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4 key actions to help you successfully reach your goals

Freezing fog shrouded my run this morning. Not ideal running weather. I love being outside and I *quite like* running, but this morning I felt a bit discombobulated – cold, slightly anxious, lacking in motivation and a bit lost.

And, it got me thinking that in our work, when our goals are unfocused or out of sight we can lose our way. It can feel a bit like running in freezing fog!

When your focus and mojo are waning, these 4 actions can help you maintain your focus and stamina towards achieving your big goals:

𝗕𝗲 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝗿𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 We get so bogged down in our day-to-day tasks, endless calls and meetings that we lose sight of what we’re really working towards. Ask yourself, what are the big goals that you want to achieve? What are the smaller tasks that you need to accomplish that will allow you to achieve them? If you clarify your big goals and vision they will act as your northern star to keep you moving forwards. Think, reflect, ask a friend, talk to a coach – however you do it, make sure you nail the definition of your vision and big goals and keep them front and centre in all your decisions. 𝗔𝗰𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗹𝗲𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗺𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝘄𝗮𝘆 It’s scary stepping into uncharted territory. People who innovate put themselves at risk of failing – but they also give themselves a chance of success. If we change nothing, nothing will change. Accepting your fears while balancing them against the risk of doing nothing will allow you to silence the voice inside your head that says ‘I can’t’, and replace it with a resounding ‘I can and I must’! 𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗴𝗼 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗲 When we have lofty goals we need a range of skills, perspectives and expertise to deliver the right results. Sometimes we feel that we don’t have time to consult someone else, or we don’t have time for a catch up with someone who inspires us. Seeking other’s input or expertise is always a good use of your time – it helps us consider different perspectives and alternative courses of action. On the days when you need some gritty realism, call up a critical friend, and on the days when you feel your motivation or confidence waning call up someone who inspires you, makes you laugh and fills you with optimism. People are rocket fuel for success. 𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘂𝗽 The world’s greatest innovators overcame huge challenges in their pursuit of success - they pursued their goals with grit, perseverance and passion. Walt Disney was fired from his first job for ‘not being creative enough’. A few years later, his first solo venture resulted in bankruptcy. Penniless but not beaten, he continued to follow his passion until others were ready to change the way they thought about creativity. His grit and passion changed the world. You can do the same.

By Dr Amy Redmond PhD. Founder of Psychology of Success. Psychologist. Coach.

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Good advice, especially around not going it alone ) Scott

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