3 Tips to Achieving All You Want in 2018

Sherri Dickie | Vector Marketing

It wouldn’t be a new year, if we weren’t talking about goals, right? A new calendar year summons those thoughts of what’s possible. What moves do I want to make?  What do I want to achieve?

And while we shouldn’t have to wait for the flip of the calendar for that to happen, let’s embrace it.

Start With Why

Goal setting can be intimidating; however, I’ve learned that the best way to start is to define your “Why.” Simon Sinek, in his aptly named book, Start with Why, shares many anecdotes and stories directed to business leaders, and these same principles apply to our own personal goals as well. He states that the power of “Why” is not opinion—it’s biology.

“When we communicate from the inside out, we’re talking directly to the part of the brain that controls decision-making, and our language part of the brain allows us to rationalize those decisions,” Sinek writes.

The “Why” stems from our belief, the “How” is the actions that we will take to realize that belief, and the “What” is the results based on those actions. The “Why” can take some time to formulate, but once we’re clear with our “Why,” the “How” and “What” are relatively simple in comparison.

For example, let’s say that you have a goal of saving $3,000 this year.

Your “Why” is that you want to be able to contribute, along with your parents, toward your tuition and books so that you won’t have to take out a loan and put extra financial strain on your family.

Your “How” is that you’ll pay yourself first and have that money deposited directly into savings.

Your “What” is that you’ll save $50/week during the school year from your part-time job, and you’ll save $150/week in the summertime when you’re working closer to full-time.

Remember Small Daily Choices Repeated, Bring Great Wins

Secondly, when thinking about goals, it’s important to keep your “Why” at the forefront, as it helps with your daily choices. In this example, if it’s important enough for you to contribute to your schooling, it’s a lot easier to make that choice to pack a lunch versus buying it in the cafeteria because your “Why” is clear.

We’re all human, though. We can all slip up. Remember that one poor choice doesn’t mean that you abort the goal, it just means that next time you’ll have the choice to course correct.  Sometimes it’s easy to focus on what we’ve done wrong, and we quickly dismiss all that we’ve done right.

Surround Yourself With Those That Will Support You

As you become a person who is more goal oriented, you’ll discover that there are certain people who will be your champion and want to see you succeed while there are others who are more worried that they’ll be left behind if you change and grow. So, while they hopefully won’t seek to sabotage you, they generally won’t be the most supportive and help you make the right choices. Surround yourself with others who are likeminded, who are chasing goals, and will be great accountability partners for you.

The world needs more leaders, and there is a lot of room for goal-driven people who are going after big things.  I encourage you to be an example for those around you.

I look forward to hearing about your successes.  Feel free to leave a comment with your goal. You’ve got a community here to cheer you on!

This article was written by Vector Marketing Canadian National Recruiting Manager, Sherri Dickie. Vector Marketing is a DECA National Advisory Board partner and Corporate Social Media Correspondent. You can follow Vector Marketing on Twitter @VectorMarketing.

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