2010 – The Importance of Identifying Your Personal Achievements and Goal Planning

Everyone is thinking about their “New Years Resolutions”.

What if this year was the year you actually KEPT all your resolutions and achieved your goals?

Well, hang on to your hat. Because if your plan your goals and work your plan, you can do exactly that!

Creating and identifying your personal achievements is important to your business. Goals will help you stay motivated and help you break down what can be a momentous task into small manageable steps.

Here are some easy tips to help you create your own successful 2010 personal achievement plan:

#1 – Chart your goals. Keeping track of your goals is important. You may want to start by charting down all of your goals in one place where you can easily keep track of them. Give your goals estimated dates of accomplishment and reward yourself as you tick off your successes.

Keeping track of your goals in this manner will help you stay motivated and keep you moving in the right direction. Experts have agreed that we are more likely to stick to our plans if we have well-thought out and specific goals we’re aiming for. Charting your goals helps you do that.

#2 – Overcome your obstacles. We all have road blogs we need to find a way around. In business, it may be balancing your family life with work, or perhaps squeezing in time to build your business around your full-time job. Whatever your current situation, it may help to write down your obstacles together with a resolution plan to help you get over them.

If part of the road blocks are with close friends or family, talk to them and reach agreement on how to create a win-win for all involved. With your goals actually achieved, typically many more folks than you will win. It part of the “prizes” for the prices paid for your discipline to act and complete your plans.

For example, if you have very little time to build your business, write a realistic plan to keep you on track. Make sure you have agreement within your family to support your plans. Enroll them in your process. Even if you only have four hours a week, it’s much more realistic to write that down than to aim for ten hours and end up disappointed.

#3 – Celebrate your successes. Small and large. Both are as important. Many of us have goals which we strive for, but often times we only celebrate our big accomplishments. However, it’s important to celebrate the small successes just as much as the big ones. It’s all leading to the same end.

#4 – Get an accountability partner. A coach, a friend, a family member – but, someone who supports you and cares about you reaching your planned achievements. It’s funny how we are often better at getting things done because of others expectations – than our own. The accountability partner helps to keep you on track, ideally week to week. Just make sure you choose a partner who wants your success, since some are judgmental, skeptics, critics, or even saboteurs of your biggest dreams. So, trust who you’re sharing with!

#5 – Chunk things down. A good way to do this is to have smaller goals as well as large ones. Then chart down your progress and identify all of your achievements – big or small. It’s always easiest to eat the elephant one bite at a time, versus choking and quitting on the bigger pieces.

Taking time to celebrate your small, as well as large, achievements will give you a sense of accomplishment which may help you tackle your larger goals more quickly. You can celebrate with small treats such as purchasing that handbag you’ve wanted for months, treating yourself to a spa day or going out for a celebration dinner. It really doesn’t matter how you celebrate as long as you acknowledge your jobs well done.

And remember, goals change. It’s like reaching a finish line. When one race is done, another begins when it’s something you’re passionate about. The planning, tracking and accountability pieces of achievement are just good practices to keep you at the front of your desires!

To your greatest success ever in 2010!

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