CEO Mike Lambert’s Tips on How to Set Your Goals and Achieve Them

Do you remember what your goals were for 2018? With 4 months left until the 1st of January 2019, we’re pretty sure that by now you have scrambled through the bits and bobs in your chest of drawers, so that you can relook at your list of goals that you had put together on the 1st of January 2018. After the first few months of the New Year our goals tend to slowly slip down our priority list. Then when we’re feeling demotivated or we see our friends flourishing in their careers that’s when the crumbled piece of paper resurfaces, but haven’t you ever wondered what it would be like to ask a successful CEO how they did it?

Mike2We sat down with Invictus Education Group’s CEO to discuss his golden rules for successful goal setting and the art of goal achievement. “To be honest I don’t have a set of golden rules for goal setting, but how I have learnt to set my goals and found that what works well is the following method: The first step to setting your goals is that you need to think carefully and identify five areas in your life that you would like to improve. Once you have found them, under each area you need to set no more than 4 to 5 goals. For instance I have divided my goals into work, family, personal, physical and financial. Once you go above 5 then it starts to become a list of priorities.

Now, the art of goal achievement is to write your goals down in your own handwriting instead of typing them out on your computer. By writing out your goals, neurologically it stimulates the prefrontal cortex of the brain. Typing is quite passive, and generally when you write something out in your own handwriting it imprints it into your mind and you’re subconscious. They say that if you want to fast track your goals you should ideally be writing each goal down 15 times a day.

Every morning for about half an hour I sit down and journalize my thoughts. Then what I do is I select six goals from the list, which I call my “big 6”. Then every morning I rewrite those “big 6” goals every day. The next step is to write them in affirmation and in the present tense.  You will also need to be specific about your goal. For instance let’s say you want to purchase a house. Instead of saying “I want to own a house in Umhlanga” you should be writing it as “I want to own a beautiful two bedroom apartment in number 1 Pebble Grove Road, Umhlanga Rocks.” The next step, is to break your goals down into quarterly goals. Now what do you have to do this month to get yourself closer to your goal of saving for example R10 000 this year. Then work out how much you need to save per quarter, per month and per week. Now that you have set yourself these little goals to work on it becomes much easier.

In life you need to take those consistent actions every day to reach the main goal. Read your goals daily and inspire yourself. Image every detail and infuse it with feeling. If you want to purchase a brand new car, then smell the leather and imagine yourself sitting in the car. I believe that thoughts are real forces. If you look at everything you own and that humans have constructed it all started in the mind, nothing came from thin air.

Don’t wait for 2019 to start a fresh year, set your goals now and stay focused on achieving them.