Goal setting, a coach’s favourite topic!  But just before we get carried away with the possibilities of a new year, take a reflective moment to consider what you’ve achieved this year. Cast your mind back to this time last year and just notice how much has happened since then.

So what have you achieved and what has enabled that? Was it actions you took, specific behaviours or a turn of events? It may be down to skills, planning or perhaps you’ve had the right environment or support. Which of these aspects do you want more of in 2019?

And how about our failures this year? We are human and we make mistakes on the path to success.  Taking the time to forensically examine where we went wrong can be far more revealing. Just like success, for every failure we took a number of steps which gave us a result. Which specific steps might we change next time to get a different outcome?

Are you ready to ignite your 2019? 

As the new year approaches you can create motivating goals plus the conditions that will help you achieve them.  Neuroscience tells us that it is much easier for the brain to process a goal when we state it positively. If we then share this with friends or workmates we can gain some encouragement (and accountability!).

Here are Lighting Fires five top tips for setting motivating goals for 2019:

  1. Positive goal setting: State your goals in positive, measurable terms, e.g. “I will deliver this project successfully by the 31st March” or “By the end of January I will have gained five new clients”.
  2. Use your senses: Create a really vivid idea in your mind of yourself achieving this goal. Use all of your senses to bring it to life, e.g. if you want to start running some workshops, imagine yourself stood at the front of the room, looking out at a crowd listening with curiosity and questions.
    Notice how you are feeling, you may be enjoying yourself and can feel a little flutter of excitement. You can smell the coffee and taste the pastries provided for your guests. Step in to that moment and feel it.
  3. Check who is in charge: Is this goal fully within your control? Or do you need others support to achieve it? If so, think about what could be in it for them and find a date to talk it through.
  4. Consider the context: Where is the outcome of your goal setting going to take place? When? With whom? Think about whether the result will fit with your lifestyle, your family and your organisation? If not, what can you do to make this work?
  5. Keeping the positives: By making these changes and achieving your goal you could find you lose some of the positives of your current situation.
    This could derail your motivation so consider, how might you keep those positives as you transition to achieving your goal.e.g. if you currently work from home and a new role involves travel, how might you maintain one day a week working from home and all the benefits that that brings?

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