How to Achieve (Not Just Set) Goals for Career and Life Success

I was at a luncheon two weeks ago, and a friend said to me, “I looked at my Word of the Year card yesterday and realized I achieved both of my goals this year!” The smile on her face could not have been bigger. What a great feeling to achieve goals!

 If achieving not one but two big goals in a year sounds like a pipe-dream, here’s a little secret for you: It’s all about the power of intention. By deciding what you want to have happen, you immediately increase the odds of it happening.

 As you reflect on what happened in 2018, you’ll think about what went well and what didn’t. If business is down by a certain percentage or you still haven’t lost those stubborn 10 pounds, you might want to set your goals and select a word for the year before 2019 to change the outcome you had this year.

 If you want 2019 to be the year your business grows by double digits or you start running marathons, take the next step. Look FORWARD not back. Ask yourself: Where do I want to be in a year? When it’s December 2019, what do you want to say I’ve accomplished or created in my life?

 Set the intention so you can create the circumstances that will allow it to happen.

 Want to grow your business? Create a job description for a business development person and then share it with your network. Want to lose weight? Join a gym and sign up for sessions with a personal trainer.

 Three of my clients – all professional, top level successful people – have declared that they are going to finally complete their Bachelor’s degrees in 2019. Talk about a life changing goal!

What do you want to achieve in 2019?

 While you think about that, reach out to me. Every December, I mail a Word of the Year Goal card to friends, colleagues and clients. Send me your full name and mailing address, and I will add you to the list. It is a great way to keep your goal in front of you the entire year and to make 2019 the year you want it to be!