7 April 2015

Have you ever found yourself struggling to achieve a goal, whether personal or professional?

The Maldives, where Gail and I set new goals each year

The Maldives, where Gail and I set new goals each year

I often talk about the power of goal-setting and writing down your ambitions, no matter how huge or unlikely they might seem. I can’t stress the importance of this process enough, as in my experience it has been completely life-changing. However, there are additional steps you can take if you are struggling to hit your target.

Firstly, never underestimate the power of telling people about your goals. Have you ever heard the saying, ‘Fake it ’til you make it’? Well, it’s particularly useful in this situation, as the more people you tell about your goal, the more people you have to hold you accountable! Be clear and careful about the intentions you voice out loud.

If you want to be successful at something, use positive words and phrases when discussing your progress. If you catch yourself thinking or saying things like: ‘It’s probably out of my grasp’, then it might be time to have a word with yourself. Nothing is out of your grasp unless you believe that it is.

One question I often get asked is what to do when friends, family or colleagues don’t support your goals. In this situation, harsh as it might sound, you have to distance yourself from negative influences and find people with the same kind of goal so you can reinforce each other’s belief. Achieving goals is all about giving yourself the best possible chance at succeeding, and this includes the environment you’re in, the voice in your own head, and the people who surround you.

Best of luck if you’re working towards achieving something you’re passionate about. Let me know how you get on.

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