Every Monday we wake up and say ‘ok, this week is when I start my diet, or my gratitude diary or breaking an old habit’. We make plans, we think of different goals, we try to stick to them the best way we can. We may even purchase items such as new workout gear to help us to get on our way and succeed in our goals, however, after a few days or maybe even a few weeks, old habit come back and we fail…the saying ‘old habits die hard’ did not come from nowhere. Maybe a few weeks or a month later you will try again, maybe you will decide that you are just not able to do this new task or goal and give up.
So why did you fail? You may have started committing to your resolution/goal/change with no real plan and you are asking yourself to change major habits. On top of that, you force them upon yourself, believing they will either ‘improve’ you or make you happier in your life some how some way. However, if you are forcing your goals and unhappy doing them, surly the results cannot make you any happier at the end. Do not make goals for goal’s sake.
Now, we are not saying not to have goals. Goals are important for us to have for the following reasons:
We can argue, these are all pretty strong reasons to have and set goals. So how do we make them not only stick, but turn into goals achieved?
Small steps and changes can lead to big results. But it is important to note, that these changes will only happen if you truly want them to happen. So think hard about your goals and what it is that you really want to achieve and be realistic with them. You will only fail if your heart is not in it, if you put too much pressure on yourself, and you try to bite more than you can chew in one go.
Remember, you are breaking big habits
to reach new goals – therefore, you need to
make small changes to make those goals work.
But what about goals to do with your career? What if your goal is a career change? Well, our steps to goal setting outlined above will not change. Write down what it is you want and then plan out the steps you will need to make to see those changes happen. Lucky for you, we have a great free career planning guide that will help you organise these changes.
It could mean you need to go back to study for re-skilling. Set a new goal for re-training. Take each step at a time, this way, you have broken down your goal into bite size pieces and you are working towards it, kicking one challenge at a time.
Just remember to be kind to yourself. Life happens and it can stop or delay some goals from being achieved. So when you look back at the end of the year, measure your goals and analyse any that were not met. Perhaps they will be goals to follow you into another year, or goals you may need to redefine, re-work or remove from your list all together.
If you want us to help and be part of your new goal journey, we would be excited to join you on the adventure. We can help you identify the right career path, resumé re-work, interview skills and update your socials to reflect the new career you.
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