Today I’m going to dish the scoop on some of the things I achieved in 2016, and exactly how I achieved them. I spend a lot of my time reading personal development posts, books, and articles, and one thing that really frustrates me, is when a writer shares on ‘5 ways to make this year better than the last‘, or ‘3 ways to get rich fast‘, but doesn’t personalise this or share how they have done this themselves!
I promise I won’t do that!
2016 was a special year for me, it was the first year in my adult life where I can say I achieved 90% of my goals. Prior to this, as many of us do, I found myself in a vicious cycle of goal repetition. Writing the same goals every year, over and over again. But 2016 was different, and here is why…
At the end of 2015 I had been working in Finance for 3.5 years. I loved the company I was working for, and the people too, but was so unhappy in my role as a Salesperson. One evening a really good colleague of mine, called me to tell me she would be leaving the company the next day. I was shocked! I hadn’t seen it coming, and was even more surprised to hear that she didn’t have a job to fall back on. We spoke for almost an hour, and I continuously asked her how she would survive without the financial support a job offers. She said three things:
1) I’ve got savings
2) I’d rather have happiness than money
3) I’m not the first person to quit their job without having another one. I’ll find something!
This call couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. I had been thinking of leaving my job for well over a year, but couldn’t find the courage to do so. This phone call was about to change that.
Now I’m not saying that I would advise anyone to quit their job without having another one in place, but in my case after speaking with my colleague and reviewing my finances, it’s exactly what I did.
This decision was one of three important steps that I would take in 2016, to help me accomplish my goals:
1 – OVERCOME YOUR FEARS
One of the key takeaways from the conversation with my colleague, was that I had to overcome my fear of leaving my job, in order to experience greater things in my career.
Yes, I would have to start applying for jobs (a process we all know can be extremely testing), and yes, I would have to live on a much lower budget in between jobs, but the peace of mind and joy that came from overcoming my fear of “quitting”, was what would eventually help me achieve my goal of finding a brand new job in the New Year.
2 – CREATE AN EPIC GOAL PLAN
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, ‘a goal without a plan is just a wish – Jim Ryun’. Had I quit my job and just hoped that a new one would land in my lap, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be here writing this post today. There’s no way I would have landed my new job, without dedicating time to applying for jobs and preparing for interviews. The same goes for some of the other goals I had set for 2016, such as:
– Save £1000 and surprise hubby with a trip to the Caribbean for his birthday
– Write my first e-book
– Create 2 additional streams of income
To achieve these goals and not fall into the same cycle as previous years, I created my very own goal setting worksheets. These worksheets broke my goals down right down to a T, and I would have been lost without them!
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3 – REMEMBER TO WORK ON YOUR GOALS
One thing I realised soon after setting my 2016 goals, was that without constant reminders, it was very easy to forget them. If I wanted to accomplish my goals I had to change the way I approached them. It was not enough for me to write them down on paper, I had to schedule them into my life and make them a daily priority. To do this, I started to set alarms for particular tasks, and also created this Habit Tracker.
Two other techniques that helped me remember to work on my goals, were having an accountability partner, and surrounding myself with my goals by keeping a copy of them in my handbag at all times.
I go into more detail on this in the video below, so be sure to check it out.