More often than not, goals leave me feeling hopeless. I’m all too familiar with the constant cycle of setting a goal and then (sometimes no more than a day later) losing my motivation, giving up. Not too long ago, I had set a goal to start running again, but with the bustle of daily life, this goal had a lifespan of one week.
Just once, I would love to finish one goal! Just. Once.
Finally, after a long night of internet surfing and coffee, I found a way that works! With this plan, I have accomplished several goals, and I continue to create new ones all the time!
1) You Realize It Isn’t Working.
The first step to solving any problem is to realize that something is not right. If, like me, you had to continuously start over, then there is a part of your plan that doesn’t fit you. Let’s say your goal is to lose weight, but you have a sweet tooth the size of California. If you quit eating sugar cold turkey, then it’s very likely that after a few days you’ll end up eating any and all things chocolate in the house. If something like this has happened to you, then it’s time to mix things up!
2) Make A List.
The next step is to make a list. Take a pad of paper and a pen and start to jot down any goal that comes to your mind. Once you have list of about twenty-five items or so, start to separate them. Separate the list into primary, secondary, and tertiary goals. I find that using three different colors of highlighters helps me to organize my list.
3) Create A Plan.
When creating a plan, the very first thing you want to do is to write down your goal. Turn your goal into a sentence describing what it is you want to accomplish and highlight it. A goal that is written down is ten times more likely to be put to action! Next, list major factors that will help you achieve the goal. If I want to eat healthier, for example, some of the key factors will be finding a way to track my progress, planning meals, and having a day that I can enjoy a small treat. After this is done, take about a paragraph (or more if you prefer) to describe how you will achieve your goal. It’s almost like writing a story and telling how your life is going to play out until your goal is accomplished. Finally, list at least three “checkpoints” during which you will take time to assess and celebrate your progress!
4) Make It A Habit.
Stay tried and true to your plan, and after about a month, your new lifestyle will become a habit! That is what a goal does, right? It changes your habits and shapes you into the person you want to be.
5) Things to Help Along the Way.
There are lots of ways to keep you motivated! Here are just a few:
- Get support from family and friends. Let them know what you want to accomplish and I guarantee they’ll want to make sure you succeed!
- Keep your cool. You’re bound to get frustrated, but when you do, try to take a few deep breaths. Remember that you’re accomplishing more than you think!
- Remember what it feels like when you quit. You don’t want to have to start over anymore, so don’t forget that feeling of frustration and sadness when you want to.
- Regroup. Use those checkpoints to your advantage! Take this time to refresh your plan and make some changes if you want!
- Look back and be proud! At each checkpoint, take some time to think about what you have accomplished so far, and be proud of yourself!
- Ignore people who aren’t supportive. Of course there will always be those Grumpy Gus’s, but chances are that they are just jealous that you’re doing something they haven’t! Focus on the people who support you and your efforts.
- Special twist! Use all of the negative criticism to your advantage. Sometimes, there will be little hints of advice hidden in snide remarks, so listen to it. Not only will it help you in your efforts, but it will shut those people right up!
- Reward yourself! The last thing you should do is treat yourself every once in a while. At your halfway point, go to the spa, eat that cookie, or buy that outfit! Rewarding yourself will encourage your efforts and keep you going.
I hope this post helps you to feel motivated and accomplish your goals! If this post helps you, then please let me know! Leave comments and tell me all about your accomplishments! Don’t forget to come back and visit BarelyOrganized.worpress.com for more ways to take your life into your hands! I wish you the best of luck!