At the beginning of a new year it is always wise to review your past year and to build on your goals from there. I recently read James Clear’s best selling book, “Atomic habits” which had a great impact on how I structure goals. According to this habits specialist, we need to revise the systems we implement to make our goals easy to reach.
It is all how we go about the process of reaching goals and if our systems are not working it is just too difficult to implement the habits, which are the small building blocks in the realization of our goals.
It is also essential to first ask yourself what the identity is that you want to become, before you can set goals that help you realize this persona. I take myself as an example: I am a life coach, who writes magazine articles and who wants to expand my writing work by posting regular blogs, write an online journey journal, write a book on Christian life coaching on Biblical principles and start a life coaching magazine. I thus want to become a “word working” life coach, because I know my essential identity is that of a writer who uses the subject matter of my life coaching knowledge to reach people.
Some of the systems I will have to have in place to achieve this goal can look something like this: I have to see to it that my environment has a comfortable space where I can do my writing undisturbed everyday. I need to block out an amount of time each day that I just do research and write. I need to devide my writing time between each writing project, in accordance to the size of the project- writing a blog takes about an hour or two a week where as I need to have a substantial amount of more hours to research life coaching principles based on the Bible, etc.
Once I have mapped out a plan for my systems, it is easy to follow my routine everyday and to systematically make progress towards my goal. If I repeatedly perform the habits that are set out by my systems, they will become automatic and the momentum and flow I will need to achieve my goal will be there.
I already wrote my goals for 2019 on the first of December 2018. This gave me a huge psychological advantage to “reset” my focus for the new year and to jump straight into the routine needed to reach my goals from day one. Before I set goals, I first wrote a report on the previous year to review how to revise and reset from there. I also determined which values I would need to create the identity I want to build. Once I determined these, it was easy to design bold goals, systems to realize them and to work focused on the identity I want to become to fulfill my potential and ultimately my unique purpose of contribution in this life.