Happy new month! I hope you are keeping safe wherever you are right now. A new month always feels to me like a reset button, a chance to reflect, refresh and renew my focus on my goal plan.
I know that this is not the easiest time to think about goals, and plans with all the uncertainty about how the next few days, months and even year will turn out to be. While watching the latest episode of Moneyheist seems to be the answer to your problems right now, the world will still be waiting for us to conquer it after this pandemic is over…
- Bills still have to be paid
- Responsibilities still have to be met
- Work from home will not last forever, and
- The world as we know it will never be the same
So while you still have the extra time to think about things, this might just be the perfect time to reflect on what you have achieved in the first 4 months of the year against your plans, and renew or refresh your short-term and long-term goal strategy.
These are a few things that you can do to look forward to this goal plan exercise, and make it easier to keep accountable to the goals that you committed to achieving this year:
REMEMBER YOUR WHY
Remembering why you made the commitment in the first place always helps in keeping focused to your goal plan. It’s so easy to get into a rut, or get so busy with the everyday hustle that you forget about the big picture and where you are going in your life.
If you can confidently say “I am not doing X because it is not a priority”, then you probably don’t have a strong WHY, and you need to remove it from your goal plan or get a strong reason for pursuing it.
ITS ALL ABOUT MINDSET
I am a strong believer in positive thinking and affirmations. My favorite quote by Henry Ford says “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, either way you are right”.
You are the only one who is holding yourself back. Feed your mind with positive thoughts and keep visualizing your goal plans, and watch how powerful this will be, in turning your thoughts into physical actions that you take everyday to reach your goals.
CREATE A WORKABLE SYSTEM
I have come to realise that it’s not only children who thrive on routines. Adults also thrive on routines. I have created a system to note down and keep track of my long-term and short-term goals, the actions that I need to complete for each goal and the date by when I need to have completed each action.
I use a combination of software apps and my own goal planner to keep my goals organised and easy to access, track, change and update. More on this to come this month!
REVIEW YOUR GOALS REGULARLY
I have a copy of my goals on my vision board in my bedroom, and in my handbag. This makes it almost impossible for a day to pass without me coming across my goals. I would strongly advocate for a vision board, as it helps you to not only remember your why, but to create pictures in your mind that will fuel a positive mindset that you need to reach these goals.
BREAK YOUR GOALS DOWN INTO WORKABLE ACTIONS
A goal is just a wish if it doesn’t have an actionable plan. I like to break down my goals into action plans that I can turn into daily habits and routines. Check out my post here where I talk about the power of positive habits and routines.
YOU GOT THIS!
Remember that you are the master of your destiny, and only you truly have what it takes to get to where you want to be. But there is no easy way to getting there. No succesful person is succesful by chance, it took years of hard work, focus and GOAL SETTING & ACCOUNTABILITY to get there.
Next week, I will come back with a post showing exactly how I used my goal planning system to keep track of my financial plans for Q1 2020.
What are your “non-negotiables” when it comes to keeping focused and staying accountable to your goals?