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Effective Goal Setting To Achieve Your Potential

 You’ve welcomed in the new year with a massive celebration that has left you with only a slight banging in your head, thank goodness you went for an expensive bottle of champers this year, a few dancing blisters and a list of  “goals” to achieve before you ring in 2015. So where do you start?
1.     Congratulate yourself for actually preparing a list in the first place.
Many people don’t even take this step. They TALK about making a list but never get around to it. These same people are generally unorganized, unsatisfied and constantly hoping that by magic, their life will somehow change.
2.     Let’s run a quick eye over these goals
Just quickly check to see if your goals are SMART. Specific, measurable, achievable/attainable, realistic and timed. Go through each specified goal and make sure they follow the SMART guidelines (i.e exactly what each word implies). Here’s an example:
Goal: Find a new job
Run SMART over this goal:
Q: Have you been Specific ?
A: Not really…what field do you want this job in, have much money do you want for the new role
Solution: Secure a full time role as a Personal Trainer in Sydney for New Outlook Fitness earning x dollars per month
Q: Is the goal Measurable
A: Will the goal cost money, time. Where will you look for this job? How many interviews will you attend?
Solution: Secure a full time role as a Personal Trainer in Sydney for New Outlook Fitness earning x dollars per month by attending at least 2 interviews per week searching jobsonline.com.au, speak to owner of company, ask for referrals, etc
Achievable/Attainable:
A: Is this goal within your skill set or do you need to studying/up skill etc. Also what is the likelihood of finding a job in three months is this “doable” (maybe you can add some extra time)
Q: Secure a full time role as a Personal Trainer in Sydney for New Outlook Fitness earning x dollars per month. Finish my cert 4 in fitness to ensure I have adequate education and skills for the role
Are you being Realistic:
Shoot for the stars but always research other options to fall back on. I know that sounds like a bit of oxymoron when setting goals to “achieve anything you want” but you’ve got to live in the real world as well.
 Q: Is the goal “Find a new job” Timed?
A: Secure a full time role as a Personal Trainer in Sydney for New Outlook Fitness earning 1 million dollars per month in the next three to six months.
There you go, a vague “find a new job” have now been turned into a real time, comprehensible goal, with measures in place and more of a defined idea of what you actually want.
3.     Who will keep you accountable?
Telling your friends and family about your goals can be both well received and meant with anxiety. Choose your council wisely and if you are happy keeping them to yourself, journaling is always a safe option.
4.     Who will you get advise from?
Always think about your “team”. Who will help you achieve your goal. If we go back to the job finding scenario, do you need a recruitment consultant or a friend to recommend you. If getting in shape/fit is a goal will you need a trainer, a program, a diet plan or some workout gear. Cover all bases and think outside the square in most cases. Don’t forget you’ll need your Negativity Blockers to ward off the haters/nasty bitches/molls/jealous people/energy vampires that may come your way. If necessary, have a little few words you say to yourself to remind you, something like “I accept your views but in no way do your views/opinion’s/words shape my life and who I am. I repel negative and hurtful things”
5.     Once you achieve your goal, what’s next?
Have you thought about the future? Thinking ahead keeps you on toes and your mind active! Will you conquer bigger hurdles? Or perhaps try a new direction when you have accomplished an important goal. Always look to better yourself- in ways that suit you. Don’t forget to commend and appreciate your achievements as well. Bathe in the satisfaction and go one step further with future goals. I love looking backing and “recapping” on previous years, seeing what hurdles I overcame, looking at before/afters of clients- that kind of thing.
Stay committed and focused in 2014. Don’t sell yourself short! 
x Nat  

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