Have you dreamed up great plans for 2011 yet?
If not, why not!
Many people see new year resolutions as a silly tradition and don’t do anything about them, but it can be a great time to take stock of where you are in business, personal and other goals.
Most people don’t set clear goals in the first place and just settle for getting by in life.
The result is that they are ‘reactive’ in life – they just go along with what happens.
But setting goals and pursuing them makes you proactive – you start to create the life you want. These are the leaders in life.
But it’s not just enough to set goals, you need to regularly review where you are with them. If you set your goals ad just sit back they probably will never happen or you’ll have no idea whether you’re getting closer or further away from them.
Also our lives and the society around us is constantly changing, so goals we have set in the past may no longer be valid, or what you want has changed.
So the new year can be a great time to reassess your current goals and plan fresh ones.
One key area we explore is the evidence procedure – how you know when you have achieved your goal and just as important, how you know when you are getting closer.
Because most people have no idea where they are in terms of the journey to getting the results they want.
And the longer it takes to find out whether you are off track, the longer it takes you to undo the wrong you’ve taken in the meantime.
So the evidence procedure is a key piece in getting what you want.
The challenge is to find a good evidence procedure to let you know how you are doing.
This needs to be based on what we call sensory specific based evidence – ie it’s not enough to say that you just know!
So basically it is what you will see, hear and feel.
So business success for one person might be based on measuring an increase in sales figures.
Or your improving your running could be measured in covering a distance in a faster time.
But the challenge comes when you are measuring things that are less ‘physical’.
For example, to feel confident making a good presentation in front of a group at work next week.
You’ll have to specify how you would feel when you feel confident, or what you might see, hear or say to yourself.
Or maybe it would be based on feedback from the audience.
However you measure it is fine as long as you have some clear and specific method of measuring progress and successful completion.
So take some time to consider this in depth.
We cover all the steps to setting and achieving powerful outcomes on our NLP Training – the next one is March 20 – 26 in Islington, London – I’m also planning on putting on an NLP Training in Glasgow, Scotland in June.
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