How one of the most important things I learnt in 2017 can help you too

 

This has been a huge year for me on a professional front. I’ve gone from working as a Director at a Personal Training Company to being self employed again and working on my own business. I’ve absolutely loved this but it’s also been hugely challenging.

 

I’m a massive fan of goal setting, check out my video my simple 3 step approach to goal setting to find out more about this. One of the fundamental aspects of my approach is breaking down my bigger goals into weekly tasks. I usually find this works brilliantly for me and helps to make sure I achieve what I need to each week.

However because this year has been so different and I’ve been so impatient to progress it’s actually worked against me. I was setting an unrealistic number of weekly tasks and goals I wanted to achieve. I found that if I was getting towards the end of the week and hadn’t got through them all I was feeling massively stressed.

I’ve always said that even coaches need coaches too and that’s why I work with Adam Dehaty who acts as a kind of mental skills coach, come life coach, come mentor. We discuss goals, mindset, motivation, business, social media and anything else that is relevant at the time.

Something that Adam spoke to me about which I hadn’t appreciated is that it was the timeframe that was stressing me out not the goal, and that this is usually the case with other people too. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t set a timeframe for achieving a goal, but it does mean that you have to be realistic about it.

As soon as I realised this I felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I was reminded that the goals and tasks I’d set myself were all really exciting and I should enjoy working on them. In order to do that I just needed to lift the pressure on myself and allow myself more time to get them done.

What I want you to take from this is the importance of not putting too much pressure on yourself. Set goals, and set timeframes but make sure they are realistic and allow you to enjoy working towards that goal rather than feeling stressed.

The things you want to achieve in 2018 should excite you but so too should the process. The more you enjoy the process, the more likely you’ll be to achieve your goal.