2019 disappeared at a speed that quantum physics is yet unable to explain. Thank goodness I had a goal to achieve!
Let me start by saying I don't do new years resolutions. I do however like to set goals that are practical, measurable, and achievable. I share them with others so I feel a sense of commitment. Last year I established a goal to compete in my first professional bodybuilding show. A resulting benefit - I dropped 8 kgs and placed top 10 in my pro debut. I felt great, not just physically but mentally knowing I completed my goal. What did it take? Commitment, waking up at 5 am weekdays to do my cardio and then back to the gym again in the evening for my workout, discipline with food and water intake, dedication and willpower to not give up when times got rough, a supportive and encouraging partner, and lastly, the mindset not to be discouraged by my negative self-talk, that tried to rear its ugly self.
So what about 2020?
What about you?
Have you set your goals?
Congratulations if you already have! You get extra kudos if you have committed them to paper. You get the first place big blue rosette if you have also shared them with others.
If you haven't established your 2020 goals, get at it! I offer three tricks to setting your goals:
Make them personal. Set your goals for you, not someone else.
Make them practical. They can be personal or work-related, or both.
Share them with others. This helps you commit to your success.
Actually there is no magic to this exercise. Just ask yourself, "What do I really want to accomplish in 2020 before it turns into 2021?"
I still can't believe the number of talented people I speak with who have not taken the time to write down their goals, nor have they mapped out their supporting strategies to achieve their goals. I shudder to think how much more successful they would be if they set tangible goals, developed a plan to reach those goals and shared their goals with, a peer or their partner.
I had the pleasure of attending Sharmadean Reid CEO of Beauty Stack and founder of WAH Nails, at her 2020 Big Women event. Sharmadean and her guests spoke about goal setting and I want to share one memorable suggestion that was made. Sharmadean had shared a spreadsheet with us to create a vision for 2020. We had to answer the questions as if its the end of December 2020 and we were reflecting on how things were at that point. We had to be creative and allow ourselves the freedom to dream. If we had any critical or negative thoughts, we were advised to write them down to get them out of our head, and then move on. I have embraced the simple concept of being creative (thinking BIG!), it really helps!
My last recommendation is to keep your goals visible. They do you no good tucked away in a binder or shoved in a drawer. Post them in your office, carry them on a small card in your wallet or purse, and put a copy on your closet door to look at every morning when you get dressed or consider putting it on your computers screen saver. Subliminal reminders work. And don't forget to track your progress. I found keeping my running log updated every second day was all I needed.
Plan to have a great year. I wish you success in exceeding your 2020 goals!