As we rapidly approach the end of the year it is important to take time out to reflect on your achievements. Make a list of all the great things you have done in 2014, targets hit and/or new skills mastered. Think of new relationships formed and bridges mended where conflict had previously existed.

Check your performance against your personal goals for this year (I’m sure you reviewed progress throughout the year as well) and tick off those hit. For the ones that you didn’t hit, ask yourself why? In many cases it will be that the goal was not really that important to you, or perhaps it was too ambitious.

I read an article a few years ago that stated less than five percent of the UK working population had clearly defined business and personal goals. In my experience I think the actual percentage is one percent!

When I review people’s goals they usually consist of work related targets like promotion and personal goals consist of material things such as houses and cars. Very few of them include ‘softer skill’ goals like improving communication or being more empathetic.

Here are some good solid basic rules to help you plan for your 2015 goals:

  • Do NOT set a New Year’s Resolution/Goal unless YOU are willing to commit 100% to it. In surveys i read that just 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolution and 50% don’t even last a week
  • Goals are ‘personal’, do not list any goal that isn’t something YOU really want to achieve
  • Only choose goals that motivate YOU
  • Make a public commitment and tell other people what YOU will achieve, if they doubt you then use that as extra motivation
  • Plan mini goals as ‘stepping stones’ to the larger goal! YOU cannot climb a ladder that has no rungs
  • YOU must not only write your goals down but also have pictures to represent them
  • When talking to other people about your goals YOU must be able to clearly explain the why, as well as the what?
  • Once set YOU must ‘immerse’ yourself in your goals, have them written/pictured in numerous places, where you will see them on at least a daily basis
  • Be bold but also realistic, each goal MUST be something YOU have the capacity to deliver, or the capacity to learn to deliver
  • Remember that the only person responsible for all of the above is YOU!

Hope that helps YOU get the picture and good luck with all your goals for 2015.

One final thought! If your life goals don’t scare you a little bit, then you probably need to raise your expectations of yourself!

Have a very Happy New Year!