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How to ensure you achieve your goals!

At 11.45pm each December 31st, with a drink in one hand, millions of people talk about things they intend to achieve. Things that, for most, will not happen! Very often, following this tradition at New Year is the only reason why. And, for most people, it doesn’t prove to be a strong enough motive to actually do something. This is why New Year resolutions don’t work.

Make yourself a promise to ditch the tradition. If there really are things you want to achieve, plan in some dedicated thinking time. Time to define your goals. Goals that you want to make sure you achieve. Put yourself in the best position possible to achieve these goals.


“You will never find time for anything.
If you want the time, you must make it.”
Charles Buxton


Make a list of the things you want to achieve. Then check the strength of your reason why. Go through the list one by one and note down on a scale of 1–10, where 1 is low and 10 is high, how strong your reason why is for wanting to make that difference.


How to ensure you achieve your goals!


Where you’ve given yourself a score of 5 or less, realise that everything in your life with a reason why on this scale of 6 or above, is going to come first. Now’s the time to reassess if you’re really bothered enough to do anything.  If in your heart of hearts, you know that your reason why not is stronger than your reason why, either choose to do nothing or choose to think differently. If you define these things as goals it’s unlikely that they will be achieved.


Tip: Make the reason why stronger than the reason not!


For the things where the reason why is strong enough, define yourself a clear goal.  Our blog ’11 Top Tips for defining goals with clarity’, will help you with this.

Now, for each well-defined goal measure your levels of self-belief. Well-defined meaning it has a timescale attached it and specific measures of success. Do you believe the goal is achievable? Do you believe you have what it takes to achieve it? Use the 1 to 10 scale again to check the strength of your self-belief. A score of less than 5 indicates that you have more self-doubt than self-belief.

This gives you some choices. You could look at the timescale and give yourself longer to achieve the goal. You could look at the measures of success and change them to something more achievable. You could decide to develop your skills and abilities to help you achieve the goal. You could decide the goal is unachievable and focus on other goals instead. The choice is yours.


How to ensure you achieve your goals!


Measuring your reason why and self-belief before you start working out how to achieve your goal will set you up for success. Not just with goals for a new year, but any goal you want to achieve at any time.

So, avoid those New Year resolutions and plan in time to do some quality thinking about the goals you want to achieve.


This blog is adapted from content in our free e-book ‘How to achieve what you want, when you want!’ This e-book gives you an overview of the Go MAD® Results Framework. This blog has touched on three of the seven  principles within the Framework: Reason Why, Define Goal and Self-belief. Applying all principles that make up the Framework will greatly improve your likelihood of success.

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