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Real Business : Issue 1 2010
AIMING HIGH If you have big dreams, it's time to get moving and take some concrete steps towards achieving your objectives. 14 HOW TO... TWO MINDS WHAT I'M WORKING ON DASHBOARD INFRONT FROM SMALL THINGS MANY PEOPLE PIN THEIR HOPES ON New Year s resolutions as a way to make significant changes in their lives. e problem is, it often comes with a history of failed resolutions from previous years, which dooms your goals from the start, says personal and professional development coach Karen Tweedie. Speaking as both a professional certified coach and president of the International Coach Federation (a global organisation, with over 14,000 members), in Karen s view there s no better time than right now to compile a list of goals and take your first steps to achieving them. e way you visualise and present your goals can also have a huge impact on whether you achieve them. "If it s all down to willpower, I don t think it is going to work ... It doesn t mean you won t get places but, if you really want to do it quicker or be more focused, you need structure," Karen says. Instead of creating a goal such as, I won t smoke from Monday , you ll increase your chances of success if you make clear, measurable, achievable steps. In stopping smoking, that might mean making sure that there are no cigarettes in your home, storing away ashtrays and using positive affirmations or distractions, such as a walk or peeling and eating an orange, to cope with cravings. Karen stresses that personal and career goals should be based on positivity. "Goals should be phrased around what you do want, not what you don t want," she says. For example, an individual sets a negative goal when they plan to lose 20 kg. Instead, their goal should be to get fit and healthy. Similarly, individuals should aim to eat healthy food rather than avoid eating fatty food. Some people write down goals, others draw pictures or find images that relate to their objectives -- and Karen says this is a good thing. "Getting the creative right brain involved in the process can help." Finding companions for the journey is another useful approach to goal setting, just as it helps to train with a group for a triathlon. "Sometimes it s good to commit to someone else -- a good friend, a coach or a parent, perhaps. Saying it out loud is important for some people." Once you have created your goal plan, shared your goal with a trusted other and set dates and timelines, Karen says you should then pursue your goals "with as much conviction as you can muster ". It is also important to celebrate your successes and address your failures. "If you fail, it s good to confront that and work out why that happened." WRITER: CAMERON COOPER and codify them, so there is a plan to achieve a certain amount by a certain time. Set measures that will ensure you know when you ve Write down your goals and find images or draw to go alongside your list of objectives your goals to another person Celebrate your successes and YOUR FAILURES Karen Tweedie suggests these steps when setting goals: GO GET EM! 1 2 3 4 WRITE GOALS DOWN REACHED YOUR GOAL PICTURES Get creative. Commit address For more information, visit www.coachfederation.org
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