Recently I ran across a short article by Dr. Adam Fraser, an educator in thought and human performance, based on the research of Dr. Stephanie Burns, who he describes as a "guru in the area of goal achievement." Here are a few points I thought were worth sharing with you as you begin your plans for the coming year.
First -- 85% of goals set are never achieved. I think this is good to know. Sometimes we feel like we're the only ones who can't stick to our plans past the 2nd week of January!
Second -- Having more time to dedicate to a goal has NOTHING to do with whether or not you will achieve it. This is one of those lies I tell myself every time I begin to lose steam on a goal I've set.
Third -- High self-esteem does not determine if you will achieve a goal. In fact, high self-esteem only only affects the SIZE of the goal that is set. And guess what? 85% of those grandiose goals are never achieved either. Keep your plans realistic for you.
Fourth -- This is the big Take Home Message. "Frequent and consistent action" are the key to accomplishing anything. That's it. Doesn't that make sense?
Tape that blank paper to the fridge or mirror. Begin thinking of goals (including financial goals) you would like to accomplish in 2011. Keep them reasonable and remember to take time to plan the frequent and consistent actions you'll need to accomplish them.
I like to start working on my new goals a week before Christmas. Then when New Year's Day arrives, I have nearly 2 weeks of success under my fledgling wings. It's an exhilarating way to greet January 1! (I also never stay up until midnight -- or beyond. I try to go to bed at a reasonable time and get up early and have a fabulous first day of the New Year).
Here are a few of my goals from 2010, and an accounting on how I did.
1. Join a book club (read books I wouldn't normally read and make new friends). Accomplished! And so much fun!!
2. Read 1/2 of the Old Testament. Nope. Hardly cracked the cover.
3. Arrange for all our insurance and investments to follow the Dave Ramsey guidelines. 35% done.
4. Dining Room Door saved for and installed. It's paid for, installed and looks stunning! This has been a goal for SEVEN years. I finally got it accomplished this year. I'm so proud of myself.
5. Start a financial blog with my girls. Yes!!
6. Lose 20 lbs. 50% accomplished. Better than nothing.
What goals did you work on this year? How did you do?