Imagine you are standing center court at the tip of the free throw line ready to make the biggest shot of your life. The shot clearly determines your ability to move forward in life. It impacts how successful you will be beyond that very moment; everything depends on the shot. If you do not have a clear focus on your aim, it is highly possible that making the shot will not happen. If you do have a focused aim, it is likely that you will hit nothing but net and you will surely be ready to stake claim to all the success you have envisioned.
Your life and its successes is the distinct efforts in your ability to focus and have good aim. The focus being your clearly defined plans that you set forth. The good aim being your capacity to take action as precisely as possible; the form you use. As you prepare to move into 2017, it is important that you start taking evaluation in the way in which you will choose to focus and the aims you will make. Consider all of this when developing your New Year’s resolutions. Below are some formulated steps you can take for your focus and aim to help make 2017 as productive and successful as possible.
The key to the focus portion of developing your resolution is to be realistic and write down each goal. Be sure that the resources required to achieve the goals are attainable. Be honest in what you want to achieve. Do not set goals that satisfy someone else’s desires. They must be your own. Also, writing the goals down is like making a contractual agreement with yourself that you will do everything you can to actually achieve each one. Without them being written down it is easy to get off track and forget what you wanted to achieve. You can better hold yourself accountable with realistic and written goals.
- Review the goals you set for 2016. Did you succeed at all of them? Did some of the goals have to be modified, delayed, or even eliminated? If you have any unmet goals from 2016, determine if they should become goals for 2017. If you want to achieve those unmet goals, write each one of them down.
- Define the new goals you want to set for 2017. Who do you want to become? Where do you see yourself by mid-year? Where do you want to go? Think about every aspect of what 2017 looks like for you and write each of those goals down.
- Categorize each goal into the different areas of life. Aligning each goal with the similar life impact can increase the perspective of their importance. Write each goal under the respective category.
- You should now have an inclusive written and realistic list of all the goals you would like to achieve for 2017. For each goal you have established, now organize them by priority. Which are the most important to you? Which ones are you absolutely not ok with not achieving in 2017? Which ones are there consequences for not achieving? These are the goals that you want to put at the top of your list. The goals with less meaning to you or less impact should be placed at the bottom of your list.
The strategy behind the aim is knowing exactly how you will make each goal happen. If you have set a goal, there should be an action or actions required to implement the goal.
- Review your prioritized list and write a detailed action plan for each. What is the first step? What is the last step? What steps in between will make the goal achieved? If your goal is to begin a trade school program, then your steps should begin with researching schools that have your trade available and their requirements for enrollment. Then you would begin the application process, and so on until you have enrolled and begin classes. There is no such thing as wanting something and not putting in the work. Your action plan helps to start the work. It helps you to better visualize what is required and serves as a road map to completion.
- Assign deadlines to each goal. Some goals take longer than others to achieve. Just like writing a goal down, if you do not assign a deadline, it is likely that the road to achieving it could be never-ending. Determine if the goals should end during a particular month or quarter or even on a specific date.
- Be positive, believe in yourself and just shoot! There is no way you can achieve any goal with an unhealthy outlook. The road to achieving anything will come with some level of challenge, so a healthy and positive attitude is the ultimate counter action. As you work on each goal, be sure to keep things in perspective.
- As the year goes on, be sure to celebrate and recognize all of the milestones and completions of any goals that you set. Check the achieved goals off of your list. Doing so, enhances your ability to be positive in knowing that your goals and those you are still working on are achievable!
With the right focus and aim, your New Year’s resolutions have a greater chance of ensuring that you look back in the coming December feeling accomplished and complete; having hit nothing but net!