Book Review: The One Thing by Gary Keller

The One Thing - focusOne of the participants in a Goal Setting teleclass asked me to recommend a book on time management. My mind immediately went to The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan.

The participant mentioned that she felt like a fox running after many rabbits in the forest. She noted that this was tiring and she got very dismal results on her goals.

The One Thing kicks off with a Russian proverb that says, “If you chase two rabbits…you will not catch either one.” So it’s no wonder that it quickly came to my mind.

This book is based on the premise that:

“When you want the absolute best chance to succeed at anything you want, your approach should always be the same. Go small.”

When you go small you’re able to achieve bigger results in a shorter time.

To implement The One Thing in your goal setting, you ask yourself:

“What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?”

This question will help you narrow your concentration, focus, and resources.

What possibilities does this book raise?

3 simple lessons from The One Thing

1. Extraordinarily successful companies always have one product or service they’re most known for or that makes them the most money. 

The authors give examples of companies like Starbucks, KFC, Google, Apple, Coca-Cola, and others. If you’re in business, this is a great example to follow so that your business gets known for one thing only. You can then you build other products or services from the main one.

2. It takes one person to help you succeed

This is someone who pushes or motivates you to succeed. Your one person can be a mentor, parent, relative, teacher, coach, or an agent. It’s someone who believes in you, gives you room to grow or helps you take your talent to the next level.

3. You should focus on your one passion or skill

Extraordinarily successful people focus on one intense emotion or one learned ability that shines through. This defines them or drives them more than anything else.

Focus when setting your goals

I’m a goal setting freak. I’ve used different goal setting systems in the past and written a lot about goal setting and yearly planning.

Frankly speaking, I didn’t resonate with the message in The One Thing the first time I read it. In fact, it sat in my Amazon wish list for a long time despite its low price. It wasn’t until I got tired of ending the year with some unachieved goals that I was ready to try something different.

I read the book in one go (it’s a very simple and well-explained text) and then worked through it chapter by chapter. Coming from a background of setting at least 7 goals per year, it was hard for me to narrow down to one goal for the year.

Once I got used to focusing on one thing, goal setting and tracking became real easy. The authors give a clear and easy-to-follow system. However, you must be willing to let go of all that you know and any assumptions you have about goal setting and achievement.

Being a step-by-step kind of person, I found Chapter 14 of the book very useful as it lays out a system for creating your life plan and then start implementing it today.

This plan includes questions that help you set goals starting from the future Someday Goal and moving closer to 5-year, 1-year, monthly, weekly and daily goals. You’re then able to focus on what you’re doing now so that it fits into this timeline.

How I’ve put The One Thing into practice this month

You don’t have to wait until the end of the year to implement the strategies in this book. I read it in November and revamped the goals that I was thinking of for the New Year.

I used the book when setting my goals for 2017 because I wanted to narrow down and concentrate on only one thing for my business this year.

On the business end, I got my marketing in order when I created my timeline. In the process, I noted that in 2016, I tried to get business from different places (chasing many rabbits). This ran me ragged and my marketing results were not as great as I wanted.

When I got my timeline right and identified my One Thing for business, I realized that writing is my best marketing method. I enjoy writing (including blogging and my weekly newsletter) and it’s the one thing that I did effortlessly last year.

Best of all, blogging in 2015-2016 led to:

  • An eBook that sells online (creating passive income…).
  • Referrals from my readers.
  • New coaching clients.
  • Return clients.
  • Invitations to speak and train.
  • Invitations to write guest articles for 3 blogs.

This year, I’ve turned things around and made blogging my one marketing thing. My main goal is to optimize this blog and fill it with useful content for my readers.

I will interact with my readers, inform them through tips and resources, and inspire them to break free of their limitations to success this year.

I also used The One Thing to set personal, spiritual and financial goals for the year (one each). These goals don’t feel overwhelming because I can comfortably fit them into my daily schedule by asking myself the One Question each day and when I feel stuck.

Final words

Many people read personal development books and expect quick success. This will not happen with The One Thing. If you’re looking for instant results, then this is not your book.

I also don’t see it as an easy to implement book for someone who is just starting out in goal setting. If this is your first time setting formal goals, first try out the goal setting articles on this blog. You can then move to The One Thing when you’ve gotten used to working with daily, weekly and monthly goals.

The process outlined in this book may seem very simple, but it will take time to implement and make it work for you. This is how I’m going to use it this year (feel free to copy my system):

  • Set aside time to read it through in one go (done).
  • Create the plan (done).
  • Use the plan every day, week and month.
  • Read the book daily for 15 minutes to maintain focus and motivation.

In conclusion, I see this system as a very powerful way to kick off the year and keep track of your goals and results. This is one book that I will use throughout the year because I can see its immense value in my personal life and business.

Additional resources from the authors

Accountability is a great tool for goal achievement. Therefore, I recommend that you use the book in a group that holds you accountable. You can download a free group discussion guide from the book’s official website.

You can also download worksheets, figures, guides and templates from the website. Some of the forms are available for immediate download. Others require that you sign up for the publisher’s email list using your name and email address.

Over to you now…

What is your One Thing for this year?

How will you stay focused on this one thing?

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Disclosure: This review is based on my personal experience of The One Thing. Your experience could be different. Please note that some of the links on this page are affiliate links. As such, I will receive a commission from the vendors when you buy the book using these links. Note that I only recommend books and programs that I believe in and that have had a positive effect in my life or business.

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Caroline Gikonyo is a Life and Business coach who works with high-achieving professional and business women who are stuck, overwhelmed, overworked, unhappy and unfulfilled. She helps her clients become leaders in their professions and business industries once they get unstuck and eliminate time wastage. You can contact Caroline to request for a Strategy Session and find out how she can help you achieve better personal, professional, or business results.

How to conduct a powerful review of your year

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The last 2 weeks of December are a good time to review your year – if you haven’t already done so. This is a more relaxed time and the pressures of work have reduced for most people.

A well-done yearly review is an amazing source of information and reflection about your life. It will show you what worked well and what didn’t. You’ll also have a clearer picture of what you like and what you don’t like. Finally, you’ll have a strong foundation for the next year.

In this article, I share the system I use to review the year before setting goals for the New Year.

Preparation

It’s a good idea to prepare for the review in advance. To do this:

  • Set aside time (1-2 days) for the review and schedule it in your calendar.
  • Find a quiet place for the exercise. If you can, do the review away from home or office. Being in a neutral area will give you more focus and peace of mind.
  • Prepare your materials including:
    • Your long-term goals and plans.
    • Your goals and plans for the year that’s ending.
    • Any plans or reviews you’ve done during the year (e.g. monthly, quarterly or half-year).
    • Physical evidence of measurable goals such as your payslips (to evaluate salary increase), financial statements, business reports, health indicators, etc.
    • Writing materials – pen paper, notebook, writing pad, 3×5 index cards, marker pens, post it notes.
    • Your laptop.
  • A printout of this article so that you can follow the steps.

Over time, I’ve discovered that the review and goal setting processes work best when done long-hand style and not on a computer.

Review Process

1. Your scores for the year

I always start and end the year with a score sheet. This sheet evaluates 8 core areas of my life:

  • Spirituality
  • Personal development or growth
  • Health
  • Work, career, business
  • Finances
  • Family
  • Social life (including friends)
  • Philanthropy or giving

Rate each area on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being a low score for each category and 10 being the ultimate level of success for the category.

Some categories such as spirituality need an intuitive score. Others such as health, career, business and finances require tangible figures.

My core areas may not reflect your life so it’s important that you have a clear idea about the areas you want to measure in your life.

Complete your rating before moving on to the next step.

2. Successes

The following questions will help you identify both minor and major successes. It’s easy to focus on the major ones and forget the lesser but still important achievements. When evaluating your successes, think about:

  • What you achieved or accomplished this year.
  • What you did in an outstanding way.
  • The things you’re most proud of doing, being or having.
  • Strides made in your personal development this year.
  • Obstacles you overcame.
  • The smartest decision you made this year.
  • The biggest risk you took that paid off.
  • Unexpected successes that you had.

3. Failures and challenges

Many people fear the word failure and try to cloak it in different ways. I’m guilty of this too and prefer to use the term “Learning experiences” rather than failures.

Our education system and society have pre-conditioned us to avoid failure as much as possible. However, if you take time to identify your failures and learn from them, you will have made massive progress in your life.

Here are some questions to ask in this section:

  • What were your failures this year?
  • What was the hardest challenge you had this year and why?
  • In which instances did you act negatively?
  • What are you least proud of this year?
  • Are there important goals or milestones that you missed? Which ones and why?
  • Which are the areas where you found yourself procrastinating the most?

The best thing about failures is that they help you learn faster than you would with successes. Don’t fear failure. Embrace it and learn from it as fast as you can.

4. Lessons Learned

A review of your year only works when you learn from your successes and challenges.

Expand your exploration and go through the year month by month. You can read through your journal or evaluate your monthly planners for ideas.

What can you say about this year?

  • Are there goals that are irrelevant or that you keep putting off?
  • Can you identify areas where you have grown or regressed?
  • What small changes did you experience through the year?
  • Who has supported you the most this year and in what way?
  • Who has challenged you the most this year – someone who you need to let go of next year?
  • Which toxic relationships were you able to detox from this year? How did that work for you?
  • Where did you spend time and money very well?
  • Where did you waste time and money the most?
  • What did you like best about this year?
  • What did you like least this year?
  • In which areas did you achieve massive success with the least effort and resources?
  • What are 3 new things you’ve learnt about yourself this year?
  • What major life lessons did you learn this year? How will you utilize them in the next year?

5. What will you do differently next year?

This question will help you prepare your plan for the new year. The aim is to make the next year even better than this one.

  • Looking at your scores for this year (Step 1), which areas need the most work and why?
  • Which goals do you need to abandon?
  • What will be your main focus next year?
  • What big goals do you need to work on?
  • Which relationship(s) do you need to build or amplify next year?
  • What kind of person do you want to become next year? (Think of habits and behaviours that you need to stop, change or learn).
  • What trainings will you attend next year?

Conclusion

Setting goals for the new year can be a daunting job if you don’t prepare adequately for it.

Conducting a review of the year before the year ends will help you avoid coming up with New Year resolutions that you don’t keep. It will also help you plan for what will happen after you achieve your goals.

Review your year this week and let the review guide you as you set your goals for next year.

Have a happy holiday and great start to 2017!

Over to you now…

Do you review the year before planning for the next one?

What review method do you use and what have the results been?

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Tired of setting goals and not achieving them?

Enroll in this step-by-step system to learn how to end frustrations and struggles. Find out how you can set goals and work on them diligently throughout the year. You will also learn how to solidify your goals in your mind so that achieving them becomes automatic. Heal your life. Get rid of your baggage. Overcome your obstacles. Revive the happier person you once were. Re-ignite fun and respect in your life…starting right now! Discover…Break Free: Get Unstuck and Start Living Your Dream Life. This program was specifically designed to help high-achieving women improve their lives as they pursue their professional and business goals.

Click here to find out when the next group opens up.

You can also contact me on info@newdawnsolutions.net or call 0703 119 241 if you’d like to work with me 1-1 for a more personalized program that is tailor-made just for you.

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Caroline Gikonyo is a Life and Business Coach at New Dawn Solutions. She helps brilliant professional and business women become more successful while working less. Her clients are able to reduce stress, overwhelm, and burnout and achieve goals they had given up on. You can contact Caroline to request for a Strategy Session and find out how she can help you achieve better personal, professional, or business results.

Are you waiting for your ship to sail in?

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Earl Nightingale was brought up in a poor family and there was no way for him to become rich (or so people thought). He also grew up believing that rich people weren’t happy.

This belief worked until he was seven years old when he observed rich people having a great time. Until that time, it had never occurred to him that grownups could be wrong.

Observing rich people having fun shifted his thinking. In the process, he realized that another family belief – that one day his ship would sail in and bring them a better life – was not physically possible.

That was his AHA moment! And so he made a lifelong quest to find out what makes people succeed. He implemented what he learnt and changed his thoughts and actions to suit what he wanted to achieve.

By taking action on his dreams, Earl become a very successful motivational speaker, bestselling author, and entrepreneur. He won awards from the Napoleon Hill Foundation and the International Speakers Hall of Fame among others.

His audio The Strangest Secret became the first non-music audio to sell a million LPs (that was before CDs and MP3s).

Earl later teamed up with Lloyd Conant and formed Nightingale-Conant Corporation, the world’s greatest collection of personal development materials.

The foundation of Earl’s work is two-found: you become what you think about and taking action on your goals and dreams.

Are you taking action on your dreams?

Many people today wait for their ‘ships’ to sail in. They have desires and maybe even goals, but never work on them.

One thing I’ve discovered in my personal life and when working with clients, is that it’s not easy to take consistent action on the things you want.

You may be very motivated and even have a clear action plan, but life always seems to get in the way of what we want.

How then do you stay motivated and keep moving forward?

1. Before you start…

The first thing you need to do is make sure that you set the stage right. So before you start, take time to write all the things you want to achieve within a certain period (e.g. a year).

Next, prioritize your list with #1 being what you want the most. This is also something that will have the biggest positive impact on your life when you achieve it.

Finally, take the #1 desire and make it into a SMART goal.

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2. Break your goal into small steps

Having a SMART goal is not the end. In fact, the goal may seem so huge that you give up on it even before you start.

The next step is to break this goal down into actionable steps. Think through and write down all the steps you need to complete to achieve this goal.

Again, prioritize these steps in terms of sequence and time.

3. Commit to taking action daily

The first thing to do here is to create space in your calendar for working on your goals. Ideally, you should work on your #1 goal every day – for at least an hour a day if possible.

So pull out your calendar and plug-in your top 3 action steps as identified previously. Make these into appointments and commit to keeping these commitments daily.

When you schedule your goals as appointments, it’s easy to say No to other commitments by saying, “I’m sorry, I have an appointment at that time.” You don’t have to tell the person what this appointment is…you simply let them know that the time is taken.

4. Grow and learn

In the process of working on your goals, you will identify areas where you need to improve. Find ways of becoming better by:

  • taking classes,
  • reading books,
  • getting e-courses,
  • attending seminars and workshops,
  • networking,
  • working with a mentor,
  • participating in online or offline masterminds, or
  • working with a coach.

The internet has opened up the world and provided free and low-cost learning and growth opportunities. Take advantage of them and become a master goal-achiever.

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5. Review constantly

When a ship sets off, it has a specific destination. When it’s sailing, it goes off-course many times. However, the captain is always aware of this and uses navigational instruments to keep the ship moving towards its destination.

You need to do something similar with your goals.

Review your progress each day, week, month, quarter and year so that you know whether you are on-course or off-course. When your quarterly or half-yearly reviews show that you need to shift your direction, take time to evaluate that information and make the necessary changes.

My mid-year review this year helped me get crystal clear focus on what is working for my business. By dropping what was not working, I’ve saved time and reduced the amount of work I’m doing.

Create a system for reviewing your goals so that you don’t get off track or lose motivation. Use your reviews to guide your ship safely to its destination.

Over to you now…

Are you taking action on your goals or waiting for your ship to sail in?

Share your experience in the Comments below and let me know what’s working or not working for you

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Caroline Gikonyo is a Life and Business Coach at New Dawn Solutions. She helps brilliant professional and business women become more successful while working less. Her clients are able to reduce stress, overwhelm, and burnout and achieve goals they had given up on. You can contact Caroline to request for a complimentary Strategy Session and find out how she can help you achieve better personal, professional, or business results .

How to achieve your goals effectively with 90 day goal setting

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I believe in setting big and audacious goals. I do that, teach people how to do it, and write a lot about it. In the past, my goal setting was based on a 12-month system.

This year, I tried out a new 90 day goal setting process and it’s worked out perfectly.

Why 90 Days?

While I’m able to work on my goals diligently for the year, I’ve come to discover that most achievements come from actions taken in the last quarter of the year.

This made me explore what other personal development experts say about 90 day goal setting and there was a lot of information supporting it (to my surprise).

90 days is good enough time for you to create momentum while maintaining focus. This means that you won’t be tempted to procrastinate on your goals. It’s also easier to break your main goals for the year into 90 day chunks that you work on each quarter.

The best thing about using the 90 day goal setting system is that it gives you clarity about what you need to do and when.

For example, I had set a goal of completing a coach training program this year but hadn’t taken any action by the end of January. By breaking down the goal into 90 day chunks, I realized that I had to sign up for the training by March and not May as I had earlier thought.

This in turn pushed me to get one new client by February so that the extra income would pay for the training. I try as much as possible not to add new expenses without first getting a way of paying for them.

I signed up for the training program in March and completed it in August. Had I waited for May, chances are high that I wouldn’t have taken it up at all.

How the 90 day goal setting system works

Step 1: Select your goals

This process works best when you focus on 1-3 yearly goals at a time.

Looking at your goals for the year, identify the top 3 goals that will have the biggest impact on your life, career, or business when you achieve them.

If you’re doing this in the last quarter of the year, then focus on your top yearly goal only.

Step 2: Identify your 90 day goals

Break down each of your yearly goals into all the steps that you need to complete in order to achieve the goal.

Prioritize the steps and pick the top 3 that will have the biggest impact on your goals within the next 90 days. These steps become your 90 day goals.

Always ensure that your goals fit the SMART criteria, and 90 day goals are no exception. SMART is an acronym for:

  • Specific: Every goal should be clear and well-defined.
  • Measurable: You should be able to evaluate your success at the end of the 90 days.
  • Achievable: The goals will stretch you a bit, but still be possible to achieve.
  • Realistic: Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting goals that are way beyond your realm of achievement.
  • Time-bound: All goals should have a deadline. In this case, the time limit is 90 days – give each of your goals a specific deadline.

If you’re new to goal setting, have a look at this article I wrote about making your goals SMART.

Step 3: Take action

The first action is to plug your goals into your schedule. Make these goals a priority each day so that they stay at the top of your mind.

Ideally, you should work on your core goals within the first hour of the day. If this is not possible, then make sure that you do something related to these goals each day.

I normally have my clients create appointments in their calendar for their top goals and work everything else around these appointments.

When you do this, you’re able to say ‘No’ to other things because you ‘…have an appointment scheduled at that time…’ No one needs to know what your appointment is, but you know how critical it is for you to have it.

Step 4: Review constantly

Each evening, review what you have done that day to move towards your goals.

After the review, ask yourself, “What needs to be done next?” Identify one thing you can do the next day and schedule it in your calendar.

Repeat this review at the end of the week and plan for the next week.

Do the same at the end of each month.

Finally, at the end of 90 days, evaluate what you’ve achieved by then. Chances are high that you’ll have achieved the 90 day goals or you’ll have made good progress towards their achievement.

Step 5: Rinse and repeat

At the end of this period, measure your progress in relation to your yearly goal(s) and repeat the 90 day goal setting and achievement process:

  • Identify the top 3 steps you need to take within the next 90 days.
  • Make these your SMART 90 day goals.
  • Schedule your goals as daily appointments in your calendar.
  • Evaluate your progress daily, weekly and monthly.
  • Complete the process and set new 90 day goals.
  • Rinse and repeat.

In this way, you’ll get used to working on your goals each day, week, and month.

You’ll also be able to make changes in your goals in time instead of working on something for a whole year and then realizing that it wasn’t important or that you could have done it differently.

Your next step

Achieving your goals gets easier when you’re focused and have a step-by-step action plan.

When you use this 90-day goal setting and achievement system, you will make massive progress on your goals, reduce chances of procrastination, and keep yourself motivated all through.

It can be quite confusing to do all this on your own, which is why I’ve created a low-cost teleclass to help you figure it all out.

Sign Up for the next class through this link:
Goal Setting for Peak Performance

…and move your life, career or business to the next level.

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Caroline Gikonyo is a Life and Business Coach at New Dawn Solutions. She helps brilliant professional and business women become more successful while working less. Her clients are able to reduce stress, overwhelm, and burnout and achieve goals they had given up on. You can contact Caroline to request for a complimentary Strategy Session and find out how she can help you achieve better personal, professional, or business results .

7 goal setting mistakes that will keep you stuck

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“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it.”

Michelangelo

 

How easy is it for you to achieve all the goals you’ve set?

If you’re like many people, achieving goals is not easy and by the end of the year, you have a list of goals not achieved or New Year resolutions that are still pending.

One or more of the following goal setting mistakes are to blame if you haven’t been able to set and achieve goals easily.

7 Common Goal Setting Mistakes

#1: Setting unclear and vague goals

The first rule of goal setting is to make your goals SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound). This will help you have a clear idea of the end-result you’re seeking.

For example, “Lose weight this year” is not a clear goal, but “I will slim down to 60kg by 31st December 2016” is a SMARTer goal.

Goals that are not SMART are simply dreams; and dreams that are SMART are goals.

#2: Having unrealistic expectations

Sometimes we set goals that are too ambitious for our current situation. We aim too high, or set too many goals at once. While a goal should stretch you out of your comfort zone, it should not push you right off the cliff.

Going back to the weight loss example above, wanting to shed 50kg in one year may be difficult unless you’ve signed up for a program like Slimpossible where your weight loss will be closely monitored and controlled by experts.

A more realistic goal would be “I will slim down by 24kg by 31st December 2016” because shedding off 2kg a month is possible, even on your own.

Also remember to work on one main goal at a time until you become an expert goal achiever, after which you can start working on multiple goals at the same time.

#3: Not writing your goals down

If you’ve thought out your goal and even made it SMART, but it’s all in your brain, then your chances of achieving it are almost nil.

Follow the advice of Brian Tracy, a leading goal setting expert, and always think on paper. Take time to prioritize your goals and then put them in writing.

#4: Being too rigid

While it’s OK to have SMART goals, you need to be flexible when working on them. When you work on your goals rigidly, you miss out on opportunities that come your way – opportunities you hadn’t thought of.

For example, one of my clients set a goal to open a workshop for her interior design business. In the course of the year, she found someone making one of the core products she was going to produce in the workshop.

This supplier does a great job so my client opted to use the supplier instead of opening a workshop. It saved her money, time and the headache of managing staff.

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#5: Lack of action

You’ve set your goal, created a plan to achieve it, and then done nothing about it. Without action, nothing will happen.

And sometimes, we get too focused on creating the perfect plan that we end up with ‘analysis paralysis’ which leads to lack of action.

As the saying goes, a half-baked plan that’s implemented has a bigger impact than a well-baked plan that’s not implemented. Take action on your goals and don’t wait for the perfect time.

#6: Focusing on the wrong things

A lot of people spend their time working on goals that either belong to someone else, or will not make a difference in their lives in the long-term.

Women are especially good at working on things that their husbands or families think would be great for them.

A good question to ask yourself before you set your goals is, “What would make the most positive difference in my life if I were to achieve it within the next 12 months?”

Ask yourself this question over and over again until you have a list of 10-20 items. Prioritize the list, make goal #1 your main focus for the next year, and start working on it now instead of waiting for January 1st.

#7: Not keeping track of your goals

Setting your goals doesn’t mean that you will achieve them fast. It takes time and the larger the goal, the more time it will take to achieve.

Just as organisations conduct yearly employee performance reviews, you too should take time to review your goals regularly.

Do the review yearly for mid and long-term goals (2-5 year goals) and monthly for your yearly goals. Take time at the middle of each year to conduct a mid-year review. This review can produce surprising results as mine did.

To make the reviews easier, break your main goal into monthly and weekly goals. Then use the weekly goals to create your daily tasks so that you’re able to keep track and make changes fast if need be.

How can you get unstuck and make progress on your goals?

Goal achievement experts recommend that you set your goals and work on them diligently from the beginning of the year. Unfortunately this is not possible for most people who lose momentum as the year progresses…and they give up on their goals.

A great way of maintaining focus on your goals is to work on them in 90-day chunks. This means that you set your main goal for the year and then break it down into quarterly sub-goals.

When you use this 90-day process, you will make massive progress on your goal, reduce chances of procrastination, and keep yourself motivated all through.

It can be quite confusing to do all this on your own, which is why I’ve created a low-cost teleclass to help you figure it all out.

To sign up for the next class, click this link:
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It’s time for you to move to the next level.

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Caroline Gikonyo is a Life and Business Coach at New Dawn Solutions. She helps brilliant professional and business women become more successful while working less. Her clients are able to reduce stress, overwhelm, and burnout and achieve goals they had given up on. You can contact Caroline to request for a complimentary Strategy Session and find out how she can help you achieve better personal, professional, or business results .

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Going beyond goal setting to achieve your goals

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The second half of the year is a good time to evaluate how to achieve your goals for the year. By this time, you have an indication of what’s working and what’s not working. If you completed a mid-year review, then you have a clear idea of the changes you have to make.

Going beyond goal setting, have you ever prepared for what will happen after you achieve your goals? Or do you simply handle whatever comes with the achievement of your goals? Have there been times when something caught you offguard once you have achieved a goal?

Some goals I’ve achieved over the years came with negative consequences. I was not prepared for these repercussions and some made me wish I had not achieved the goals.

Examples of goals gone sour

1. Weight loss

A few years ago, I wanted to lose weight so I shed off 22kg in 6 months. I looked and felt 10 years younger.

At that time, I was living outside the country and you can imagine the shock on people’s faces when I came back home! No one could handle this new me and it brought a lot of challenges.

I also couldn’t handle the attention I was getting, especially from men. I was in my late 30s and getting the same attention as I did in my early 20s. So I freaked out…and gained back all the weight, and more, in a short while.

When setting the goal to lose weight, I didn’t think of how I was going to handle living as a new person. This experience made me empathize with people who become anorexic after losing weight because they still ‘see’ themselves as fat and ‘feel’ fat all the time.

2. Moving to a new town

I moved from Mombasa to Nairobi in 2009, but I really wanted to move back to Mombasa. So I set a goal of making the move in December 2015 once my eldest son completed primary school.

Events unfolded in such a way that I achieved this goal one year in advance and I moved in December 2014. However, I had underestimated the changes I would have to make in my life and business after the move.

2015 ended up being a very challenging year, especially in my business, as I made the mental and physical shifts.

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3. Getting my dream car

I had this dream car that I thought of every day. The picture was on my Vision Board and it was my screen saver on the computer and tablet. My children and I would also count the number of similar cars as I dropped and picked them from school.

The car landed in my hands without much effort, but I hadn’t thought of the expenses it would incur. It came with costs for insurance, fuel (it was a guzzler), maintenance, and repairs. I also got warnings from people about the potential of being car jacked – which put me on high alert.

Within a year of getting this car, I was very tired of it and rarely used it. There were times when I found myself thinking nostalgically about my previous car, a Toyota Vitz. The reality of getting my dream car didn’t match the feelings I had when dreaming about it!

Achieve your goals by going beyond goal setting

I could give more examples, but I’m sure you now get the drift.

Looking at your own life, can you see similar examples? Are there goals that led to more distress instead of the positive vibes that you thought would come with achieving them?

As you work on your goals, take a step back and look at the negative repercussions or side effects that could come from achieving these goals.

Look at each goal you’re currently working on and ask yourself, “And then what…?” so that you identify what could possibly happen after you achieve it.

Some common examples to work with

1. You want a promotion

The money, recognition and prestige that comes with the promotion are very appealing. However, are you ready for the changes that will happen in your all areas of your life?

  • What if being promoted takes you away from your family and other social activities?
  • Are you prepared to spend extra hours working or travelling as part of this promotion?
  • What if the extra stress that comes with the job leads to health issues for you?
  • How will your family, friends and other colleagues handle the growth you’ll get when you rise in your career?
  • What will happen to your relationships when you rise way above the people you hang out with regularly?
  • If you’re married or in a relationship, how will your partner handle this growth, especially if you earn more than him?

2. You want to get married this year

You desperately want to have that lovely wedding that you’ve planned for for years. All you need is for the man to ask for your hand in marriage.

Love stories normally end with the wedding and people forget that marriage is what happens after the wedding. What will happen after you get married?

Will you want to be with this person if they:

  • no longer look supu and their bodies have changed for the worse?
  • lost their sight, hearing, or some of their limbs?
  • lost their job or business?
  • were unfaithful to you?
  • caused you pain?
  • stole all your savings or gambled family money?
  • got publicly implicated in some shady dealings?
  • turned into their (or your) mother or father?
  • …?

Can you look into the future and say, “Yes, I’d still want to be with him no matter what”?

I wish pre-marital counselling included a visit to the divorce court where the soon-to-be-married couple are shown worst case scenarios before they get married! Maybe people would take marriage more seriously after that.

3. Your biological clock is ticking…

…and you would do anything to get a baby.

I’ve met women who are so desperate to have a child that they would do anything to get one. Some trap men into marriage and others just get pregnant to fulfil this wish.

Relationships get broken. People feel trapped and react accordingly. There’s a lot of resentment associated with the child.

In all these scenarios, the person behind the scheming (or goal) eventually ends up losing. They never expected their ‘bundle of joy’ to be so much work, expense, and/or pain.

4. You want to start a business

Dreaming of starting a business is exciting. The reality of owning a business, especially during the startup phase, can be very challenging. When setting a goal to get into business ask yourself:

  • Do you have the time to handle the business?
  • Are you willing to go without an income from the business for the next 6 months or 1 year?
  • How would you feel or react if this business failed?
  • What if someone conned you and you lost your business or money?
  • How will you handle lean months when you have few or no customers?
  • What exactly will have to happen or change once the business is up and running?
  • If you’re starting the business while still working, will your family and friends be willing to put up with your abscence and lack of availability?
  • How will your relationships change?

This doesn’t mean that you should not start your business now. I’m asking you to evaluate the potential challenges that will come with the business.

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5. You want to buy a new car, home, or other large purchases

  • Is the purchase the right thing to make now or are you doing it to match your friends?
  • Do you have the money to make the purchase or will you have to take a loan?
  • What are the implications of making the purchase through a loan? Are there some basics that you’ll have to give up in order to service the loan?
  • How much will it cost you to maintain that purchase?
  • Do you need to buy extras together with this purchase?
  • What kind of a person will you have to become and do you need to change your image and lifestyle too?
  • Will there be additional stress when you worry about security?

Some large purchases will move your life forward. But there are others that will make your life a nightmare when maintaining and servicing them.

On a lighter note, a close friend got into credit card debt because she wanted to be like her friends. One day in a chama meeting, she noticed that her friend’s wallet had many cards. And so she set a goal to have as many cards as she could in her wallet.

She got a number of credit cards because she wanted other people to admire her when she opened her wallet. Years later, the cards in her wallet had become a big burden and headache. Servicing these cards was expensive and she was losing a lot of money in the process.

We laughed about it when she finally owned up. But, her story emphasized the fact that many people are breaking under debt they incurred so as to be admired by others.

What next?

Goals – whether written, voiced, or just deep in our hearts – can come with responsibilities or unexpected ‘after effects’.

As you work on your goals this year, take a step back, go beyond goal setting and evaluate:

  1. What it means to work on that goal – giving it your all and nothing less.
  2. What comes with the goal.
  3. How you will handle any responsibilities or negative repercussions that come with the goal.

You may not know exactly what comes next, but you will have a clearer picture of what to expect and how you can handle it. You’ll also be able to build in some extra cushioning into your goal, just in case.

For example, if I was to work on my dream car today, I would state my goal in such a way that:

  • it takes care of getting the car,
  • it provides me with all the necessary resources that I need to own and maintain the car,
  • the goal creates a positive and enjoyable experience with the car.

Maybe if I had done this before, I would have gotten comfort and security too. Or maybe, looking at all the ‘extras’ that would come with it, I would have realized that I really didn’t want that car anymore!

Over to you now…

What do you think of this process?

Do you normally plan for what will happen after you achieve your goals?

Have you worked hard on some goals and then not enjoyed achieving them?

I’d love to hear about your experiences in the Comments.

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Caroline Gikonyo is a Life and Business Coach at New Dawn Solutions. She helps brilliant professional and business women become more successful while working less. Her clients are able to reduce stress, overwhelm, and burnout and achieve goals they had given up on. You can contact Caroline to request for a complimentary Strategy Session and find out how she can help you achieve better personal, professional, or business results .