Time for a one-on-one Q&A

Posted on December 30, 2010

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It’s that time of year when I for one am setting yet more goals … new year, new opportunities, new focus and so on. And … as I’ve spent the last few weeks back in bonnie Scotland and had some stunningly scenic solo runs, which have made the perfect backdrop for plotting and planning what I hope to get out of 2011, I’ve been in my element.

So now with only a day to go until this chapter closes and another begins, I feel ready and waiting to embrace all that the new year has to offer. One thing I have been conscious about is making sure that my goals for 2011 are all about me … that they sit in line with my values and not anyone else’s and that they aren’t just a quick fix but will genuinely add value to me, my life and my happiness.

It’s all too easy to get caught up in following goals for other peoples’ sake or for the wrong reasons.

So how to get round this?

Find some peace and quiet, pour yourself a nice chilled glass of wine, have a pen and paper at the ready and answer these questions, as honestly as you can.

• If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you attempt to do?

• What is your definition of personal success?

• How would you describe a life well-lived?

• What are you really talented at?

• What makes you happy?

• Who do you want to be and what is your vision?

• What are the limiting beliefs or self-doubts that are holding you back?

• What were the most successful moments in your life?

• What are the biggest lessons you have learnt from past mistakes?

• What are you most grateful for?

• What relationships in you life do you most value?

Done?

Now pour yourself another little vino and use your answers to give you guidance and direction.

Remember that when it comes to goals, there are two perspectives you need to consider; the strategic and the tactical.

The strategic says “what should I pursue?”

The tactical says “how should I go about pursuing it?”

So there you have it.

Now you can set goals for you and you only. And you can start putting together an action plan to achieving them.

Here’s to goal seeking, goal setting and goal success in 2011!

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