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Goals for 2013 can still be met

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If you haven’t accomplished your new year’s resolutions, it’s not too late to do so

Did you set goals or resolutions at the start of the year? If so, how have you progressed? You will be in one of three positions: you will have exceeded them, be on track to achieving them or have fallen behind.

If you are in the first two categories, well done and keep doing what you are doing. If, however, you are not on track to achieve your goals, don’t despair. You’ve still got a few days left to work toward attaining them.

So how can you make the last days of 2013 count and finish the year with a bang?

A probable reason why you may not have achieved your goals is procrastination. Perhaps you felt the time was not right or life just got in the way. However, the more you hesitate, the more time there is for new obstacles to make an appearance.

The antidote for procrastination is to develop a sense of urgency, which helps generate energy to move you towards your goals. Therefore, adopt a “do it now” philosophy. There is no time better than now to start working towards your goals. Don’t wait until the new year. Start today. In a few weeks’ time, you will start to see results.

Top tips for achieving the goals you set yourself

● Don’t despair if you have not yet achieved what you expected to
● Visualise yourself achieving your goals and imagine how the success will make you feel
● Avoid procrastinating, get motivated and adopt a “do It now” philosophy
● Discipline yourself and remain focused on your goals
● Take proactive action
● Celebrate your results
● Get ready to set new goals in 2014

A sat-nav system tells you how far you are from your destination. When you take a wrong turn, it adds the extra distance and time to your journey. Similarly, everything you do - or fail to do - moves you closer to, or further from, your goals. So get committed and enforce a strict sense of discipline that is required to cross the finish line.

Are you trying to get a new job or undertake a training programme? Or meet a personal goal such as adopting a healthier lifestyle?

Visualise yourself achieving your goal. Imagine how you would feel having successfully attained it. How does it feel to have achieved it? Also, imagine how you would feel if you failed to achieve it because you procrastinated. How does that feel? Use your feelings - the pleasure of success or pain of failure to get you motivated. Then act as if you have already achieved it.

Remember, the action you take today will produce the results you see tomorrow. Keep doing what you’ve always done and you’ll keep getting what you’ve always had. To get the desired outcome, you must do something different. Change the way you think and act - your results demonstrate your everyday action. As you achieve small successes reward yourself for meeting milestones.

The journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step. What step are you going to take today? Will it move you towards achieving your goals? Strive to make the remaining days of 2013 count and finish with a bang. It will make celebrating the new year even more special.


Ruth Oshikanlu is a nurse, midwife and health visitor, as well as a coach and managing director of Goal Mind. She is a Queen’s Nurse

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