2016 has got started, a brand new year with 365 full days. In terms of time we all are equal. We all have 12 months a year, 7 days a week and 24 hours each day. So, how is your 2016 going to look like? Have you already set your targets? Have you got a plan? The following couple of paragraphs may motivate you think about what you are going to achieve in 2016. Are you ready?
Set SMART targets for 2016
Give it a really good thought. What do you need to achieve in 2016? Imagine, it is now December 24th, 2016 and you are reviewing what you have done and achieved in 2016. What will make you feel smile and satisfied about 2016? What could make you proud of yourself? Give it a name and call it! Are you going to get promoted? Are you going to get selected in the final national formation team of your professional sport? Are you going to finish your study? Are you going to find your dream job? Are you going to set your own business? Are you going to become the CEO of the company you work for?
What is the greatest dream (the game changer) on your wish list? Put it on paper and read it convincingly. Visualize how it will feel, when you realize that one dream in 2016. Examples:
- By the end of December 2016 I am the CIO of company X.
- By the end of June 2016 I am a certified Lean Master.
Have a plan
If you don’t have a plan, you’ll become a part of other man’s plan.
And actually you may still be lucky if you belong to any plan, at all. However, if you turn it around and make your own plans, the game will get changed. Others may become a part of your plan. Do you agree? So, think and make a plan to achieve your targets in 2016, put it on paper and or on your mobile device. The plan is about how you are going to achieve your target (i.e. your dream job) in 2016. Imagine, your target is travelling from Amsterdam to Tokyo. How are you going to get there? By air, see, balloon? When? For how long? What resources do you need? Whom should you talk with? How much budget do you have available? And so on.
Set a SMART action list
A plan without an action list looks like a bird without wings.
So, it doesn’t fly. Make your plan fly. Complete your plan with a SMART set of actions. Define what ingredients you need to make your plan work. For example you want to build a house. So think about things like budget, size, type, location, architecture and starting day. Put it on paper and check the feasibility of the actions. When is your architecture plan ready? Who is going to do it? Who is going to build the house and when is the starting date? Do you need to finance the house by a mortgage? Do you have an appointment with your target bank? What is your pitch to get a loan? And so on.
They are not the smartest ones who achieve their goals but mostly those who consistently pursue their targets believing in their missions. Just look around you and you will see how others successfully make their living. If they seem to have a life better than yours, are they really more intelligent than you? I believe, intelligence is a gift, but if the gift is not used properly, no brilliant change may come to the life of the intelligent ones. Do you agree? If you do, then use all the intelligence you have and remain committed to your target. Have respect for the promise you have made to yourself.
Don’t change the target but the plan
Remember, great targets are not achieved overnight. There will be failures, frustrations and down days during your journey to your destination. But the sun will not remain behind the mountains forever. So, remain committed to your target. If the plan does not work, do not change the target but start with questioning the actions you have taken. In some cases, all you need to change is the action, not even the plan. And remember, if you keep doing the same every time, you will get the same every time. You want to get something different, then you need to do something different.
Define and take baby steps
Big steps require big energy and braveness to take big risks. However, when we break huge things into smaller parts we get braver to take smaller portions of risk. Does it make sense? It seems quit challenging if you are going to participate in the New York City Marathon while you hardly can walk 2 KMs. You can’t say, “I don’t know how I can get there, but I wanna give it a try”. But imagine, next to setting the target (I will participate in the New York City Marathon this year.) you plan to train 3 x a week. You also commit to run 500 meters extra every time you train. In this way you will get ready to run the Marathon.
Start with small baby steps, remain consistent, gear up gradually and you will surprisingly celebrate finishing the New York City Marathon.
Ask for support, when you need to
We all can use a little bit of support from time to time. So, if you feel you don’t know how to start, how to move on and how to overcome the bottlenecks, look around and ask for support. Friends, teachers, colleagues, managers, mentors and coaches may help you out. If no one around can successfully help you out, please feel free to reach out to ImOcean Academy. We will be pleased to help you realize your dream.
About the author
Hamid Safaei is the founder of ImOcean Academy. He is a qualified executive coach helping executives and high potentials unleash their potential. Hamid has led successful business transformations for a number of Fortune Global 500.
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