What makes some people achieve their goals and others give up on their goals? Is it the determination and drive that a person has or is there more to it? I have an audible account (shout out to audible, they make it so much easier to learn and grow on the go!) and I recently downloaded the book: Self Disciple- Develop good habits. Achieve your goals. By Jennifer Alison. It is a great book! I learned so much. In Chapter 1 it talks about 7 steps to setting a goal.
Step 1 – Take Baby Steps
Instead of coming up with a huge goal that you can accomplish in a few months or years, break down your goal to smaller bite sized pieces. When you think of all the small steps you need to take, it will help you stay focused and positive.
Step 2 – Set Realistic Goals
This was a big one for me, I tend to have my head in the clouds when it comes to goals and I have big goals but they aren’t realistic with what else I have going on. Life is constantly about balancing all that you have going on, similar to the guy at the circus that is spinning multiple plates at one time. If you stop giving one area your time and attention, the plate falls and breaks on the floor. Factor in how much time and energy you can put towards your goal at the stage of life you are in.
Step 3 – Keep Your Plate Organized
This was another “ah ha” moment for me. I tend to half accomplish things, when I am washing the dishes and I am halfway done, I usually stop and go start to do something else, the same goes for other areas of my life. I tend to run around and do this, run around and do that and then I am exhausted because I was running around but I also feel like I didn’t get much of anything accomplished. So I am working on prioritizing what tasks are most important and staying organized.
Step 4 – Do What YOU Want To Do
Life and people are going to constantly pull you in different directions and it is easy to get distracted helping others versus helping ourselves and checking things off our list. When you are setting goals, you have to keep in mind your morals and values and not compromise those for anyone.
Step 5 – Believe In Yourself!
When I feel overwhelmed, I stop and think about all the things that I have already accomplished. Sometimes I feel like my to do list keeps getting longer and longer but when I take a minute to think about all I have accomplished that day, week or month it puts things in a different perspective. We are all human and have good days and bad days. The more we recognize our small accomplishments, the more it will keep us going to achieve and doing more.
Step 6 – Resist the temptation to go ALL IN.
I often get very excited about change that I tell myself I am going to do x, y and z. I give it my all for a few days and then I am worn out. It is important to give yourself a break when you need one and like the age-old tale of the rabbit and turtle, the turtle wins the race because he keeps going with each step you are moving closer to your goal. Moderation is the key to success in achieving your goals.
Step 7 – Reward Yourself
Little rewards along the way will help you realize all that you’ve accomplished and how far you’ve come. Make sure you take time to take a break to recharge. What do you love to do?
With this in mind, what are some goals that you’ve been putting off or you just can’t seem to get past a certain point? Start now in changing your life! Life is too short to wait for the perfect time or opportunity, you can make a difference and change TODAY!