At Jonathan Wesley we focus on setting goals year-round. This time of year is no exception, especially because this is where we set our annual goals for all of 2019. From there, we will break them down into quarterly, monthly, weekly, etc. Over the past decade, we have realized that many people set goals, but fewer people follow through on them. There are a lot of factors that can play into why someone would or would not accomplish their goals but we sum it up to goal accountability.
Jonathan Wesley Inc’s 9 Steps for Goal Accountability:
1. Make 1–2 strong goals — Instead of setting a lot of goals and hoping that one of them sticks, focus on 1–2 goals that when you accomplish will greatly impact your life. This allows for a strong clear focus.
2. Don’t re-visit past failures, but focus on new resolutions instead — Maybe you set goals in the past that you did not hit. The past is the past. Decide on something you can look forward to working on this year.
3. Focus on what you really want — don’t just go with what’s trendy — Take the time to really think about what you want and need in your life. What can you accomplish that will have a positive influence on you? This is your life and you need to make sure you are setting goals to help YOU be successful.
4. Break your goal into manageable, concrete steps with specific deadlines- If you take anything from this blog, this is the one. Any goal you set is going to seem big, far away and sometimes unattainable. Setting small goals that can be benchmarks along the way to your big goal is going to give you a stepping stone, help you get closer little by little and relieve the presser of how big your end goal is.
5. Go public — tell your friends, family, and social networks about your goals- Once you tell someone your goals out loud, there is another level of accountability. It’s another person (or group) who will provide support as well as decrease your fear of failure because they’ll be expecting you to hit your goals.
6. Create a vision/checklist focusing on how much better your life will be once you’ve achieved your goals — There will be times you might feel discouraged. Remind yourself why you set this goal and how it is going to help you grow.
7. Give yourself small rewards for meeting small benchmarks — In a long journey to your goal don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.
8. Document your journey-tracking your progress will keep it concrete — It is important to track your goals because you might not realize how much you’ve accomplished along the way. Once you look at the interim results you will see you’ve gotten farther than you thought.
9. Don’t beat yourself up and quit if you sometimes revert to old habits — just treat it as a temporary setback — The goals you set should not be easy. This will mean that there are going to be setbacks. A setback is a learning opportunity. It is a chance for you to reflect and reevaluate where you stand with your goal. As the saying goes, “take one step back and two steps forward”.
These are all very simple tasks but the commitment and follow through is going to be the difference of hitting a goal or falling short. Take a couple minutes out of your day to really think about your goals and how you are going to hold yourself accountable.
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