Key takeaways from my first six blogs focused on our 2020 resolutions and goals:
- Less is more. Don’t set too many new goals…one or two max.
- Make space for your new goal(s). What do you need to eliminate from your life in order to create the time you need to achieve your new goal(s)?
- Change your thinking and you will change your life. It is extremely difficult to achieve new goals with the same thinking that got you to your present set of circumstances. Replace “I can’t and I won’t with I can and I will.”
- A goal remains a goal until it is reduced to writing–then it becomes a plan. It’s virtually impossible to achieve a goal or dream without some type of written plan.
- The key to achieving any goal is to create a plan of execution that includes SMART objectives that facilitate the achievement of your goal(s).
There are many reasons a plan fails but no bigger reason than the lack of execution. Especially when you’ve incorporated the five key points from above into your plan.
Execution isn’t a magical act. It takes focus and effort. Here are some habits/steps I’ve developed over the years that work:
Weekly Planning – A couple of decades ago I started planning out my week on the Saturday or Sunday preceding the upcoming week. I continue this discipline to this day and it usually takes about 30 minutes.
For example, when I was training to become an Ironman I would sit down with my calendar on the weekend and pencil in my personal and professional commitment goals for the week and then I would schedule my workouts around them. It’s important to note that our new goals should not weaken our effectiveness in our personal and professional lives.
Daily Planning AM – After my morning devotion time with God, I spend a few minutes preparing for my day by reviewing my schedule/plan and reducing it to memory.
Daily Planning PM – Each night prior to going to bed I reflect and journal how well I did for the day. I then review my schedule and plan for the next day…don’t wait until tomorrow to find out what is on tomorrow’s schedule and always remember–the start of a great day begins the night before.
SmartPhones serve as great tools for being intentional in scheduling our time. They can also be programmed to remind us of the events we have coming up on our schedule.
Wiggle Room – Be realistic with your schedule and the achievement of your goal(s). Stated differently–make sure you place a bit of cushion in your schedule as well as success margin in your goals so you don’t fret when the unexpected happens because it will happen.
One pet peeve I have with business leaders in when they schedule meetings in consecutive hours with no time built in for transition. They end up running late all day which causes the people involved in the meetings to also run late.
Also, you may recall that I had a goal of 85% completion for my weekly triathlon training which means I succeeded when I trained five days a week even though my goal was six.
Accountability – Who will hold you accountable?
In my years of coaching and mentoring others, I have found the majority of people need accountability partners in order to keep them on their respective goal-achievement path. Who will that person be for you?
Your schedule/calendar, if used properly, will also serve as an accountability partner.
God – Last but not least–turn your goals over to God each morning and evening and ask Him for the courage, strength, and energy to successfully execute your plan. God is an amazing accountability partner…I write from experience.
I wish you the best of luck in achieving your new goal(s) for 2020!
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
P.E.A.C.E. for Dreamers…
P – (Plan) A dream remains a dream until it is written down. Putting your dream in writing is the first step in creating a PLAN to achieve it.
E – (Effort) Turning your dream into reality requires a commitment to putting forth consistent and focused EFFORT toward the execution of your plan.
A – (Attitude) If you think you can achieve your dream, you will. Your ATTITUDE always determines your altitude in life.
C – (Community) Nothing great in life happens by doing it alone. The chances of realizing your dream expand as your COMMUNITY of positive mentors and peers expand.
E – (Energy) Chasing and attaining your dream requires optimal levels of mental, physical, and spiritual ENERGY. Take care of yourself!