If you spent the last days of 2012 planning you should have already decided what you intend to focus on this year. You’ll know where you’ll be putting most of your energy, the destination you’re aiming for and a good idea of the route you’ll take to get there.
It’s as if the vehicle that’s taking you through 2013 is sitting on the driveway, checked, packed and ready to go.
Now it’s time to start the engine, and at this time of year I’ll bet most people are focused on starting. Leaving behind what they didn’t like about previous years and motoring off towards the things they would rather be, have or experience.
Yet it would seem starting is not the most challenging part of a project. For example, many make a start on their new year resolutions, but it seems the majority have abandoned them before the end of the month.
So although now is the time to start perhaps we should be looking at how we can make the starting count. How are we going to maintain momentum once the initial enthusiasm starts to wane?
Here’s a few steps I’ve taken.
I had targets for each of the last six months of 2012. They were in a nice neat table within a Word document. Trouble is after a while I stopped opening the document on a regular basis. Consequently I didn’t always have my main targets at the front of my mind and failed to achieve some of my goals. Sometimes we’re so used to working at a keyboard that we overlook the benefits of hard copy.
So this year I have my goals and targets on display, not hidden on a page in a diary or in a computer file I’ll eventually forget to open every day. They’re printed on a sheet of paper and placed where I’ll see them every time I sit down to work. They’ll be there to motivate me to work or continue to work or both.
Another step I have taken is to get an accountability partner. Starting next week we should be speaking on Skype for at least a half hour and repeating this weekly. The power of accountability is underrated but if you can use it to keep you on target it can help you maintain momentum towards your goals.
Another step is to declare your goals publicly. You could do this on a blog, Facebook, Twitter, in a forum, or even email some people you know. This may take a bit of courage, but there’s nothing like putting your pride and self-image at risk to motivate you!
My two main goals this year are to launch a front end product (finally!) and to start a membership site.
So keep your targets and goals where you’ll see them every day, announce them on your blog, on Facebook, and so on, and get yourself an accountability partner.
It’s all very well posting rousing “let’s make this a great year” statements on Facebook or a blog, but taking steps to keep going as the initial new year euphoria fades will make a greater difference to the results you get.
Have you taken steps to maintain momentum? Is there something that has worked for you in the past?
If you want to take a first step towards accountability add a comment declaring the one thing you are committed to achieving this year.
Let’s get started, plan to keep going and here’s to a prosperous and fulfilling 2013.