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NOT another “new year – new you” message!

I think you’ve probably had enough of those, right?!

New year’s resolutions are all well and good, and if you can stick to them that’s brilliant. No need to read on – go and enjoy the festive activities before the clock strikes 12 on the 31st and you become the perfect version of you!

For the rest of us, don’t worry – I have your back!

Here are some absolutely sure-fire ways to help you set goals for 2020…and stick to them.

Be realistic – I’m not asking you to set your sights low. If your plan is to be your own boss in 2020, that’s absolutely achievable. But perhaps your resolution for 2020 could be to become the type of person you need to be to run your own business. Think about how you’re going to show up. How would a company director act? What jobs can you do yourself, and what can you outsource?

Small steps – Getting from A to Z is sometimes a whopping great task. If you’re employed full-time and you want to set a goal for next year to work around your family more, there’s a lot of steps to get there. Think about the first step, “How much money do I need to earn to live comfortably?” Step two, “What sort of work would make me really happy?” Breaking things down into smaller chunks will keep the overwhelm at bay.

Ask yourself why – Lose weight, get fit, move house, be a more present Mum. Let’s face it, they are on most people’s NY resolution list…every year! But think about why this is so important to you. Do you want to lose weight for a reason? To look good, to feel better, for a special occasion? Making change is a massive decision which takes dedication and determination. If you’re not crystal clear about your reason for it being on that NY list, and you don’t have a deep connection with that goal – either spend some time there, or cross it off. Otherwise you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

Check in points and milestones – A year is a long time. There needs to be some time in between where you evaluate where you are, reflect, celebrate wins, detangle experiences. You could do this daily with a gratitude journal, safeguard some weekly reflection time or spend one whole day every month working through your goals. Block these times in your diary and don’t cancel or move them. They are so important to helping you achieve your goals.

Be accountable – This could be where I come in? You don’t have to do this alone. If you’re like most of us who need a trusted partner to help set goals, bounce ideas around with, work through fails, challenge you or give you time and space to think – coaching is so for you. And next year, I’m offering five clients the chance to work with me over the space of a year. It’s a brand new programme called 20:20 Vision. I recently recorded a short video talking all about it here. Please take a look.

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