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Friday lunchtime seminar: Goal setting and achieving

As part of its regular Friday lunchtime staff seminars, payday lender 247Moneybox.com tackles the tricky concept of goal setting and most importantly goal achieving. Whilst setting a goal, whether that be personally, for a team or for an organisation, there are some common themes that can help one follow through on them. At this time of year setting new year's resolutions are aplenty but how many are still ongoing come the summer? Here is a succinct digest of a seminar led by Rob Blackhouse, aspiring life coach and 247Moneybox.com customer services agent.


Man signing contract

Thanks everyone for coming this lunchtime. I thought we could start by shouting out some of the more obvious new year's resolutions.

  • Exercise more
  • Lose weight
  • Learning a new skill or hobby
  • De-clutter
  • Save money / spend less money
  • Quit smoking

These are the goals most commonly set for a new year. However, most people are not successful when it comes to achieving them. If you are determined to make a change in your life, there are certain steps that you can take to set yourself up for success.

Setting your goals

It starts with setting the right kinds of goals. If you are going to invest your time and effort into something, make sure you are motivated to achieve what you set out to do. Specifically, choose a goal that you want to reach for yourself and not for others. This way it will be easier for you to stick to it in the long-run. It is also important to think about how you phrase your goals. The SMART technique is helpful when it comes to this. The principle is to set goals which are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-sensitive.

People often have the idea of changing their lives in every aspect when a new year comes around, and they make up a long list of goals to go along with this. However, it is very likely that none of these goals will be achieved because there are simply too many areas to work on at the same time. Therefore, it makes more sense to prioritize your goals and pick only the most important ones to focus your energy on. Staying realistic is key.

Formulating the goal itself is only the first step. Make sure that you always have a strategy in place to actually attain it. This way you have a clear starting point and know what needs to be done.

Staying on track

One of the most important steps to take on your way to reaching your goals is holding yourself accountable for your progress. It is easy to find excuses for why you are not sticking to your plans if the only person who knows about them is you. Telling the people around you about your goals is a sure-fire way to stay on track, as someone else will now pay attention to your progress. You can even ask them to remind you of your plans when they see you slacking.

Writing down your goals and keeping them somewhere easily visible will work as a constant reminder, keeping important things at the forefront of your mind. This goes hand-in-hand with tracking your goals and regularly checking whether you are sticking to the strategy you set out. This way you can look back at what you have already accomplished.

Lastly, remember that it is only human to sometimes get distracted and slack on your resolutions. But failure is part of the process and you should not dwell on it for too long, but rather use it as motivation to do better going forward. If you know what you are working towards and the destination is meaningful to you, you will get there eventually.