The Most Important Habit to Make Your 2020 Goals Inevitable

2020 Goal Amnesia

I was working with a new client the other day, and asked her what her 2020 goals were.

She looked at me so perplexed.

She had set several goals in late December so she could kick off 2020 powerfully.

But now, in June, she had absolutely no recollection of what they were.

This goal amnesia can happen for several reasons:

  1. Even in a good year, most people "set and forget" their goals. They think that by setting the goals, even writing them down once, that they'll be inevitable. Then, they go back to their regular life, regular schedules and regular routines. Their goals are not top of mind. As a result, nothing changes and they don't reach their goals.
  2. One of the most common reasons that we don't keep a laser focus on our goals is that we don't truly believe we can accomplish the goals. We set the goals because we want the result. But, we don't fully embrace the outcome is possible. And, to avoid the disappointment, we let our foot off the gas.
  3. On top of #1 and #2, 2020 has thrown most of us a lot of curve balls. Most of us haven't revisited the goals, to decide if they're still relevant and if the plans we've made to reach the goals are still giving us the best chance of reaching our goals.

 

Do you have goal amnesia too?

Can you relate to my client's situation?

Have you forgotten your 2020 goals too?

First, ask yourself why.

  • Why did you forget your 2020 goals (assuming you set them)?
  • Did you ever believe they were possible?
  • Did you stop believing they were possible somewhere along the way?
  • What did the loss of focus protect you from?

 

How to Avoid Goal Amnesia for the 2nd Half of 2020

After you determine WHY you have goal amnesia, the root cause, now you can address it.

The next step is to ask yourself if your goal plan is relevant, comprehensive and consistent:

  • Did you write down your goals?
  • Are they still relevant to what you want to accomplish in 2020?
  • Did you write down the exact plan (with steps and dates) to reach your goal?
  • Did you create a process to ensure you were taking action against the action plan?
  • Did you set up a review process, to re-look at your progress, your plan, and make appropriate adjustments?

 

The Most Important Habit for Your Making Your 2020 Goals Inevitable

And, finally, I want to share the most important habit to avoid the amnesia going forward and achieve your 2020 career goals.

The habit is....

Spend 15 minutes each day developing a relationship with your goals.

 

Why "develop a relationship" with your goals

Think about meeting someone new and the excitement you feel toward that person, the time you devote to getting to know them, the effort you make to spending time with them.

And, what happens from all of that?

The relationship grows, you become more connected.

You build something - a friendship or a romantic relationship.

What if you treated your goals the same way?

How much more likely would you be to achieve them:

  • If you got to know them and understand them, deeply
  • If you spent time thinking about them and investing in them
  • If you were certain that the outcome could be amazing

 

Here's what "developing a relationship with your goals" looks like

To develop a relationship with your goals (the opposite of set and forget them) involves 5 simple steps

You can complete this goal-relationship-routine in 15 minutes each day, and it will make achieving the goal inevitable:

  1. Write out the goal daily. Keep the goal top of mind.
  2. Imagine already having achieved the goal. Brainstorm out a vivid picture of what it's like after you've achieved the goal.
    • What are you thinking?
    • What are you feeling?
    • What do your surroundings look like?
    • What do you look like?
    • What types of actions are you taking?
    • What advice do you give your current self, from the place of already having achieved the goal?
  3. On a scale of 1-10, how likely do you think it is that you'll reach the goal?
  4. If it's <10, why?
  5. What would you need to think, feel and do in order to make it a 10?
    • Add this list to your goal plan
    • Remove anything from your goal plan that's no longer relevant

 

Next Steps

This is very simple and I have so many client examples and my own, to prove that it works.

Even though it's simple, it's not easy.

Your brain will tell you that you have more important things to do, that you can skip a day, that xyz thing is a higher priority.

Don't let this noise distract you.

Keep up with the routine for the next 66 days and you'll have a new habit.

I can't wait to hear from you.

Send me a message to let me know how it's going or if you have questions.

My email is [email protected]. Or you can send me a message on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/melisa-liberman/.

 

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