7 Tips to Motivate You to Set Goals for 2013

Focus on where you are goingTwo weeks into the Year, Have you set your Goals for 2013?


So are you feeling inspired and motivated for 2013 or are you feeling sluggish and a little blue after all the parties and overindulgence?

For the first time in many years I completely switched off at Christmas. My laptop sat idle as I indulged in Star Wars lego and Harry Potter movies. It was great, but come January I had a little problem, I couldn’t get going. I really lacked motivation. I started with the one thing I know works for me every time; I cleared my clutter.

1. The Spring Clean (in Winter)

Doing a spring clean at any time of the year will help you to think straight, if you have piles of clutter, paperwork or stuff lying around it inhabits a mental space which prevents you from giving your full processing power to what’s important. When I began to regularly declutter my home and my office space, I felt lighter, more focused and definitely more creative. The office clear out was just what I needed to get my brain to focus on what I want to in achieve this year. Try it you will be surprised how good it will make you feel.

2. Spend Time Alone

After clearing the clutter, take some time to think, ask yourself some deep questions, What would I do if I knew I could not fail? What one thing could I change in my life to make a massive impact on my happiness? Download my free goal setting guide here which will help you to ask the right questions. Time alone is so important and not just at New Year. Create a routine where you get to spend time alone once a day, if that is not possible make a date with yourself at least once a week, where you go to your favourite coffee shop or go to a local park and just be.

3. Get Help

If you know what you want but don’t know how to get there, get help. There are hundreds if not thousands of people out there that have walked the path you would like to walk, seek them out and get help.


If you would like help with personal productivity and getting organised you could check out the following great websites


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Writing & Creativity

Want to write a book or get more creative here are some of the sites I subscribe to:

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These are just a handful of the multitude of great resources on the web. If you can attend a course to help you improve your skills or your wellbeing go ahead and do so. There is always help at hand.

4. Make a Start

Sounds obvious but one of the chief reasons New Year’s resolutions fail is that people don’t actually get started. They set the goals and don’t do anything about it. Recipe for failure. To get started the best advice I ever got was to start small. If you want to start running, run for 10 mins, you want to write a book, commit to writing one page a day, however small, once you start you will create momentum and not want to stop, starting is the biggest challenge. Don’t think of the final outcome, think of the small steps and recognise the individual achievements however small.

5. Believe You Can

How many times have you set a goal but not really believe you could do it. You have to believe in your own abilities otherwise you will disappoint yourself by setting a goal that won’t transpire.

“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, he can achieve” Napolean Hill

6. Write it Down

Goal Setting is more powerful when you write the goal down, it helps with the personal commitment but it also helps the brain to identify opportunities that will help you achieve those goals

7. Think Positive

Remember to think positively at all times. Your brain is your greatest ally when used correctly but can be your greatest enemy if left to its own devices. You must take control of your thoughts and ensure that they are positive and supportive of your future goals at all times.

“Focus on Where you are going and Forget about where you have been”

Good Luck with the Goal Setting and let me know if I can help in anyway

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Comments (8)

Great post Ciara and what an awesome list of resources! Already added many of them to my reading list. Thanks!

Clearing the clutter, and spending some time alone are two of my favorite ways to get focused on what matters most and to rev up the motivation! And of course staying positive! It makes such a difference to train your mind to dwell on what IS working rather than what is not.
Thanks so much for including me with all of these awesome resources, Ciara. I’m honored!

Great Jeremy I hope you get some benefit from them

You are welcome Sarah, great to share all my favourite places to hang out!

It seems obvious in retrospect… step 1 is finding the motivation to set goals, without which the process doesn’t even begin. I forgot that there are some folks who set too few (or no) goals, rather than too many.

All great tips – I find the last tip the most powerful, but also the most difficult to implement. When I’m in a positive mood, my long-term, goal planning runs into overdrive.

Thanks for including me, and especially in a list with so many sexy people 😉 !

It’s true Amit, everything is easy when we are feeling positive and motivated, it’s not so easy when the mood isn’t right. I find it helps to speak to myself in a positive way even when I don’t feel positive.

The most valuable point in this, I think, is to make a start. If people could just get past that first obstacle, it would make a world of difference. Great post!

Thanks Ralph yes it’s true that once you can win the battle in your head of getting started you are more than halfway home.

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