How do you get from where you are to where you want to be?

1 January, 2018

How do you get from where you are to where you want to be

Another year, another 365 days of new chances, new decisions, new actions.. Sounds great doesn’t it? But before you go charging into the new year, there’s one question you need to answer:

How do you get from where you are to where you want to be?

A good place to start is to look at your goal, planner or to-do list (or if you’re anything like me; planners and to do lists – plural) from last year, and critically analyse what you had written.

  1. What were your goals?
  2. Did you achieve them?
  3. What is still left to do?

From the goals that you achieved:

What did you learn from the experience? What worked well? What would you do differently if you had to do it again?
One of my main lessons from last year  is to not wait to feel motivated.

Some days I do wake up full of motivation, raring to go and on those days I do accomplish a lot. But those days don’t happen ever day and the lesson that I am carrying over to this year is that I can’t wait to “feel” motivated before I do something. Even when I don’t feel like it, I’m still going to work, progress my action plan and motivate myself!

From the goals you didn’t achieve:

What are your outstanding goals? Why didn’t you accomplish them?

It may be that these are big goals and its going to take some time to achieve them. If this is the case then they need to be broken down into smaller goals. Write down all the actions that will lead up to achieving the overall goal.

Doing this will have 2 positive effects:

  1. you will be able to see that you’re actually progressing towards your large goal, and
  2. you will have ticked off more as completed, from your list.

 

What about the other goals that are still outstanding? Do they need to be carried over to your new list or…
 should they be deleted or delegated???

There’s always that one item on your to-do list that you keep putting off. That one thing that you know you should do but strangely enough, “never get round to.” Do you really want it hanging over you again for another year? Either decide its never going to happen, OR just get it done and get it out of the way before the end of this week OR delegate it to someone else.

It’s well worth considering delegation. Think of is this way… you don’t actually want to do the task yourself or perhaps you don’t feel that you have the necessary skills or time that is needed? Either way isn’t it worth hiring someone to do the job for you?  Someone with the skills, knowledge and experience to do the job well?

From the oven that needs a good clean, to the room that needs repainting, or that dripping tap that has never been fixed…

or

the database that needs updating, the website that could do with a refresh or the marketing plan that needs developing…
Whatever it is, there’s an expert out there that can take that item off your to-do list for good!

It has taken me while to realise that I don’t need to do everything myself. I will certainly be delegating more over the course of this year.

 

Looking back over the last year can really help with planning for the year ahead and there’s no better place to start than deciding which of your goals are still relevant before adding new ones to your list.

 

 

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20 comments

Heather 1 January, 2018 - 8:25 pm

Your post reminds me of something that I once read, which basically said that anything you don’t want to do is something someone else loves to do. So you can pay someone to clean your house, which gets it off your to-do list and supports their business goals. And it frees you up to add more value to your own goals!
Great post, and Happy New Year!

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Lucy 1 January, 2018 - 9:08 pm

That’s a really good way of looking at it. When I looked back over my to-do lists I noticed that the same tasks where always transferred to the new lists. I realised that I had jobs that’s needed doing but I was putting them off. It makes so much sense to me to delegate these tasks and get them done once and for all. Thanks for your comment Heather and a Happy New Year to you too!

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Lucy 1 January, 2018 - 8:42 pm

I’ve been reviewing 2017 and any goals I didn’t achieve. I love the idea of setting smaller goals building up to the big goals. It will help to make me realise that I am making progress

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Victoria 1 January, 2018 - 10:17 pm

Yes, realizing you can’t do everything yourself is key!

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Raquel 1 January, 2018 - 11:44 pm

I make a ton of to do lists. I love goal setting and love this time of year because it feels like a fresh start. I absolutely believe in delegating but some times that can be really hard. How do you find someone you can trust to do the job to your standards without wasting time, energy and, money doing so?

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Lucy 2 January, 2018 - 8:20 pm

That’s an excellent question. I tend to ask colleagues for recommendations. If you belong to a Facebook group you can also ask group members for their recommendations.
Once appointed you also need to be very specific about what youre asking of them. Get a brief and a quotation in writing prior to starting the work so there’s no misunderstanding. Good luck Nadia!

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Nicole 2 January, 2018 - 1:00 am

I’ve never really thought about the fact that looking back over our previous goals and To Do lists is an important step to moving forward. But you’re right, it really is. It’s a great way to achieve some accountability – and if you’re a procrastinator like me – get yourself back on track. I’m a huge fan of the “get someone else to do the things you don’t love” approach. My time is worth something, so sometimes it’s just better for me to pay someone else to do it. Take care and Happy New Year.

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Lucy 2 January, 2018 - 8:16 pm

Taking a look at your previous goals really puts things into perspective for me. Im pleased you found this post useful. Happy New Year to you too Nicole!

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Satoria Ray 2 January, 2018 - 2:32 pm

I love this! I’m all about reflection and the questions you posed are great to reflect on goals and figure out what you need to do to accomplish them. Gonna be using this a lot this year!

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Angel Lou 2 January, 2018 - 3:22 pm

My main goal last year was to get a job after I graduated from uni but I didn’t achieve that. Lol but I’ll just go with thw flow this year as well. I believe I will discover new goals later on. Great post by the way.

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Lucy 2 January, 2018 - 8:08 pm

You’ll get there Angel. Just stick a it. Best of luck with your job hunting.

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Anissa 2 January, 2018 - 4:22 pm

I had to revaluate my year also to see how things went in order for me to establish a new list of goals . What ever wasn’t accomplished, I moved it into the new year . Great perspective!

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Evelyn, Path of Presence 2 January, 2018 - 4:30 pm

I love the idea of delegation. As Shakespeare so eloquently put it, “No man is an island” asking for help and giving some tasks away through delegating is powerful and smart. It connects us and helps us achieve our dreams in a way that streamlines efficiency. Blessings, Evelyn, Path of Presence

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Chrysti Peek 2 January, 2018 - 7:23 pm

I love the part about deleting or delegating. I’m a “do all the things” type person in my default mode and that is one area in which I really struggle. Letting go with matter-of-factness and sans guilt for not “getting it all done” is a part of my 2018 intentions. Thank you!

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Lucy 2 January, 2018 - 8:06 pm

I struggle with delegating too! I used to think “if you want something doing, do it yourself!” Well not anymore. Thanks for your comment Chrysti.

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Zuzana 2 January, 2018 - 9:00 pm

You are so right. Small and very specific goals are way more effective than just a general big goal without any direction of how are you going to achieve it. That’s something I’ve only learnt recently and I can already see the difference in accomplishing things. I used to set generic, vague goals and always failed miserably. Now, that I know I need a proper action plan, my goals are more achievable and I can actually see some progress. Delegation is something I need to think of next. Thanks for this post.

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Jen @ Jenron-Designs 3 January, 2018 - 7:41 am

This is a great way to look at goals. I like to tackle mine in chunks but I do find I can lose focus sometimes, which means time to rest the goals or tasks at hand.

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nikhila 3 January, 2018 - 7:52 am

That opening line is super fascinating! This article is just so inspiring. Great job here.

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Angela 3 January, 2018 - 1:32 pm

I am a big fan of breaking down your goals into smaller goals. Sometimes the end goals looks scary or unattainable but when we break things down piece by piece it’s doable. You just have to play mind tricks with yourself. As long as you keep trying, keep pushing good things will come:) Wishing you a successful 2018!

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Doreen 3 January, 2018 - 7:41 pm

Great post. In the middle of reviewing my unaccomplished goals from 2017 and the tips hear will help a great deal. Thank you for sharing

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