Achieving your goals

What will you achieve in 2009?

Did you set any New Year’s Resolutions this year? Can you even remember what they were?

New Year’s Resolutions aren’t easy to keep, they are usually for something we want to stop doing and also something we feel we SHOULD do rather than what we actually want to do.

By working our resolutions into outcomes we are more likely to achieve them because we are focusing on what we want not what we don’t want and we also are checking out any possible issues we have with achieving them. So what do you want in 2009?

State it in the positive. Instead of ‘I want to lose weight’ or ‘I want to stop smoking’ , what do you want instead? Focus on what achieving your goal will get for you, for example a goal weight or to walk to the top of that hill easily, whatever is right for you.

How will you know when you’ve achieved it? What will you see, hear and feel. Can you start and maintain this yourself, it’s no good having goals for other people.

What context do you want it in? Is this something you want all the time or just at work or at home. Be specific, we might have an outcome of being more confident but it’s unlikely we’ll need that in the bath!

Is it ecological? Ecology is the study of consequences. What’s the impact of you achieving this? Will you have to give up anything you currently enjoy? What’s the impact on others? If we have a goal we haven’t yet achieved it’s likely there’s something stopping us in terms of ecology.

What resources do you need? What do you need to help you achieve this? It could be something outside of you like money, other people’s support or more information or it could be something inside you or skills you need to develop like being more relaxed or being better organised.

Working through your goals this way programs your unconscious mind to achieve what you want, so be clear about what you wish for. We are still constantly amazed at how well this works. How about setting goals for 2009 in all contexts of your life going through these questions and watch the magic unfold?

About The Author

Karen Meager is a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist (DipNLPt). Karen specialises in Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy – a short term, solution focused approached to therapy. Her practice is based in Frome, near Bath, Somerset.

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