Happy New Year! Hopefully you have had the time to recharge the batteries over what can be a very busy festive period. We forget at times that the end of year albeit can be a happy time, it also can mean non-stop running around to get everything done before the calendar turns the page to another year. Before we know it, we are in 2019, sat back at our desks setting business and personal goals without having that time to reflect and forward think what it is that we really want and need to achieve over the coming year(s).

Hopefully you haven’t hit the first few weeks in the new year in a state of mild panic and feeling the pressure that your goals need to have been thought about, written and set in the coming days and weeks but if you are, not all is lost. You can turn this around – we are still in January and you can still take time out to reflect and set great goals if you have a plan to work to.

Here are some top tips to help you set yourself up for success in 2019.

Find out what you want to achieve and commit to it. Try and articulate your vision of what you want to achieve.This maybe something life-changing or you are trying to fully understand your role and purpose within your company but try and understand the reasoning behind why you want to make the change and make the goal. Try to have a mix of personal and organisational goals and ensure that there is a balance so it is not all tipped towards what the organisational wants to achieve rather than what you want to achieve.

Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals. If the target is too vague (e.g. no milestones or dates) or it is too difficult, then it is likely to lack impetus or simply seem too overwhelming; meaning that we will become adversely fixated upon the ultimate outcome rather than the process which can help us to get there. This will act as a clear demotivator.

Establish mini-goals that will help to guide you towards attaining your 2019 goals. Imagine that you wanted to climb Mount Everest. If you stood at the foot of the mountain, looking up, then the chances are that you would feel completely overwhelmed and rapidly give up (if you tried to start at all!). However, breaking the overall task down into smaller parts alleviates some of this anxiety by making the immediate objectives far less daunting and more likely to achieve a positive outcome. Small “wins” tend to boost self-belief and generate greater positive momentum towards the main objective. In the event of any setbacks, this strategy also helps to contain the extent of our negative reactions; meaning that we are more likely to persevere in the face of adversity. For example, if your New Year’s resolution was to eat more healthily, then you may wish to begin by focusing upon tweaking one specific meal of the day or cutting back on a food type such as crisps or sugar intake.

Apply a Growth mind-set attitude to your goals. Unfortunately, most of us have a fixed notion of how we “should” approach our goals and what the outcomes should be. As soon as we deviant from the plan because of external circumstances, illness or human frailty, we regard this as complete failure. Try to view any potential setbacks as feedback rather than failure. This allows you to remain flexible in your approach and to review and adapt the plan considering events as they unfold. For instance, if your resolution is to eat more healthily and you stray off focus, don’t give up on the goal or vow to start again tomorrow, next week or next year. Review the learnings and simply draw a line under that part of the day and actively apply the new insights as soon as possible to ensure positive momentum.

Pinnacle Wellbeing Services are running a number of courses in January to help individuals define their purpose, set their goals and help accomplish their plan in 2019. To book your place visit https://pinnaclewellbeingservices.com/excellence-workshops or call us on 0207 060 4375