In the first few weeks of the year, it became very common to create plans for the next 12 months; a stage in our life that, although it can be defined somewhat arbitrarily, we want to dedicate to improvement both personally and, in many cases, professionally.
Taking advantage of the motivation of New Year’s resolutions is often exciting, especially if we get down to business from day one and start getting involved in our transformation into that ideal ‘I’. However, if we are not sure how to deal with this task, chances of coming face to face with frustration are high, Especially if our plans are ambitious.
If you are in a situation where you do not feel satisfied or satisfied with your personal or professional situation and want to do something about it, you will find several here. key ideas that can help you achieve your goals and make a difference in your life. These are simple principles, some of which we psychologists use to help our patients and clients when challenged to make progress in certain areas of their lives (not necessarily related to disorders).
Key ideas to change your life
Committing to investing a lot of effort in a project is counterproductive if we waste those attempts to not know how to measure our strengths or define our short-term objectives. This is part of the raison d’être of the psychological assistance we offer to experts in human behavior: to prevent motivation from being wasted by not having a blueprint with which to fix our progress. It’s a bit like teaching the voice to sing: if when we try to use it we notice that we are still forcing it, something is wrong, and we have to change technique.
Here you will find several tips to improve the technique with which you promote your personal or professional development, to redirect it to what works. They are straightforward, but you have to keep in mind that for them to work you have to be consistent with them, and depending on your needs you will need the help of a psychologist to walk you through this process. , present or not. disorders or syndromes that can be diagnosed.
1. Analyze the current situation
First of all, we must focus on realism and know how to describe the current situation, be aware of what we can work from. It is best to create a SWOT: a four part table where you can write down, in the short term, your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats / risks, taking into account which aspect of your life you want to progress.
2. Draw your desired situation
Now is the time to define your inbox, the state you want to be in a few months. It is important that you try to demarcate it by going to the concrete, Without falling into the use of very abstract concepts. For example, don’t resort to “I want love”, but “I want to spend more and better time with my friends, family, meet new friends”, etc.
3. Look for achievable goals in the short and medium term
It is important to have goals in view for months, but as long as you can break them down into other short term goals. Create a schedule in which these challenges are distributed at a certain frequency (For example, with at least one mini-goal each week) and which allows you to visualize your successes by following an ascending difficulty curve.
For example, if you want to learn the basics of a new language to broaden your professional profile and you have study materials, you can set the goal of reaching Saturday by studying a new chapter.
5. Establish an action plan
Now is the time to fully see what you want to tackle as a plan for your life to take a turn, and add things, remove others, and make some corrections. for that you need to make an estimate of the time available you will have and your energy level with which you will leave week after week.
6. Take care of yourself
It is very important to be in good physical condition to perform well, because personal and professional development goes through challenges. It is very important, above all, that you get enough sleep and that you eat well, Because if it fails, you may have problems with fatigue, lack of concentration, etc.
7. Create a distraction-free environment and a progress routine
finally it is recommended to create a workspace in which you will progress and in which you will be subject to few distractions. If you want to start your own business from home, set aside a corner of your house to become your studio, away from noise and TV screens. If you want to learn to play an instrument, do something similar, having all the necessary training materials on hand. Follow this philosophy of creating specialized workspaces so that nothing sets you apart from your goals.
You need help?
If you find that you are having difficulties in achieving your goals, we recommend that you contact UPAD Psicologia i Coaching, our psychological assistance center in Madrid. Here, in person or online, we can guide you to make your change better.
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