We left off on the last post talking about how we can take steps to ensure we meet our goals in the new year. Let’s jump back in!
If you didn’t get a chance to take a look at the first post about our goals, it would be a good idea to start there first. In it, we talked about how important it is to know your reasons for creating goals. You can know you want to reach a goal but the most important question is why do you want to? We also learned how important it is that you hold yourself accountable to this plan by sharing it with the world or maybe just writing it down in your journal. Don’t make empty resolutions! It can be tricky when you first start, but you don’t have to lose your way if you follow these steps.
We’re going to pick up right where we left off. Here are the last of the steps you can take to ensure that you stick to your new goals this year:
Join the Right Team
Have you ever heard the phrase that your success is determined by the company you keep? Can you imagine how your life would be different if your circle of influence included those people who have already accomplished many of the goals you are setting for yourself?
Sometimes it can be difficult to lose your friends, but if your friends are not supporting your growth, they are holding you back. Trade them in for someone more positive who will keep you headed in the right direction. Author Napoleon Hill describes a group of like-minded people as a “mastermind group” where a true synergy is created – the results of the mastermind group become greater than the sum of the individual contributions. BeginnerTriathlete.com is a great place to connect with others who have similar goals to your own. Plug into your mastermind group!
Follow the Right Coach
Last but not least, it is important to have a good coach. Have you ever stopped to really think about successful people? People who are top athletes, or business executives, or great piano players, for example. What most of these people have in common is that they did not learn everything on their own – they had teachers and coaches. In fact, I don’t know any successful business people, athletes, or simply those who are in great shape who don’t have coaches. I have coaches for fitness, coaches for business, and coaches for my personal life (“life coaches”).
A good coach will empower you to achieve your goals. They do this by helping you avoid the mistakes they’ve already made, or already witnessed their other clients make. You also benefit from their knowledge and experience without having to go through the entire process yourself. A quality coach will have a background in the area you are trying to improve, solid references, and will offer time to connect with you before you make a coaching commitment. This will allow you to decide if there is a fit to move forward and conquer your dreams together this year.
It’s great to make New Year’s resolutions, but do yourself a favor. Self-esteem is related to self-promises. When you break a promise to yourself, you lose a bit of your confidence and self-esteem. When you keep a promise, you gain confidence. Don’t commit to a resolution you are not ready to achieve. Don’t let your goals simply remain words on paper. Create a plan for success, tackle the areas we discussed and your New Year’s resolutions will truly stick this year.