GUEST BLOG: Now's the time to set your goals for 2011, says YES founder Carly Ward

First thing's first: Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope you have all had a good rest from the hustle and bustle. But now is the time to get goal-setting!

I will be totally honest with you - I have not set my goals for 2011 yet. But I will set aside at least two hours this next week after I have completed my new business plan for the year and have my business goals clear and fresh in my mind. Personal goals are also important to maintain a work/life balance.

Here are a few hints and tips that I find useful for Goal Setting.

A good way to make goal setting exciting and fun is to get magazines, brochures, newspapers and postcards together: find pictures to go with your goals. Cut them out and stick them onto a 'vision board'. Any board you can find will do! You can then put the board up where you will see it often - somewhere round the house/office.

Look at and visualise your goals every day. What do they sound like? How do they taste? What do they smell like? Use all of your senses to get emotionally involved with your goals.

A goal is something you burn with desire to achieve. Think about what you want to be, do and have in that order! A goal must be just out of reach, if you think you could achieve it easily then there is no point setting it in the first place.

It is good to be a bit scared of reaching your goals. Make sure it feels like a challenge in order to make you feel like you have achieved something. A great inspirational quote to help you set goals and truly commit to attaining them is this truism by Abraham Maslow "You will either step forward into growth, or back into safety".

There is no reason why you won't achieve your goals if you are committed to them and most importantly TAKE ACTION! Make sure you take action steps every day towards your goal and have the burning desire and passion to achieve it. If you don't then you need to review if this is the right goal for you!

Separate your business goals from your personal goals. For example you could set a goal to get fit, stop smoking, or travel more. These would be your personal goals. Anything to do with your career/job/business should be kept separate to keep your life well balanced. If you end up with 100% business goals and no personal goals you may need to review if you are living a healthy balanced lifestyle.

After setting a goal, try to actually FEEL like you have already achieved it, how would that feel? Close your eyes and imagine it! See it, feel it, hear it! This will motivate and inspire you to achieve your goals.

Use the three P's. Personal - your goals must be personal to you, you cannot set a goal to please someone else! Present - your goals should be in the present tense e.g. "I am so happy now that....." and Positive.

There is a very important difference between goals and ideas/statements. It's easy to say "I want to lose weight" but if you say "I will weigh 55 kilos by May 1st" this puts a whole different light onto your goal and helps you with the detail with how much and by when?!

Write your goals down, get to work on your vision board, read your goals every day twice a day, when you wake up and before you go to sleep. Even make a screensaver on your computer of your goals! Look for people who have already done what you want to do and ask for help and advice!

I hope this will help some of you out there who have been a bit reserved with setting your 2011 goals. Setting goals will give you direction - just like a road map. Plan your journey and you will have less chance of getting lost!

Until next time feel free to check out our website www.youngentrepreneursociety.org.uk and email me any time carly@youngentrepreneursociety.org.uk

To the Future

Carly

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