“Whenever procrastination arises or momentum wanes, ask yourself the question: Is this important? If the answer is yes, then it’s time for action.” – Core Confidence

As February rolls around, everyone is officially back into the swing of things; January is the month to set goals for the new year, February is the month to act. We work with many women who want this year to ‘be different’, and yet it’s not unusual to see women shy away from their commitments and promises to change things. This is why it is vital to identify and prioritise what is important to you and create more of the experiences you’d love to have. 

2022 and you

In Chapter 2 of Core Confidence, we take a deep dive into setting goals and taking action. We define two key ways to set practical goals that align with your authentic self.

1. Pinpoint where you want change.

The first step in practical goal setting is to observe which areas in your life need specific attention. We know that when you shine a light on what’s not working in your life, it often feels uncomfortable.  But there is an opportunity here to be compassionate with yourself and gently lean into the process. 

Start by assessing all the elements that contribute to your current life; career, finances, relationships, health, fun, friends, family, etc. Where are you excelling? What’s getting left behind or ignored? We encourage you to think deeply about the impact this is having on your life. When you can identify the areas that are not gaining enough of your attention and the impact that is having, you can choose to prioritise some of those going forward and begin to set goals that will positively improve your life.  

The goal here is to honour each element. Well-rounded and balanced individuals not only perform better professionally – they are also more fulfilled in their personal life as well. 

2. Be SMART.

In our work, we have seen many women fail to achieve their targets because they have too many goals, not enough clarity, no support mechanisms, and no system to bring their goals to life. This is why we rely on SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) goals when creating a meaningful future. 

Roadblocks to achieving your goals

Taking any action leads to more intel and understanding, giving you a resource for learning and progression. But what happens if you get stuck? With all our work with women, we have defined three key reasons that stop women from achieving our goals.

1. Lack of clarity

Many women either procrastinate and do nothing or jump into action mode and skip over the clarity piece, specifically, clarity about what it is you really want. Don’t forget to be specific and dream big. 

2. Fear of failure

We often talk about the fear of failure and its ability to derail career progression. When you are worried about failure, the idea of an ambitious stretch goal can feel really difficult or even overwhelming. Don’t get stuck in the stories you tell yourself; it’s time to overcome your fear of failure.

3. Fear of success

“That sounds crazy” – we know, but it is more common than you think. Achieving your goals takes you into different places; a new world, new relationships, and new responsibilities. All this uncertainty and new opportunities can feel uncomfortable, and unfortunately, many women then stick with the status quo. This can look like starting to doubt your capabilities and basically sabotaging your progression – either because you’re worried about failing or worried about succeeding and upending your old comfortable life! However, when you are aware of the roadblocks, you can challenge your beliefs to understand what’s really going on and how to move forward.

It’s your time to act.

Once you’re clear about your goals, it’s time to develop a plan of action. We recommend following these four proven steps: 

  1. Prioritise and break down your goal into small doable steps – maybe quarterly, monthly and weekly actions.
  2. Keep your goals close. As we say in Core Confidence, “proximity is power when it comes to knowing and focusing on your goals”. (A post-it note by your computer can be an excellent visual reminder every day).
  3. Share your goals. Whether it’s with a friend, family member, or trusted colleague, being held accountable by someone other than yourself is an incredibly powerful force when it comes to driving action.
  4. Regularly review your progress. When you take time to review your goals, you can identify and address the roadblocks that may be hindering your progress. Remember, there is no perfect way to achieve goals, but there is a perfect way for you, you just have to find it!
So, what are you waiting for?

It’s time to shift your perspective and think differently about what you may be able to achieve and the directions you can take when it comes to areas of life. 

We have witnessed hundreds of women shift their perspective through our Acts Of Confidence program, proving with the right framework, you can achieve your goals in 2022 through clarity and courageous action. The doors are currently open for our next intake, starting Wednesday, February 9th 2022, and trust us when we say, you do not want to miss this! Make 2022 the year you control the voice in your head, escape the spiral of self-doubt, and step into your personal power. 

Watch one of our Acts Of Confidence clients talk about her experience below.