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How to set yourself up for success

Written by Leanne Webber


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So you want to succeed in 2020? You’ve got big goals and you are excited to tick them all off. But wasn’t that the same at the beginning of 2019?

The challenge with big goals is that to achieve them, it takes many, many small steps over a period of time and most of us don’t actually take the time to break these big goals down into achievable action items.

So? We hope and wish that our big goals and dreams come true and usually we’re pretty disappointed when they don’t.

Well, I’m here to tell you that you can absolutely achieve everything you want in 2020. And I’m going to show you how!

Firstly, below are some reasons and explanations of why we don’t achieve the goals we set. Are you guilty of any of these?

1. We don’t spend time working ON our business. We spend all of our time completing client work.
2. We don’t have any accountability so we always push our own goals and deadlines to the side.
3. We are surrounded by small minds – meaning people that don’t encourage us to think big and keep us playing small.
4. We have a lack of purpose and vision.
5. We have too much actual work to do! So by the time we get around to taking care of ourselves and our businesses, we’re exhausted!
6. We let fear hold us back.
7. We don’t have standards for our life and business.
8. And finally, sometimes life just happens.

So, how can we make sure none of these reasons are what stops us from achieving our goals in 2020?

1. We don’t spend time working ON the business. We spend all of our time completing client work.

+ Allocate non-negotiable time to work on your business every week!

+ Treat your own business as a client

2. We don’t have any accountability so we always push our own goals and deadlines to the side.

+ Find a buddy

+ Join a mastermind

+ Hire a coach (better for short term goals) 

3. We are surrounded by small minds – meaning people that don’t encourage us to think big and keep us playing small.

+ Go to networking events

+ ‘Find your five’ – five people that you can rely on to keep you pushing yourself

+ Have an honest and open conversation with your family and friends and explain your big vision to them properly

4. We have a lack of purpose and vision.

+ Hire a coach to help you find clarity (In Progress has some great ones to choose from!)

+ Take time away from social media and then journal what YOU want, what YOU enjoy, what YOU see in your future – try to avoid the comparison trap!

5. We have too much actual work to do! So by the time we get around to taking care of ourselves and our businesses, we’re exhausted!

+ Work out how many clients you can look after while still having wiggle room in your calendar

+ Stop saying yes to every client that comes your way

+ Again…lock in non-negotiable time and treat your business as a client

6. We let fear hold us back.

+ Take small steps 

+ OR take a huge leap and dive straight in

+ Have an accountability partner

7. We don’t have standards for our life and business.

+ Set some non-negotiable standards that align with your goals (e.g. you want to get healthy – a standard might be exercising 4 times per week)

+ If you want to bail on your standard, take five minutes to imagine your future self looking back at you – would they be disappointed?!

8. And finally, sometimes life just happens.

+ Take time out

+ Don’t beat yourself up for taking time out!

+ Reward yourself for getting small tasks done

+ Choose fun tasks to start with. Action leads to more action so if you start with something fun you will be more likely to actually start.

Now that you are prepared, let’s actually break everything down to make it super simple to achieve your goals – no #overwhelm here!

| STEP ONE |

Take five minutes in your own space with no distractions to close your eyes and imagine…

+ What your life looks like in 12 months time

+ What your business looks like in 12 months time

+ Think about where you are now and what you want to improve or change

+ Do NOT compare yourself or your vision to anyone else

+ What is the true vision for your business

Now, choose 4-6 goals that you would like to accomplish in the next 12 months (these can be all business or a combination of business and personal – up to you).

I’m sure most of you have heard of S.M.A.R.T goal setting – this is definitely relevant here. For example, there’s no point having a goal “I want to be healthy” as that’s not really trackable. A different version might be “I want to prioritise my health and wellness by keeping my weight consistent, making healthy choices when I am out and spending 3 hours per week on bettering myself”. 

Remember – it’s really common that we overestimate what we can achieve in one year, and underestimate what we can achieve in five years so keep them big, but also realistic.

| STEP TWO |

Let’s break these 12 month goals into smaller monthly goals. To do this, ask yourself… “what does this goal look like on a smaller scale?”

Here are some examples to help you…

BIG GOAL: 

I want to speak onstage at an event to an audience of 200 health professionals

MONTHLY GOAL: 

Speak at one event per month to build my portfolio

BIG GOAL: 

I want to lose six kilos

MONTHLY GOAL:

I want to lose 500 grams per month

Can you see how this combats the overwhelm and makes it easy for us to action?! Well, it’s about to get even easier.

| STEP THREE |

Breaking these down into weekly action items. For this step, ask yourself… “what can I do each week to get ensure I achieve my monthly goal?” Here are some examples to help…

BIG GOAL: 

I want to speak onstage to an audience of 200 health professionals

MONTHLY GOAL: 

Speak at one event per month to build my portfolio

WEEKLY ACTION ITEMS: 

+ Add to my list any new events I’ve found

+ Reach out to 5 event coordinators to pitch myself as a speaker

BIG GOAL: 

I want to lose six kilos

MONTHLY GOAL: 

I want to lose 500 grams per month

WEEKLY ACTION ITEMS:

+ Exercise 3-4 times per week

+ Plan meals for the week on Sunday

+ Do grocery shopping on a full stomach

+ Choose the healthiest option when eating out 

| STEP FOUR |

Okay, now for the fun part! I am a strong believer in the saying “Action leads to more action” so, what can you action right now to get you started on each goal? Let’s use the above as examples again…

BIG GOAL: 

I want to speak onstage to an audience of 200 health professionals

MONTHLY GOAL: 

Speak at one event per month to build my portfolio

WEEKLY ACTION ITEMS: 

+ Add to my list any new events I’ve found

+ Reach out to 5 event coordinators to pitch myself as a speaker

TODAY’S ACTION ITEM!:

+ Create a speaker document and pitch email template

(OR) 

+ Create a Hit List spreadsheet (a list of events and coordinators to reach out to)

BIG GOAL: 

I want to lose six kilos

MONTHLY GOAL: 

I want to lose 500 grams per month

WEEKLY ACTION ITEMS:

+ Exercise 3-4 times per week

+ Plan meals for the week on Sunday

+ Do grocery shopping on a full stomach

+ Choose the healthiest option when eating out

TODAY’S ACTION ITEM!:

+ Find a gym

(OR) 

+ Do a workout

By doing these four steps, we are so much more likely to achieve our goals as we are integrating them into our weekly work – it’s as simple as adding it onto your to do list or setting some time aside each week. ■

If you need any further help with setting your goals or breaking them down, you are more than welcome to email me on leanne@thefoundersteam.com.au or DM me on instagram @the.founders.team

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