Setting yourself up for success in 2021

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The new year is the ideal time to reflect on your progress over the past year and to set your goals for the year ahead. I have a big year ahead including the launch of my book, The Mind Strength Method: Four Steps to Curb Anxiety, Conquer Worry and Build Resilience, in March and new online courses which I think you’ll love, plus much, much more.

I’ve been working on 2021 goal setting with my coaching clients and wanted to share with you these six tried and tested tips I use to set my clients up for success. 

1. Work Smarter Not Harder

Declutter your schedule and business. Decipher what processes, techniques, and activities are driving your success and which may be holding you back. Stop investing time, money and energy into trying to make the unworkable work. This will make room for new ideas and opportunities in the coming year. 

2. Delegate More

Whether you are a business owner or an executive, delegating is one of the most powerful ways to free up time for the important stuff. It’s easy to convince yourself that you need to do everything and it can be hard to let go of control. If you have found yourself feeling tired and run-down in the past year, it would be wise to set aside some time to determine what you can delegate to others so you can focus on your core competencies in the coming year. 

3. Write an Action Plan

Most things are easier said than done so having an action plan is critical to achieving your goals. Determine all the tasks necessary for achieving a goal and then break it down into steps and milestones. Anticipate challenges and prepare for them in advance to minimise their impact and have possible solutions ready when they’re needed. 

4. Check-in Weekly

To keep track of your goals, why not check in weekly? While it’s impractical to perform an in-depth analysis on a weekly or even monthly basis, doing a weekly check-in can keep you aligned with your overall vision and long-term goals and allow you to make adjustments as needed.

5. Keep Things in Perspective

Ensure that your goals are realistic and keep things in perspective. Disappointment is frequently a product of not meeting the expectations of ourselves and others. Understand that things will not always be perfect and that it takes sustained effort and time to achieve your goals and bring them to life. 

6. Take Time For Yourself

When you’re ambitious with your goals, it can be hard to get the balance and you’re more vulnerable to burn-out. A healthy work-life balance is paramount to your long-term success so make sure you remember to add time for yourself into your busy schedule. 

We have all built a lot of resilience over the past year as we have navigated the uncertainty and challenges of 2020. A new year brings a lot of opportunity. I hope you all achieve your goals in 2021.