10 Top Tips For Successful Goal Setting


1) Work on one major goal at a time; your chances of success are greater when you channel energy into changing just one thing at a time, especially when you’re changing your behaviour. If you have more than one space them out through the year so that you can still hit them one at a time

2) Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to think about deciding on and setting your goals, instead devote some time before to reflect upon what you really want to achieve for yourself

3) Avoid previous goals that you didn’t achieve; deciding to re-visit a past goal sets you up for frustration and disappointment, plus it may not be that important for you anymore

4) Don’t be a sheep and go with the traditional goals. Instead think about what YOU really want out of YOUR life

5) Break your goal into a series of steps, focusing on creating sub-goals that are concrete, measurable, and time-based yet will push you and expand your comfort zone

6) Tell your friends and family about your goals, this increases the fear of failure and can elicit support from others. Create a contract with yourself and sign it and stick it on your fridge door

7) Frequently remind yourself of the benefits associated with achieving your goals by creating a checklist of how life would be better once you obtain your aim

8) Reward yourself with a small treat whenever you achieve a sub-goal, this will maintain your motivation and a sense of progress. Make sure your reward is not something that will set you back

9) Make your plans and progress concrete by keeping a hand-written journal, completing a computer spreadsheet or covering a notice board with graphs or pictures. You can set this up at the beginning when you plan your strategy

10) Expect to revert to your old habits from time to time at the beginning. Build the occasional relapse back to your old habit as part of the plan rather than a reason to give up. It is a part of the natural cycle of behavioural change. In fact plan 3 relapses in so that you can look forward to them and tick them off, knowing that after the third one, your new habit should be well on its way to being second nature

If you need some guidance I have a pdf called ‘How To Set Effective Goals’ which is for sale at £4.99 and this will give you everything you need to set yourself up for success in 2014

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Simon Maryan

Former Royal Marine and Human Intelligence Specialist. Now an international speaker, author, trainer and coach sharing lessons from a life of action and how to prepare for and overcome trauma and other stressful situations. I've survived 3 kidnapping & all my experience enabled me to develop extremely strong psychological and mental resilience which I share with people through my speaking engagements delivering a variety of Keynote, motivational and inspirational talks for a wide variety of clients internationally. Some of these include UK Military, FBI, New York Police Department, NYPD Hostage Negotiation Team (the home of Hostage Negotiation), oil and gas companies, banks and UK Government departments.

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