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Take leaps with goal setting today

By Lanre Olusola
12 December 2019   |   3:50 am
A leap is what you do when you have to cover a lot of space and you need to project over that space. Leaps are like jumps, such that you make a quick jump that lands you into the next phase of development or goal.

A leap is what you do when you have to cover a lot of space and you need to project over that space. Leaps are like jumps, such that you make a quick jump that lands you into the next phase of development or goal. Leaping is about making quick and sudden shifts to new dimensions, levels, progress and achievements. It is an intentional effort, something you do by yourself that will scale your life from one level to another.

The year is ending and we are writing New Year resolutions. However, statistics record that 92 per cent of resolutions get forgotten within the first two weeks because these resolutions are like wishes, example “I want to travel abroad”, or “I want to have more money”. These wish lists make you feel good in the moment until you go back into the year and you see that nothing about you has really changed. Your patterns are still the same with no real internal change to achieve set goals.

During a survey conducted on how people feel when they don’t achieve their goals, the top emotions identified were:
Frustration – when you think you should be something, have something, get something and your reality is that this thing is not there;
Anger – when you have a strong feeling displeasure and hostility, in this case towards yourself and sometimes blaming situations and people around you;

Sadness – when you are unhappy which, if not checked can result in Depression.
Discouraged – when you lose confidence or enthusiasm in being passionate about anything, even in yourself and you constantly wait for “life to happen”, feeling Inadequate.

When you don’t achieve the goals you set, most of the time you don’t want to set another one. Instead, you just decide to leave your life to chance, take what comes and say that you don’t set goals because you never achieve them.

However, the most powerful lives on the face of the earth today, most successful and most progressive lives always have something they are chasing – and they there are intentional about it. We should always have something to shoot for!

The quality of your life is determined by the quality of things you are chasing. If you can find out the science, art and psychology of setting and achieving goals you would have taken your life to a whole new dimension, a whole new place.Whether you like it or not you are actually chasing some goals, which you may be or not be intentional about. When you get up daily to brush your teeth, it’s a goal; while for some others, their biggest goal is getting out of their bed.

Top four mistakes people make when setting their goals, which if not addressed, can hinder one from achieving set goals include:
1. Setting Goals that are not SMART: If your goals are not SMART, then it will not be possible to achieve them. Your goals must be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time Framed. For you to achieve your goals, you need to set specific and clearly articulated goals, which are also evaluative in nature. A lot of people dream fantasy lives and set goals that are not achievable and realistic in nature. Some people do not give their goals an actualization date. Time is useless without timeliness; you must set a time-bound for your goals in order to make its actualization realistic. What never gets measured; never gets done!

2. Not having a Step-by-Step Plan: The goal setting process cannot be ignored. For you to get results, you have to follow and commit to the process. It is not possible to achieve a goal without practical strategies. Before you set a goal, you need to assess your previous goals, overcome procrastination, evaluate, discover and understand your success and failure model. These are some of the steps that you must take to achieve your goals. Do not expect the actualization of your goals without following the entire process.

3. Having no accountability partner: One of the main reasons people do not achieve their goal is because they are not accountable to anyone who will encourage them. You need to have someone who will motivate, propel and give you that extra push of support when you need it. Lastly, you have to be courageous enough to approach people who can guide you on your path.

4. Setting too many Goals at the same time: You cannot set too many goals at the same time and expect to achieve them all at once. Prioritize. What is the most important goal that you need to achieve right now? Make a priority list and follow the process to achieve your goals.

At the Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy (OLCA), we have created a Goal-Setting Masterclass, which goes beyond writing things down, but involves taking an entire journey from start to end, a visual neurological journey, such that before you finish the entire process, you begin to see yourself as having completed the goal. This is where the leap comes out from as you would have already rewired yourself, programmed yourself vis-a-vis that goal. It so solid on your inside, that you are seeing the achievement of your goal before you begin, knowing what action plans you have to take as you would have created your success model during the process. It will help you take the first step in the right direction towards achieving your goals.

This Goal-Setting Masterclass is not just a mental intellectual process as your whole being is involved. You get to understand why you procrastinate which is a major barrier to achieving set goals. Are you ready to turn your dream(s) into reality, eliminate goal-setting mistakes and follow through a strategic step-by-step process to setting and achieving your goals?Are you ready to leap into the leap year, with the energy and drive to achieve set goals?

Then sign up for our Goal-Setting Masterclass, which runs from the 17th – 18th December 2019. To register, visit call 08077077000 or send an email to
Tolu Afonja
Life & Relationship Coach
Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy (OLCA)

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