Are feeling excited to take on a new year? I love this time as I start to make fresh plans and dream up my next bigger, bolder goals. You can’t ever dream too big but you can dream too much and neglect to get the details in place. I’ve been guilty of this plenty of times.
So I’ve put together my 9 essential success steps (divided into three easy categories) for any goal to help you take those beautiful dreams, clearly set the goal and set yourself up to follow through with conviction.
#1 - Don't leave your idea as a vague idea
One of the worst things you can do is keep your goal general or vague because you won’t know the most effective actions to take to get you there. It’s similar to wanting to go to the Opera House but putting Sydney as your destination into the nav system. You’re going to spend most of your time sitting in noisy traffic wondering what turn to take.
Clarity is a must.
Once you’re clear on what you actually want, write it out as a specific goal. “I reach the Opera House by 7 pm on 22/12/2021 to see the show in the Joan Sutherland Theatre.” This way you know where you want to end up, by when you need to be there, and what the final result looks like.
Specificity is a must.
With clarity and specificity comes the ability to make a step-by-step plan. You’ll be able to decide when you need to start travelling, the right route to get there, any potential roadblocks or obstacles, and the resources you’ll need. You make step-by-step plans every day for a multitude of small goals, mostly without thinking too much about them. Your bigger goals are no different.
Planning is a must.
#2 - Commit to your goal
Now you’ve got a goal you must commit to it by deciding that it will happen. There’s no turning back and whatever comes your way, you will do it. Any goal you’ve set needs to be compelling enough that you won’t give yourself any easy outs. Make up your mind that your goal is a ‘must’ not just something that would be nice if you happen to pull it off.
Decisiveness is a must.
Setting goals is easy but finding the courage to follow through on them can be tricky. You might have to dig deep and find that desire and drive inside of you that will make it happen. The important thing here is that when you do find your courage, you need to keep reminding yourself of how brave and capable you are, and fully commit to making it happen. Learn how to work through the inevitable resistance and take action on your goal, even when it scares you.
Courage is a must.
Remind yourself daily of what you are working toward and the results you are committed to. Keeping your goal written where you can see it is a great idea, or a vision board or speaking out your goal. Now you’ve got your brain on board for taking action and keeping your goal at the forefront of your mind.
Focus is a must.
#3 - You must have accountability to yourself and others
Make sure your goal has a deadline so you’re newfound focus stays on track and you feel the pressure of needing to get things done. You may be one of the rare super organised types but the majority of people will take a week to do something that they have a week to do. Keep your deadlines (timelines, datelines, timeframes) realistic and achievable but definite.
Timeframes are a must.
Share your goal, your commitment and your timeframe with someone you trust, an accountability buddy or your coach. External accountability works wonders when it comes to taking action, so make your big, bold goals known.
Accountability is a must.
Finally, have a reward waiting for you when you reach your goal. This is a great motivator along the way and an important part of celebrating your achievements once you get there. Your reward can be anything that is meaningful to you.
Celebrating is a must.
Clarity, commitment and accountability will make all the difference to following through on your bold goals. I’ve tried to skip some of these steps in the past and got a first-hand lesson in how to effectively waste time and effort.
What are you dreaming up for next year? I would love to hear about it if you want to connect with me on socials or send me an email.
If things are still feeling a little vague for you, why not grab a copy of my free ‘Design Your Life’ workbook and get planning. Dream up something big and beautiful and then follow the nine steps above to bring it to life.
Meet Melissa Kay
A mother, lover of life, personal growth, and good coffee, Melissa has a passion for inspiring and helping others to dream big and take action. She owns and runs Melissa Kay Coaching where she focuses on empowerment and lasting transformation, so her clients can create a life and business they truly love.
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Melissa Kay Schulz
Coffee lover, mother, salsa dancer and mindset coach for entrepreneurs.