Yep, it’s that time of year where people come up with resolutions for the new year and reflect on the year just gone.
I love the reflecting part.
2018 has been a crazy whirlwind of a year for me, filled with huge leaps forward and big wins. I’ve achieved things that I’ve dreamed about for so many years - I’m bursting to shout about it and it’s killing me to have to keep a lid on it for a little longer! I’ve set myself challenges, thrown myself out of my comfort zone and pushed myself further than I realised was possible. I’ve learned lots, laughed lots and made some fundamental changes to my lifestyle, which has resulted in a happier and healthier me. Get the person right and professional success is far more likely to follow.
It hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows though. There have been some fairly spectacular failures and I’ve hit setbacks that have dragged me backwards to some pretty rubbish places. Whilst these experiences aren’t enjoyable, they create a springboard to learn, grow and develop. When things go wrong there is only really one direction you can move and that’s forwards. I picked myself up, dusted myself off and modified the plan – and in doing so learned that I am more than a match for anything thrown my way at me.
I’ve left 2018 on a high and I’m super excited for 2019. The destination has been set, the plans are in place and I am going to make it a success.
I don’t do resolutions. It’s a bit like playing snakes and ladders, where you start off making some impressive strides forward but a few moves later find yourself plummeting backwards. Good intentions aren’t motivating enough to keep lasting momentum, especially if they are not backed up by the right mindset, strategy and action. What I do instead is set goals.
Goal setting isn’t the most glamorous part of the job, but it is one of the most important. This is your roadmap to help you get to success as quickly and easily as possible. Coming up with a clear plan allows us to focus our time and attention in the right places and make the best use of the resources available to us. Goals can help us with some of the big decisions we have to make, giving us the confidence to know that we are making the right choices. They’re motivating, they make us accountable and provide us with a sense of purpose.
And it is super important that they are centred around the following three elements:
MINDSET + STRATEGY + ACTION
A big part of goal setting is checking in with yourself regularly. No plan will ever go exactly to plan and it needs to be monitored and adapted regularly. The start of the year is a great opportunity to assess where you are in relation to that big goal and ask yourself the following three questions:
This whole idea of New Year, New You is ridiculous. We don’t need a new you because you are already capable of success. However, there are steps you can take to help you maximise your potential and get the results you want. The aim is to develop those unique characteristics that have got you where you are today and build a more confident, more successful and more resilient youwith a really clear plan moving forwards.
And remember, whilst the aim is to get to the destination it’s really important to enjoy the journey!
If you aren’t sure about the direction your life is going in, you feel that something is missing, or the thing you really want is so far out of your comfort zone you aren’t sure how to tackle it I would love to help you. I developed my own goal-setting model that helped me win not one, but two consecutive Paralympic gold medals, five World Championship titles and remain World Number 1 for my entire career. It didn’t happen by accident and this tried and tested blueprint can be all yours if you want to give your life purpose, direction and clarity.
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