I heard back from a lot of you on my previous blog about keeping New Year’s Resolutions, so now that we are all headed back to the grind, I wanted to give you some more helpful tools as you set your 2017 goals.
I will use a client as an example to show you how you can use these practical steps to accomplish something big. My client has given me permission to do so, but to protect her from the paparazzi that will no doubt ensue from being mentioned on my blog, let’s call her Susan.
Susan asked that I coach her budding professional career in the theater/film industry. Like many of us, Susan wanted to discover the right path to match her career pursuit with her gifts. The first thing I asked Susan to do was to dream a bit. I asked her to define what would be her ultimate job in the film/theater industry.
Without hesitation, Susan excitedly said, “To be a director.” Then quickly added, “But that is almost impossible given my current experience in the profession.”
Susan did what most of us do when we think about big goals. She saw where she wanted to go, then doubted. The thought of going from where we are to where we want to go discourages most people because the distance seems overwhelming. The end is actually a great place to start, but trying to eat the elephant in one sitting will make you choke. Break it down into bite-sized morsels.
Susan and I decided the STRETCH or DREAM goal for her would be to get an assistant director position. This would be a lofty, yet attainable goal given her current status in the business. To reach her goal, Susan needed three things:
(1) To know the right people
(2) To gain precise, targeted experience in the industry
(3) To keep her creative spear sharp so she could take a stab at something when the opportunity came.
Here’s what it looked like on paper:
So what might this look like for a very popular resolution every year?
Well, let’s say you snuck too many candied pecans when the rest of the family wasn’t looking at Christmas. (I have no idea why I thought of this.)
Here is an example that you might use to lose ten pounds over a few months:
As I mentioned in my previous blog, you have probably recognized the three components to achieve important goals.
(1) Think big, then…
(2) Think small, then…
(3) Get help!
I won’t bore you with all the psychology behind this rationale, but thinking big gets us excited, focusing on the small stuff that we can control increases our willpower, and involving others keeps us accountable when we want to quit!
Oh, and writing it down is very helpful too, which is why I am giving you this blank template for you to print! Happy goal achievement in 2017!