.”
Write it out in detail – One of the best ways to get clarity and specificity on your
goals is to write them in detail. Think of it as a request to god or to the Universal
mind. When you write it down, your subconscious mind will know what to work
on. It will know which opportunities to hone in to help you reach your goal.
You need goals that stretch you – It pays to have goals that will require you to
grow to achieve them. It’s a good thing to have some goals that make you a little
uncomfortable. Why? Because the ultimate aim is to become a master of your life
in addition to achieving your material goals. You will learn new skills, expand
your vision, build new relationships, and learn to overcome your fears.
Top level athletes, successful people and achievers in all fields set their goals.
Do remember that goals in order to be effective need to be SMART:
S– Specific (Simple, sensible, significant)
A – Attainable (agreed, achievable)
R – Relevant (realistic, result oriented, reasonable and resourced
T – Time Bound (time-based, time-limited, time-sensitive)
Goals are the best way to meet your life’s aspirations. Another way of defining
them would be to say that they are your dreams with a deadline.