The year is nearly half over. Do you feel like we just rang in 2017, setting resolutions and drinking champagne? I sure do!
How are you doing with your goals for the “new” year? Did you create any new habits yet? I’ve created a few and have a whole bunch more in progress. I’ve also set some pretty lofty goals for myself, both short and long term.
Setting goals is easy, though, right? “I’m going to accomplish XYZ!” But actually achieving your goals can be sorta difficult, if you don’t approach it strategically.
1. Want it“Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.“ -Tony RobbinsClick To Tweet
Bingo, Tony Robbins. Bing-go. It’s easy to set a goal and forget about it if you’re complacent about your life. You need to WANT to achieve your goals. This should go without saying, but if you find yourself thinking, “This is fine” then you aren’t in the proper mindset!
2. Create Milestones
If you’re working on a long-term or intermediate goal, mini-goals or milestones help to keep you on track. Depending on the projected time to achieve your goal, you can break it up into anywhere from 3 to 6 mini-goals. And if you’re feeling particularly spicy, you can reward yourself after each mini-goal.
3. Be Consistent“We are what we repeatedly do.“ -Will DurantClick To Tweet
You develop a talent for what you practice, right? But here’s the thing: that holds true for limiting or self-sabotaging practices, too. So in order achieve your goals, you need to consistently take steps in the right direction. For example, if your goal is to lose 15 pounds, you should probably not order fried chicken and a brownie sundae for lunch on a Wednesday.
4. Track Accomplishments
When you’re in the weeds, it’s easy to forget all that you’ve accomplished leading up to that point. Track your accomplishments as you progress so that you can look back on all you’ve done! Plus, if your goal is in a corporate setting, it’s good to have these accomplishments in your back pocket as you head into your annual review.
5. Stay Positive“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.“ -Helen KellerClick To Tweet
Above all else, stay positive! If you notice yourself feeling down, observe the thought but do not dwell on it. It’s perfectly normal to feel frustrated, but it’s not okay to dwell in that headspace. It’s demotivating and toxic.
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What’s your favorite tip for achieving your goals? What’s worked for you in the past and what hasn’t? Tell me about it in the comments below!