With the new year in full swing, many of us may have set goals towards what we aspire to achieve in 2013. However, there is a big difference between setting goals and achieving them. Essentially the execution gap in the middle is where many fall. In 2013 you may want to become healthier, boost your business forward or write the book that you have always wanted to. These are good goals to work towards but in order to be truly committed about this we need to over come the execution gap.

Here are three steps to get you started:

1. Get Focused & Clear: Clearly list down where you are today in relation to where you want to be. This is critical for you to establish a starting point and to take stock of what you need to do to get to your goal. Once you have done this you need to clearly define the goal and make it compelling enough to get to. If I want to write a book this year but really cannot picture what life would be like after I have written it, I will be pushing towards this goal instead of it pulling me. In this scenario you are more than likely to lose steam half way through. Thus, you need to get focused and be very clear about what you want to achieve and how it will impact your life.

2. Build Your Tool Set: Many of us are able to get fairly clear and focused about what we want and yet, are unable to achieve the goals we set out for ourselves. This is usually because we can relate to the strategy as a map on how to get to where we want to be rather than the execution. The best advice I have got for this was, to find someone who has already achieved what you are working towards and model or get mentorship from them. Easier said than done but without a clear map and strategy on how to get to your goal you could be going west when you have to go east and not even know it.

3. Fix Your Psychology: Internal conflicts or limiting beliefs can severely limit your ability to reach your goal even with a map and focus. Many of us have invisible scripts embedded deep in our subconscious that end up derailing us from achieving what we want. For example, you may want to start a business in 2013 but you think you need to have a little more corporate experience before getting started. Such a belief would subconsciously sabotage any chance you have of getting your business off the ground in 2013.

We all have the capability of achieving what we desire. Getting past the execution gap is often what separates those who manage to succeed and those who fall by the roadside!