How are your goals going? I bet you were really excited about them when you set them. Maybe you were even super diligent and energetic about them for the first few weeks. But now life seems to be giving you tons of excuses to put off those goals. Oh, trust me I know how it goes. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve said “I’m going to eat super healthy this week” only to find myself days later at Taco Bell! So, let’s talk about how to fix this so we can stay motivated and achieve our goals!
1. Make it specific
You need goals that are actionable and measureable. Saying “I’m going to get organized” doesn’t give you a path to follow or even a clear destination. It’s too vague which makes it unattainable. Set specific goals like “I’m going to schedule out my upcoming week every Sunday night,” or “I’m going to read for 30 minutes every night before bed.”
2. Be Realistic
I know, how boring. This is probably the biggest deal breaker. Depending on your schedule, commitments, or how drastic of a change you goal is, you can set yourself up for disaster by setting unrealistic and unattainable goals. Know your limits and start with goals that you know you can implement. Maybe that means adding just 3 workouts a week instead of 5. Or cleaning the house once a week instead of keeping it clean all the time.
3. Set mini goals
Use mini goals as stepping stones to the larger goal. The prolonged time it takes to reach big goals can be too daunting, too draining or just takes too darn long to stay motivated. By breaking the larger goal up into small milestones you can mark progress in manageable amounts and celebrate more achievements along the way!
4. Schedule it
If you don’t plan for it from the start excuses can gain the upper hand easily. Make an actionable plan for how to reach your goals and schedule it. Daily or weekly, you need to mindfully carve out time to work on your goals or they won’t happen. Write in your planner in pen, put it in your phone, add it to every calendar you have and don’t change it for any other excuses!
5. Accountability partners
Sharing your goals with supportive family and friends can give you a sense of responsibility. You’ve said you’re going to do it so now you better keep your word. Finding an accountability partner (friend or family) who have goals they would like to achieve can be a good motivator. You can talk once a week or so to see how the progress is going and support each other along the way.
6. Write it down
It can be hard to stay accountable to yourself in the face of distractions. Write your specific goal down, why you’re doing it, and how it will improve your life. That way when you are feeling overwhelmed or wanting to quit you can read this message to yourself and be reminded of what you are working hard for. You can keep a copy in your purse or on your phone, but if you’re comfortable, I suggest also posting this visually in your home where you can read it daily. You can even include images that motivate you.
7. Don’t quit
We are imperfect beings. Don’t set crazy expectations for yourself like 100% attendance. We have sick days, rough days and crazy unplanned days. That’s life. Goals are not an all or nothing game. Remember that you can try again tomorrow or even readjust your goals to something more attainable. But don’t give up! Giving up is settling and I know you are capable of achieving your goals if you just keep reaching for them.
So what goals are you working on and how do you plan to achieve them?
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