A resolution without changing your habitual behaviour is just an empty wish, much like setting a goal without the commitment, belief or process to stay on track and achieve the result. Timothy Pychyl, a professor of psychology at Carleton University in Canada argues resolutions fail because people are not ready to change their habits and professor Peter Herman identified the “false hope syndrome,” when a resolution is significantly unrealistic and out of alignment with the internal view of themselves. Brain scientists Antonio Damasio and Joseph LeDoux and psychotherapist Stephen Hayes have discovered through MRIs that habitual behaviour is created by thinking patterns that create neural pathways and memories, which become the default basis for your behaviour when we are faced with a choice or decision. http://bit.ly/UD8HNv
Annual Goals must have a Context
Clarity in what you really want in your life is crucial to put our annual goals into context. I call it my Big Scary Adventure, but it could be your Big Picture Plan, your Mission or your Life Purpose. As a mentor there is a process I use to help my mentees discover “Their true purpose in life”.
‘How do you eat an elephant? One bit at a time’. Your annual goal is one of several annual steps to achieve your ultimate Mission or Big Scary Adventure!
1. Set the context for your goal and state your Big Scary Adventure, Purpose or Mission
2. I would recommend setting one goal and only set another once you have achieved the goal. However, you can set a goal for each area of your life (Business, Family and You).
3. Ensure your goal is written down and is SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable or Action-orientated, Relevant or Realistic and Timescale).
4. Break down each goal into clear and specific actions which will achieve the results.
How do you Staying on track?
5. Have an accountability buddy, someone close to you that you have to report to and tell others (employees, partners…) about your ambitions.
6. Celebrate your success between milestones you do not have to wait for the goal to be achieved, just celebrate remaining focused and remember life is a journey.
7. Focus your thinking on new behaviours and thought patterns; create new neural pathways in your brain to change old habitual behaviours.
8. Do not race ahead of yourself judging what has not happened yet, focus on the present. ‘What is the one thing you can do today, right now, towards your goal’?
9. Be mindful, become physically, emotionally and mentally aware of your inner state as each external event happens and give yourself a break!
More important than what is why?
· Why do you to do what you do?
· Who or what is it all for?
· What is the point of what you do?
· What compels you?
· Why does it matter?
· Why YOU?
Answering these questions gives you a clear phase by which to energise your commitment and focus to achieving your goal or mission.
What reason WHY is so strong that when you tap into it, you have no choice but to achieve your goal or mission. This is like swooping a paddle canoe for a motor boat. Tapping into Your ‘Why’ is the focused energy that compels you forward.
What is your BIG Why?
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Janice B Gordon: The Problem Solver Business Growth Consultant, Mentor, Speaker and Author. Business Evolution – Creating Growth in a Rapidly Changing World will give you the guidance you need to evolve you and your business and exceed your customers wants and needs.