Did 2017 Suck? 4 Simple & Practical Steps That Will Turn Around 2018 for You

Like every year, this time of the year everyone will be setting their customary New Year's resolutions. Setting goals, making plans, the whole shebang.
And I think you and I both know how this turns out… yes?
Here's the right way to set goals & plan an epic 2018...

Have you planned for an epic 2018?

I trust the answer is a resounding YES!

But if you haven’t really given it a glimmer of thought yet, this should come as a real kick in the teeth.

So many people don’t set goals or set vague ones, or goals which have a certain degree of ambiguity.

Or worse yet, they get sucked in the black hole of setting so-called New Year Resolutions.

Because here’s the thing:

Like every year, this time of the year everyone will be setting their customary New Year's resolutions.

Setting goals, making plans, the whole shebang.

And I think you and I both know how this turns out… yes?

We get all hyped up and motivated for about a week and then it fizzles out.

New Year resolutions pretty much never work because they are either too externally focused on what others want us to do or have.

Find out why New Year Resolutions don’t work here


Here's the Right Way to Set Goals & Plan an Epic 2018

Enter the Critical Alignment Model (CAM).

Created using 4 dimensions of human behavior, it is the only proven and research-based coaching model which gives you an easy to follow, step-by-step map for identifying where you are right now, how you can improve and ways to naturally develop yourself—instantly.

The 4 areas are Environment, Structure, Implementation and People.

If you’re a coach, consultant, or trainer or someone passionate about personal growth and success in 2018, knowing and applying these four dimensions in your life will completely transform the way you set goals (and achieve them).

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Step 1: Get clear on your ENVIRONMENT (This unleashes the ‘Visionary’ in you)

The first level on the critical alignment model is about the OUTCOME you want to achieve.

‘Environment’ helps you connect with your thinking style and create an environment that is useful and conducive to inspire you overcome personal obstacles and set new goals.

Your Environment consists of:

  1. Purpose
  2. Goals and outcomes
  3. Values
  4. Beliefs
  5. Attitude
  6. Ideas
  7. Standards for ourselves
  8. Expectations from each other
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Step 2: Get clear on your STRUCTURE (This unleashes the ‘Architect’ in you)

The second level on the critical alignment model is about what you need to ACHIEVE the outcome.

‘Structure’ connects to your thinking style and how it relates to designing a strategy and plan that helps you achieve the results you desire—and your ability to anticipate and solve any challenges along the way.

Structure is the benchmark of what success looks like. It consists of:

  1. Categories
  2. Benchmarks
  3. Limitations
  4. Planning and organization
  5. Strategies
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Step 3: Get clear on the IMPLEMENTATION (This unleashes the ‘Dynamo’ in you)

The third level on the critical alignment model will show you how to apply the ACTIONS you need to take to achieve your desired outcome and how this compares to your ideal benchmark.

‘Implementation’ relates to delivering results and your ability to stay focused on your goals with a strong sense of purpose and accountability.

By knowing about your implementation level you can easily track, review and fine-tune your progress.

  1. Actions
  2. Actual KPI’s achieved
  3. How we actually do something
  4. Habits

Step 4: Get clear on the PEOPLE you want to be on your team (This unleashes the ‘Collaborator’ in you)

The fourth level on the critical alignment model takes into consideration WHO needs to be involved, how they will be involved and how they are evolving to achieve your desired goal.

It encompasses:

  1. Quality of relationships
  2. Discussions
  3. Guidance
  4. Feedback
  5. Response to feedback
  6. Capability of an individual


Your Turn Now

The practice of developing your thinking muscle using CAM for goal-setting is not just helpful, it is a prerequisite for happiness and success.

If you haven't yet, I encourage you to set time aside now and use this model to plan 2018 as your best year yet!

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