• Augusta Vivian

Be the 8% - How to have a successful 2019

Updated: Oct 10, 2020


“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” – Orison Swett Marden.

92% of people don’t achieve their New Year’s goals. This is because we often don't have a process for setting our goals. Be the 8% who achieve their goals this year.

Top tips for setting your 2019 goals:

1. Write down your goal - you are 1.4 times more likely to achieve your goal if you write it down and make it as vivid as possible as this encodes it into your long term memorable.

2. Make it visible - be able to access your goal in 3 seconds.

3. Define success - what does it look and feel like, you need to know what you are working towards, and when you want to achieve it by.

4. Action plan - break the goal into small achievable actions.

5. Visualise the process going well.

6. Celebrate progress - focus on the process and small steps rather than just the end result. Your brain can compute this more easily and achievement leads to an increase in dopamine which rewards the behaviour and motivates you to keep going.


A positive mindset makes you more productive, effective, happy and better at problem solving. It is not that easy to just adopt a positive mindset, there are ways to achieve this though.

We are all battling with the negativity bias, which is where we are more atuned to the negative than the positive, this may be due to environmental and behaviour factors -probably it is a mixture of both. So we need to train our brains to be positive.

Due to the negativity bias we need to outbalance the negative with three positives to every negative. Your brain is a muscle and it can be trained to be more positive.

1. Write three positives every day - this trains your brain to scan back over the day and find the positives. Your brain will then get into the habit of looking for positives

2. Show gratitude - write a letter to a loved one, or every morning make your first email an email expressing gratitude to someone else.

3. Use positive language - avoid “but”, replace it with “and”.

4. Focus on what you can control and influence, and accept the rest.


“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” - William Penn

Plan your week so that you feel in control and get more done. Avoid that feeling of having so much to do that you get overwhelmed and end up flitting between tasks accomplishing, well not much.

Start with a mind dump - get all your tasks out of your mind and onto one piece of paper. Then prioritise these into 4 categories: do today, schedule in, delegate or delete. Then create yourself a schedule for the week - remember to leave time for interruptions and reactive tasks. This should help you start each day knowing what you are going to do and give you a sense of achievement at the end of the day.

1. Develop a growth mindset

You can have a fixed or growth mindset. People with a growth mindset see challenges as opportunities, and seek out and act on feedback. Those with a fixed mindset blame others for mistakes and fight feedback. Adapting a growth mindset helps you to be more productive, successful and positive.

2. Hold yourself accountable

Tell others your goals and get them to hold you accountable to achieve what you say you will.

An accountability partner can help motivate you and you are more likely to achieve your goal if you have told others about it.

Follow these five top tips to make this year your most successful. Sit down and set your goals, focus on developing your positive mindset, know your daily priorities, adopt a growth mindset and hold yourself accountable to do what you say you would do. Good luck!

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