It seems like only yesterday we were wishing in the New Year. 2014 was over and 2015 was just about to begin. We were all making New Year’s resolutions in the hope that this year would being better results than the one before. But how much did you actually achieve. Did 2015 play out as you had planned? Well either way, 2016 is here and with it comes several more opportunities to show us all what you’re made of. With that in mind here are my top 5 ways to ensure you achieve your goals for 2016.
1. Plan & record your goals
For me, and other entrepreneurs, planning & recording you goals is key if you hope to achieve success in 2016. Ahead of 2016, if not at the start, you should record, in a journal or a diary, what you hope to achieve and how you plan on reaching those goals.
As you move through the year your list of goals may change as you grow & develop. It’s key to keep your goals up to date and to correctly plan the steps require to achieve the success you seek. This can be referred to daily to ensure you are still on track. This can also be reflected upon at the end of the year to ensure 2017 is even better.
2. Realise your potential
Now this may sound simple, or even irrelevant, but in order to achieve success in 2016 you first need to reassure yourself that you have what it takes, and that nothing can stop you from achieving your goals. We all have the potential to achieve great things as long as you believe in yourself.
We all require different forms of motivation. Some may seek a healthier lifestyle whilst others may seek financial freedom. It’s key to recognise the forms of motivation that keep you striving towards your goals, and to use that to fuel your passion and believe towards your achievement capabilities. When others stop you should keep pushing and become a bench mark of achievement and success that others seek.
3. Understand your strengths & your weaknesses
Understanding your strengths and weaknesses allows you to focus on the areas that best suit you. I believe strongly in focusing on your strengths over your weaknesses, however others may disagree. Let me explain. Tiger Woods, Tom Brady & Michael Jordan didn’t focus on improving their weaknesses they focused on improving their strengths. They didn’t concern themselves with the areas they felt no passion towards instead they focused on the areas that interested them most. Why should you be any different? Find that one thing you’re good at and go all out. Become an expert in that field and delegate the areas you feel give you no value. After all, your weakness will be someone else’s strength.
4. Build upon your education & understanding
Gaining a good education is key to achieving success, but by education I don’t necessarily mean formal education. There’s a great quote that goes as follows:
“Formal education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune”.
With this in mind I’m a big believer in self-education and developing ones understanding further. If you’re interested in perusing property you will first need to understand the topic in depth. The same applies if you wish to pursue an area of passion in any topic. Learning the fundamentals, as well as the pitfalls, will help to provide you with a good grounding as 2016 approaches.
5. Chase more than money
This one is the most important point from this list for me. Money is key in this modern world, however building a business around money is immediately setting yourself up for failure. In order to build success you need to first focus on the team around you and most importantly the customer and product/service you wish to sell. If you focus on these areas above anything else, the money will soon chase you.
What methods do plan on using in 2016? Please feel free to comment your thought below.