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 this is the time of year when most people set goals. I am going to share six tips on how to set and achieve your goals.
Create Smart Goals
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 your goals by a certain time. Whether you want to achieve your goals in six months or by the end of the year. Set a date for each goal to work towards and look forward to.
Write Your Goals Down
I have often heard that if you write something down. You are more likely not only to remember it but to do it. Think about it, when you go to the grocery store with a list. Unless something is out of stock, you are going to get everything on that list. Compared to if you hadn’t gone to the store with a list and just had an idea of what you needed. The same thing applies to your goals. Write your goals down. They become real and tangible when you write them down. Instead of just being vague ideas that reside in your mind.
Make Your Goals Visible
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 that I see when I walk into my office. I like to keep photos on my vision board that represent my goals. If you would like to see my office. In a previous blog post, I shared A Tour of My Home Office.
If you would like to keep your vision board private and not have it on display. I high recommend this Vision Board. That I have used in the past. It’s a vision board kit that comes with 100 photos, 100 quotes, and folds up making it private and portable.
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 can see it everyday and knows that is what she is working towards. Have something visual around that will help you keep your goals in mind.
Create An Action Plan
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 you are going to use. Start making a grocery list before you go to the store. How often are you going to meal prep? On what days of the week 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.
Take Immediate Action
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 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.
Evaluate Your 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.
Celebrate Your Accomplishments
When you reach your goal take time to enjoy it. Its important to celebrate your accomplishments. Reflect on the journey that you took to get to where you are and what you learned along the way. After you have taken the time to celebrate. It’s time to start the goal setting process all over again by creating another smart goal.
Watch On YouTube
I created a YouTube video to compliment this blog post. I go over these six tips on how to set and achieve your goals in more detail. It’s linked below for you to watch. Don’t forget to “Like” this video and to “Subscribe” to my YouTube channel. So you can see the next video that I will be posting. I upload new videos every Sunday and Thursday.
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