First things first, you have to set some goals!
Our goal setting method at Helix Planning is SMART - specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. We recommend the following process:
1: setting a goal
2: setting a time frame to achieve that goal
3: breaking the goal down into daily/weekly segments
4: setting yourself deadlines
5: having an accountability partner
Now you have some straightforward goals to chase after.
When you are building a roadmap to success - whatever that may look like for you - to sustain momentum there a few things you need to take into account when you’re in the design phase to ensure you reach the outcomes or success phase.
Load up the unpleasant tasks at the front end of the roadmap where possible. This way the largest chunk will be out of the way during the first part of your business planning timeline.
Give yourself creative license so you enjoy completing each segment. Don’t make them all one style or school of thought. Insert whatever you love doing into the process as much as possible. Seek some feedback about direction and feasibility to ensure you aren’t creating for yourself a sabotage situation.
Create achievable milestones. Humans love the validation from achieving something! That release of endorphins or adrenaline, whichever floats your boat, will spur you on and help build force to smash out your segments faster, cleaner and more strategically. Just like a puzzle, reverse engineer your roadmap from finished product to starting point. If your milestones are achievable it will all fall into place.
Cross check your numbers so your milestones are tangible. A rolling stone gathers no moss - read sustained momentum here - yet targets that are outside your reach will be like quicksand to it. (I know, mixing my metaphors, yada yada yada, but you get my drift).
I do really think the most important part - is to have an accountability partner. Someone that literally asks you if you’ve completed a task. There is nothing more motivating than the knowledge that someone you’ve given permission to, is going to ask the question, and they’ve got the right to grind your chops if you haven’t sustained the momentum to complete your milestones and finish your road map!
If you are looking for someone to guide you through goal setting and keep you accountable, we can help! Remember it’s never too late to start, now is as good a time as any and you can do anything you set your mind to!
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