5 Essential tips to achieve your goals in 2020

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Are you having conversations in your head like this…
Whoa!  I can’t believe it… it’s already 2020 and I am already struggling to my achieve my new years’s resolutions and goals! 

If so, you are not alone!

So many people give up on their goals at this time of the year, totally neglecting the impact of the Slight Edge.

Huh? The Slight Edge of what?

In a nutshell, the Slight Edge is the law that everything adds up bit by bit. The actions we take will move us either towards our goals or away from them. The actions though are small. So small you think that perhaps they are insignificant… but they are not. Over time, any action compounds. Small positive actions daily, WILL take you towards your goals, which is why you should never have the mindset that it is 6 weeks until the end of the year, so any chance of moving towards your goals has gone. Positive action, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction.
However, this is also true for not taking action or taking the wrong action…

THE SLIGHT EDGE, graphic showing path to success and path to failure - How to turn your goals around
As Jeff Olsen says in his book The Slight Edge,

“The slight edge cuts both ways. Used productively it carries you up to success. Used carelessly, it pulls you down toward failure”.

So you’re at a crossroads – do you think “ah sod it, nearly the end of the year and the start of a new one soon… I will just try again next year” or do you realise the power of small daily actions adding up so you start making a small shift towards getting what you want?
Well done if you are thinking the latter. Here are five quick tips to help you…


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What is the one thing you can do today that is going to help swing the barometer in favour of your goal?

Tip one: Make time for that one thing EVERY DAY. 

What is the one thing you can do, no matter how small, on a daily basis that is going to help swing the barometer in favour of your goal?

Whether it is walking an extra ten minutes a day, making one more sales call a day, making your own coffee for your morning commute because Starbucks has taken enough of your money this year. How do you make time for these long-term important yet non-urgent tasks? Read my blog to understand my top trick of what I call “non-negotiables”. 

Tip two: Raise your self-belief 

Self-belief is the key ingredient to achieving any goal, but it is often overlooked. If you don’t believe in yourself and that you can do it, how do you ever expect to do it! Believe that you have it in your power to make a positive step toward your goal, no matter how small it is. 

For help on this, why not come to my  How to Boss Your Year Workshop!


Alice Dartnell Life Success Coach reads Slight Edge by Jeff Olson  A great book.

Read The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. 

Tip three: Read The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson 

It is a brilliant book and even if you don’t implement the principle of the slight edge this side of Christmas, at least you will have the knowledge to start 2020 strong. At approx. 260 pages, you’d have to read just 10 pages a day to complete it in less than a month, you know. As Olson explains in his book,

“simple daily disciplines – little productive actions, repeated consistently over time – add up to the difference between failure and success”.

Do not underestimate the power of small consistent actions, because those daily habits (good and bad) DO add up! 

Book: THE SLIGHT EDGE, by Jeff Olson - How to turn your goals around

Tip four: Find an accountability buddy 

Trust me, you are not alone – I have spoken to so many people lately about the “it is nearly the end of the year panic”. Why not find someone who can hold you accountable for working towards your goals every day before the end of the year (I’ll allow you to have the Christmas period off 😉). If you need help finding a buddy, get in touch and I will help you.

Tip five: Write a list of everything you can do

When you feel like there is no point in trying anymore, it can be really demotivating and cloud your thinking – this means you won’t be able to think of possible solutions and you’ll be blind to opportunities.
Write a list down of ALL the things you COULD do to move one step forward to your goal by the end of the year. Even if you don’t think you would ever do that or there is more chance of the Queen calling you up to be Prime Minister because she has had enough of Boris, WRITE IT DOWN. This simple act helps unlock your brain, improve your awareness of what is possible and can reignite your motivation.

All day masterclass: How to boss your year! 

I am here to empower you to reach your potential, create long lasting change and live the life you want. Well done for taking action and investing in you! 

Join me as your Life and Success Coach for this all day masterclass event to show you how to get the most out of your 2020, so you can boss your year!

You’ll learn how to set your goals and plan them properly so you can successfully achieve them, whilst learning how to reframe any thing that is currently holding you back from getting what you want. You’ll leave with the secrets to creating your “success mindset” and how to fit the actions you want to take into your life!

Date: 15th February 2020
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Wheatsheaf – 2 Upper Tooting Rd, Tooting Bec, London SW17 7PG

Sound good? Book on now!

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I have helped a range of people on a huge variety of goals – from suffering with confidence loss, to publishing a book, to enabling a change of direction in life, to small business owners struggling with staff – but my main focus is to support the busy professional who is trying to juggle it all.

I can help YOU through  my 1-2-1 coaching, group coaching and my bespoke but life changing courses.  Let’s Work Together.  Sounds good? Take a look at my web site to find out more!



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How I can help you!

If you are serious about changing your life, making improvements or reaching your goals, then professional support is for you. Find out more what services I offer, including 1-2-1 coaching on this website. I work with busy professionals to empower them to transform their lives and achieve more, predominantly looking at confidence, mindset and time management. 



This article is written by Alice Dartnell, life and success coach of Alice Dartnell Limited. Alice empowers busy professionals to be successful, transform their lives and achieve more by improving their confidence, mindset and time management.

For more information please see www.alicedartnell.com.