How to Accomplish Your 2013 Goals

In analyzing the first few weeks of 2013 I started to think about how to accomplish your 2013 goals? In order to be successful you and I must develop a process to accomplish our 2013 goals. During a recent call with one of my mentors, Ed DeCosta, we discussed the concept of “quit day”. January 15, 2013 was the official “quit day”. That was the day you and I were very likely to abandon our 2013 goals.

Are you among those who didn’t make it through ‘quit day”?
Or are you committed to staying the course?

Abandoning Goals

Abandoning goals doesn’t happen because you cannot achieve the goal. They happen because of a lack of accountability. This is a great reason to engage a professional coach. We all need some accountability in our lives.


As a coach I help my clients set realistic goals and hold them accountable. One of my clients is in the process of organizing a board. We have been working together to set specific goals and establish target dates. My client is moving through the process and well on the way to a having a functional board.
Like my client, a specific plan for your life will keep you on task. It will also help you evaluate when you are falling short of your target. A detailed plan of action is like a compass. It helps you to determine the direction you are traveling and to course correct when necessary.

What are your goals?

One of my goals for 2013 is to continue my personal development. I have a specific plan to grow my leadership knowledge and abilities this year. I have been working with my personal coach to crystallize these goals.
What about you? Do you have a plan for your growth? Even if you have abandoned your 2013 goals it is not too late. Start again now!

So how do you accomplish your 2013 goals?

  • Be intentional about every area of your life.
  • Establish a plan for your growth. When you fail to plan, you are actually planning to fail. What do want to accomplish in the first quarter? How do you plan to accomplish it? Personal growth includes all areas of your life. Do you have a plan for your relationships?
  • Determine how you can get better by challenging your assumptions. You will not grow by assuming that you will automatically grow. John Maxwell refers to this as The Assumption Gap. Whether you want to develop yourself mentally, spiritually, or emotionally you will need structure and knowledge. Do not fall into thinking “I do not know how to grow” or the big one “I have to find the best way before I start.’
  • Just do it. The best way to achieve any goal is to act. Keep moving forward with your goals or pick up where you stopped. Begin again if necessary. Don’t quit.
  • Self-Assessment:
    Here are a few questions and activities you can use to set your goals:

  • What do you need to do in order to develop yourself?
  • Picture yourself at the end of 2013, how will your life look?
  • What do you want to see?
  • I highly recommend John Maxwell’s book 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. To learn more about setting your goals and professional coaching contact me for a complimentary consultation.

    To empowered living,


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