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These are the steps you need to take to reach your goals

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If you’re still dragging your heels towards reaching your goals, there’s a few key steps you need to take now.

It’s all too easy on New Year’s Eve to make grand statements: This is the year I will get fit / start my business / meet my partner.

But if you’re not making practical steps to reach those goals, you’re not going to actually get much done at all.

It’s difficult to know where to start, especially if you’ve set yourself a long list of ambitions.

And that might be the crux of the problem, according to Melbourne based life strategist Shannah Kennedy.

She believes people need to focus on the goals they truly attached to.

“It’s better to have less goals but be passionate about the ones you have.”

She said she saw many people who’ve set targets they’re not “emotionally attached to.”

For example, “maybe you don’t really want to build a business.”

She said recognising which ambitions you want to focus on is an important step to achieving them.

“People come to me with lots of goals and then they realise they don’t want that at all.”

Once people actually narrow down what they truly want to achieve, Shannah has further advice: carve out wasted time. Juggling running a business with raising her kids, she knows she won’t achieve everything she’s aiming for without being disciplined.

“I have non-negotiable rituals: no phone in the bedroom, (and) I only check my social media for 15 minutes a day.

She also uses technology to her advantage, but putting on a ‘do not disturb’ setting on her computer for much of the day, so she can achieve what she’s set out to do.

Because many people are incredibly busy in their day to day lives, Shannah believes you have to be realistic about time, and what you can achieve within it.

“I have a family and business to run – I don’t have time to waste.”

She also makes sure she’s investing in her health so she can keep up the pace, scheduling regular gym or yoga sessions – if she schedules them in they become a priority she won’t squeeze out.

“I am a priority and I’m not going to waste time with distractions that make me feel exhausted.”

In terms of practical goals some of her clients are looking to achieve, Shannah tailors her advice:

HEALTH GOALS

Shannah feels too many people who are looking to become healthier are far too narrow in their focus. Instead of aiming for a crash diet where you might shift a few kilos, people need to look at overall changes in their lifestyle, and most importantly, make those changes things you can maintain in the long term.

“Most people think about the word diet instead of the word health (which is counterproductive).”

“Think about making better choices, portion control, eating less. You have to avoid fad diets and think about making changes for the rest of your life.”

While there are many ways you can take Shannah’s advice, one easy way for busy women is to take the thinking out of it and get someone else to design your menu, such as sticking to a Five Point Four nutritionally balanced meal plan.

WORK

While everyone’s work challenges are different, Shannah said there are similarities in what people need to do if they want to be successful.

Whether you’re climbing the corporate ladder or looking to launch your own business Shannah said there are four key points that people keen to keep in mind.

“(People need) clarity, direction, focus, and structure.

“And usually they’re missing part of that.”

Shannah suggested taking stock and looking at what exactly needs addressing, and how goals might be met.

“Are you going to increase your network? Or do you need to focus on doing something like upskilling that will have a big impact on your career?”

Shannah said it’s not only people who want to get to the top of their profession who need to look at life goals. For many busy women in particular, their goal should be finding a better work/life balance, and not to stretch themselves to an unrealistic and unsustainable point.

“You can’t perform your best if you’re overworked.”

She said getting enough sleep is a non-negotiable to create work-life balance, and the best way to do that was to set boundaries at work, so you could protect “what’s important to you.”

Ways to improve your life in 2019

  • Focus on your goals that are most important to you. If you’re not passionate about it, it will be harder to stick to.
  • Be strict about your time. It’s precious and you can’t make more of it. Don’t waste it on social media.
  • Be clever about ways to carve out more time: put do not disturb alerts on at work and take away time-consuming tasks. One way to do this is by using a meal delivery service like Five Point Four which will give you a healthy, well-balanced diet, as opposed to ordering take away when you’re tired.
  • Take time to step back and look at where you’ve gone wrong in the past. Keep checking in on yourself to avoid making the same mistakes again.
  • Be kind to yourself: Book in time for you and stick to it.

 

Shannah Kennedy is a Melbourne-based life strategist and founder of The Essentialists, teaching life and wellness skills.

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