As we near the end of this funny old year, we draw closer to the widely anticipated new, and with that comes setting the dreaded New Year’s Resolution.
In a world full of hares, we need to take some tips from the tortoise – particularly amidst uncertainty – it’s important to take a step back and reflect on what we really want and how we are going to get there.
Whether it’s grappling with our app-addled brains, craving for more sleep or simply switching to a more ‘glass-half-full’ approach to life, it’s always important to set ourselves goals. But should we be setting goals more often, than just limiting ourselves to just the cliché, ‘New Year, New Me’?
On Tuesday 17th November 2020, Sue Gee and Dave Verburg sat down for our monthly webinar to tell us why goal setting is so important all year round, and why they are paramount to achieving results. From being agile and accountable to not being afraid, here is what we learnt.
1. Know what it is you want to achieve
It may sound obvious but sit-down and think about what it is you really want to achieve out of the goal you are setting. Think about it this way, if you set your goal to run a 5K, is that your real goal? Maybe its broader. Its really to be fit and healthy, which in-turn will help you run your 5K.
“The key to achievement is to break goals into bite size chunks which will align with keeping motivation throughout meeting your goal.”
Therefore, it might be that your goals may just be too big. Ultimately your goals need breaking down into smaller goals which will be the catalyst to establishing the bigger picture.
2. There are many ways you can structure your goals
Goal setting is personal to you, and there are a number of tools available to mould your goals to become achievable. You may be familiar with Doran’s SMART model often used in a number of business and academic goal setting structures.
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-related
Although this model is ideal in a business-setting when used correctly, it may not suit someone with personal goals. Instead, looking at a model more specific is recommended.
- Know – what you want to achieve
- Plan – the better clarity before commencing the more likelihood of achieving
- Milestones – have key success markers
- Review – regularly
One of the key points out of this though is not to be frightened to tweak and amend them.
3. Be honest with yourself
One of the hardest things to achieving your goal is the self-reflection needed beforehand. Have you really taken the time to think through and plan these goals? Do you have the time capacity to achieve it? Have you got the resources?
Once you have answered these questions and re-evaluated what it is you really want to achieve, there will be less of chance of procrastination.
Don’t be afraid to tell people your goals. Write them down to remind you. Keep them on your fridge or at the bottom of your computer screen. Once your goals have been manifested this could encourage you to meet them.
If you want to find out more about what Sue and Dave had to say about goal setting, you can find the recording of the webinar here.
Next month’s webinar is an exciting one. Prosper² will be welcoming Karen Pearson from Jackson & Green Accountants where she will be talking about how you can manage your tax liabilities so that it doesn’t kill you cash flow. We promise it’s one not to be missed!