Hi ya’ll! Today I want to share 6 simple steps that will help you achieve your goals!
After having 2 weeks off with my family for Christmas break I am finally getting back into routine. And if you have read very many of my posts you know that I am a HUGE fan of routines. (hehe) However, getting back into routine and reviewing the goals I have set for this year has been a bit overwhelming.
I was texting my sister the other day not only about my goals for the year, but also what I needed to catch up on. And as I was typing it all out I could feel my stress levels rising…how was I going to get it all accomplished?
So, after a small freak out, I realized that sitting here and convincing myself of how impossible these tasks seemed was not helping my cause.
A good plan and affirmative action was the only way I’d see the results I was aiming for!
So many of us struggle from year to year to stay focused and motivated to accomplish our goals and resolutions. (Including myself!) So, here are some steps to help you, and me, stay motivated and encouraged!
Why is achieving your goals important?
When you achieve your goals it leaves you with a sense of satisfaction and pride. Which in turn boosts your confidence. And when your confidence is boosted you have more drive to better yourself and the world around you.
As you can see, achieving your goals leads to a chain reaction of not only material accomplishments but also to a better outlook on life and your well-being.
6 steps to help you achieve your goals
#1- Start a “Goal” Planner.
I must admit that I am guilty of setting goals for myself (in my head) for the day or week and never following through with them. However, I have noticed that if I take the time to write those goals down on paper I am more likely to follow through with them.
There are studies that show there is more power (oomph) behind a goal when it is written down because of a brain-to-hand connection (almost like you are speaking it into existence). I know that sounds odd but I am living proof that there must be some truth to that!
My opinion on the matter is that when we actually take the time to write down a goal (no matter how big or small) our brain automatically categorizes it as important. And when our brain categorizes it as important we are more likely to achieve that goal. Plus, a visual reminder makes a great motivator!
These Daily Planner pages are a great way to achieve your goals!
#2- Don’t schedule goals too closely together.
One thing that I have found to be the biggest discouragement and a “goal accomplishing killer” is being overwhelmed.
Sometimes we can get overly ambitious and set 50 goals to accomplish in one week. We write it out and have a plan and get super pumped, but as we all know we cannot write out every second of our day and stick to it. Life can throw a curve into your day and your tightly scheduled day falls apart.
So my advice is to give yourself some wiggle room in your day or week. Allow yourself time to accomplish one goal before moving to the next. Or if you have one BIG goal, break it down into sections.
Start by writing down ALL of your goals and to-do’s on a sheet of paper. Then set 3 goals per day or week (depending on your regular schedule) in your planner. After achieving those 3 goals then add more to your day or your week if you have spare time.
Finding a balance between setting and accomplishing will lessen the overwhelm and ultimately help you achieve your goals.
#3- Find an accountability partner to help you achieve your goals.
A lot of times we think that asking for help is a sign of weakness. However, I feel that having someone to keep me in check is more of a motivation. Because how many of us want to let someone down? Not me! I want to make them proud and hear them cheering on the sidelines.
Having an accountability partner also comes in handy when we need an outside perspective on a goal that we are struggling with. We often get too wrapped up in the problem and can’t see a solution. But your accountability partners vision isn’t clouded and can offer valuable insight!
However, I do not recommend just asking anyone to be your support system. Be sure to ask someone you fully trust and respect their opinion, like a close friend or family member.
#4- Surround yourself with encouragement.
Encouragement can come in many different forms. (e.g. friends/family, uplifting music, or inspirational sayings on wall/desk art, scripture.)
By surrounding yourself with encouragement you are boosting your confidence and pushing yourself to achieving your goals faster. Which leads us into tip #5!
#5- Ignore the lies in your head that say you can’t achieve your goals.
You are your own worst enemy. That is why tips #4 and #5 are so important!
When we get frustrated we automatically start mentally beating ourselves up. We convince ourselves of every lie in the book- “I’m not smart enough or talented enough.” “It’s hopeless.” “I’m a failure.”
We end up believing that we have reached our limit. But the truth is, if we simply take a step back and refocus we will see that we are capable of so much more!
So by having that accountability partner and surrounding yourself with encouragement you will be more likely to stay on the path to achieving your goals!
#6- Don’t lose sight of your goal and the reason behind it!
Remember the reason “why” you set this goal and let that be your motivation.
Sometimes we can get wrapped up in our “goal journey” that we forget what brought us on this journey to begin with. But if we keep the reason why we set that goal at the forefront of our minds, we are more likely to stay focused and not give up.
I personally feel that every goal should have an origin story or “reason” behind it. Because without it there would be no motivation to accomplish it.
For example, I want to clean out my window sills. This goal has no life changing or exciting reasoning behind it, which can make it feel pointless. However, if I give it a reason, such as, so my family won’t be breathing in the mold that is growing on the sills, I am more likely to make it a priority.
So, as you are setting your goals, I encourage you to give it a reason why. This will increase the motivation, help you prioritize, and achieve your goals faster!
Remember, you deserve this! Yes, it will take time. And yes, it will take hard work and dedication. But the end result will definitely be worth it! So I encourage you today to not give up! Create a plan, find your support, ignore the lies, and achieve your goals!