I still have the empty champagne bottle that a friend gave to me as a gift to celebrate the publication of my first book. Why haven’t I thrown it away? It is a visual reminder that I set a goal, struggled to find the time to write it, finally moved past the excuses and wrote, edited and published a book. Popping that cork and celebrating and acknowledging a goal achieved is very memorable and a great feeling.
As a parent I try to make sure that we celebrate success in our family. Whether it be a student of the week award, academic award, a sporting achievement or simply putting in a lot of effort and trying ones best – celebrating is acknowledging the effort that has been put in. It doesn’t have to be big goals that you celebrate, however if you don’t take the time to celebrate and acknowledge it , time soon passes and another goal has been set and you move on.
Achieving a goal is a great feeling like no other. You will feel better about yourself and you will be more motivated to set the next one. Struggling to set your goals? Try these steps.
Decide what you really want to achieve. I do this every year, work out my goals for the year. Be sure to encourage your children to do the same.
Be specific about what you want, and set a deadline – put a timeframe to it. Then simply write it down. Have a notebook, a doc on your phone, a scrapbook or a corkboard but write it down - you must.
Make a plan of what is involved, the steps and then do it! No one else is going to do it for you. You have to take action. Without action nothing will get done and time will just simply pass by.
Read over your goals, daily is ideal but certainly weekly is okay too. The more you do this the better, this puts your goals into your brain and keeps you focused. Highly successful people do this one simple tip every morning when they wake and then every night when they go to bed.
Lastly, stay focused and never give up! Brian Tracy author says “All successful people are intensely goal-oriented. They know what they want and they are focused single-mindedly on achieving it, every single day. Your ability to set goals is the master skill of success. Goals unlock your positive mind and release ideas and energy for goal attainment. Without goals, you simply drift and flow on the currents of life. With goals, you fly like an arrow, straight and true to your target.” Remember to celebrate the successes.