Since, it’s the beginning of the year. I thought that it would be a good idea to share with you what I do to stay motivated in order to achieve my goals. I set goals for myself year round, not just at the beginning of the year. But since it’s relevant at the moment. I am going to share five tips on how to set and achieve your goals.
How To Set And Achieve Your Goals
Set A Goal
This is very simple but you would be surprised by how many people do not set goals for themselves. Now when you create your goals make sure that they are SMART goals.
SMART stands for,
Specific: Make sure that your goal is specific. Instead of saying “I want to lose weight” say “I want to lose 30 pounds” instead. Don’t be vague be very specific.
Measurable: What are you going to use as a metric to recognize your progress towards your goal? If it is to lose weight, how much weight do you plan on losing each week?
Attainable: Set a goal that is within reach. That if you work hard enough you can attain it. Do not set a goal that is so difficult that it is unlikely that you will achieve it. This will only discourage you. Be realistic with what you can and cannot do.
Relevant: Set a goal that is relevant to what you want to achieve in life. Make sure that it aligns with your broader goals. Don’t set a random goal that doesn’t fit your lifestyle.
Time Based: Hold yourself accountable for achieving this goal by a certain time. Whether it is six months or by the end of the year. Set a date to work towards and look forward to.
I am a firm believer in “out of sight, out of mind.” Keep a visual of your goals somewhere that you can see daily. I have a vision board in my office, behind my desk. That is the first thing I see when I walk into my office. I like to keep photos of what I’m striving for in a place that I can see daily to remind myself of what I am working towards.
If vision boards aren’t your thing. I know of many people who like to put inspirational quotes in an area that they see often. Also, I have friend who is striving to lose weight and bought an outfit at her ideal weight. She has it hanging in her closet, so she sees it everyday and knows that is what she is working towards. Have something visual around that will help you keep your goal in mind.
Planning is crucial. There is a saying that goes “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” I am a huge planner, I like making plans, I like knowing what to expect and having something to look forward to. Plan everything out. If your goal is to start meal prepping, then go online and do research on the containers. Start making a grocery list before you go to the store. How often are you going to meal prep? On what days are you going to meal prep? Do what you can to plan ahead of time to make it that much easier for you to reach your goal.
There is no better time than the present, right? Most people put things off until “Tomorrow” don’t be one of those people. Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today. Once I’ve set my mind to something, I like taking immediate action. I like to do one thing towards whatever it is I have decided to do to immediately.
If you want to start working out. Then decide which days of the week are you going to workout. Set an alarm on your phone for the time that you want to workout. Pick out your outfit that you are going to wear to the gym. Any act towards your goal is progress.
Check in with yourself often to see how your progress is going towards your goal. Are you making any progress? If not, why not? Is something not working out like you had planned? Do you need to make adjustments? I usually check in with myself once a week. You can check in with yourself as often as you would like, once a week, every other week, and or once a month.
I created a YouTube video to compliment this blog post. I go over these five tips on how to set and achieve your goals in more detail. It’s linked below for you to watch.
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