The best way to achieve your new year goals

It’s normal for people to start each new year by setting their New Year resolutions and goals. However, if you want better outcomes than in previous years, then forget about focusing on your goals. Instead, focus on your practices.

Happy New Year and welcome to 2020.

The new year is a great time to set some goals

I really enjoy hearing about other people’s goals for the year ahead and always wish them well. Unfortunately, more often than not, later on during the year when I check in to see how they are progressing, they’re not doing so well with them.

What goals have you set for the year ahead?

To ensure success, what’s one thing you can do differently this year?

The best way to achieve your goals in 2020

I have had great success using the following process and it has changed the way I set and achieve my goals.

Here is the best way to achieve your goals in 2020.

To start, you need to think about goal setting a bit differently.

“Goals set the direction, but real progress comes from your daily practices.”

Breaking this down further, here’s what I mean –

Goals are about what you want to achieve however it’s the daily practices you apply, that move you towards a result.

Every athlete wants to win the race and they all have winning as the same goal. However, it’s not having the ‘goal’ that sets them apart and gets them the gold medal – otherwise every athlete would win!

So, what’s the difference between the athletes?

It’s the set of daily practices they apply to reach their desired outcome – the way they eat, sleep and train, for example.

Making sense of the ‘running a marathon goal’

Think of it like this – if you run 5km once, you’re unlikely to finish a marathon. However, if you consistently run 5km every day or even 3 days per week, amazing things will happen.

You will:

  • progress towards your goal
  • significantly increase your chances to finish the marathon
  • be able to call yourself a ‘runner’, and
  • likely increase your 5km to running more and more kilometres over time

Can you see the difference here?

One run – not going to get there.

Consistent running – you look and feel like a runner. Your inner voice will be saying “you are a runner – you can do this” and before the year is up, you can run 42.2km.

In this marathon example, if you focused purely on running 42.2km you would fail. Having the goal is not enough on its own.

If you focus more on HOW you can achieve it – in this case by consistently running daily or frequently, you will reach your goal. By breaking it down and focusing on the ‘how’ – your goal becomes achievable.

To make REAL progress towards your desired result, spend MORE time focusing on your daily practices and less time on the desired result or goal.

How to use this in a business context

In business and leadership, the same process and approach will work however the organisation may set the goals for the year ahead.

Let’s say that one of your organisation’s goals is to improve customer service.

As a business leader you discover that on Monday mornings, your customer service staff are flat and suffering a bit of Monday-itis (we’ve all been there I know 😊).

You make it your own goal to lift your customer service team’s moral each morning.

To do this, every day where you can, when you arrive at your work, you walk around the team and greet them all with a welcoming smile and say good morning.

You put this into practice and do it consistently each day. It quickly becomes your routine and defines how you start work each morning.

Not long into the future, team moral has improved with happier customer service staff who can’t help but direct their newfound energy when assisting with customer enquiries. Happy employees also result in happier customers too.

By consistently adding this one small daily practice, your team is helping the organisation progress towards the goal of improving customer service.

What can you consistently do to reach your (or your organisations) desired business results?

Final tip

Goals set the direction, but REAL progress comes from your daily practices.

I hope this helps and I wish you a rewarding and fulfilling 2020.



*This post was inspired by the author James Clear

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