This time of year means goals for many people. Lots of them. I’m one of them. I shared my goals to complete a full marathon this year. To likely pursue another certification in fitness nutrition. To find more balance. I love having goals. More than having goals, however, I love reaching and achieving my goals.
Over time, I have found ways to help ensure that happens. Here are three steps I take to help me make my goals a success….and not another washed away dream or “what if”. Your goals don’t have to just be in your wildest dreams. You CAN make them a reality.
5 STEPS TO ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS
Step One: Establish The Goal. Create your vision. What is your goal? Think about your goal. What does the big picture of your goal look like? Running a half marathon? Writing a book? Doing ten push-ups on your toes? Holding a challenging yoga position a full minute? Developing your blog? Achieving a healthy weight? Saving money? Reading more books? Picking your nose less? (checking you’re paying attention) What IS your goal?
Step Two: WHY? Before you set out on a goal, figure out WHY you want to achieve it. You should have some form of strong internal motivation for the goal. Make note of your motivation for this goal, so you can easily access it when things get more challenging down the line. You need to always know WHY it matters to you.
Step Three: Determine Action Steps. Once you determine your goal, sit down and list out everything you can actively do to work towards that goal. Be specific. List out the many actions you can take that can help you achieve your goals. Obviously, if you hope to write a book you will need to set aside time to develop your writing and get some words on paper. Or if you hope to get in control of your money, you know you need to set up a budget. Get detailed on the actions that will bring you to your goal. I would also suggest taking the time to assess whether the steps to achieve the goal at this time are realistic for you. You may have a goal to lead an organization you feel passionate about…but going after that may not be smartest when you’re finishing up graduate school, working full time, and training for a triathlon for example.
Step Four: Focus On What You CAN Control. If you have a weight loss goal, you may find yourself frustrated when the scale doesn’t reflect your efforts. If you have a blogging related you goal, you may get discouraged should the growth you anticipated did not happen. However, those numbers relate to outside sources (hormones and water weight or people clicking your site). You can’t fully control them.
Go back to that list of things you can do to work towards your goals. Those are where your focus should lie. You want to get stronger? Make your focus getting in adequate workouts. Want to reach a healthy weight? Focus on the number of nutritious meals you eat in a day/week/month and the number of workouts you accomplish. Want to increase blog readership? Focus on producing quality content, getting involved in the community, seeking guest post opportunities, etc.
Checking off what you CAN control and putting effort into those practices regularly WILL lead to results with time. Consider every small act you take towards achieving your goals an accomplishment and don’t forget them along the way. Setbacks will undoubtedly happen at times – but you have to stay focused on the positive and believe in yourself to continue moving forward.
Step Five: Re-evaluate Often. Step back and look at your progress and ask yourself tons of questions to make sure you are still on a healthy path.
- Have your goals changed? How do you need to adapt your actions for them?
- Have you achieved your original goal but it doesn’t feel good enough? Why do you feel the need to do more?
- Have you tried everything but aren’t seeing results? What ways can you alter your current choices to kick start things again? Seek advice if necessary.
- Are you feeling unmotivated suddenly? Remember why you originally pursued the goal and determine if you still feel as strongly. If you do, focus on the why of your goal. If you don’t, consider adjusting your goal or finding new inspirational tools.
- Are you going crazy? Do you feel overwhelmed or stressed? Take a close look at what triggers those emotions and resolve those issues. Perhaps you will need to give up counting calories or reading particular blogs or using certain tracking tools.
Stay aware of your needs and your happiness. It will make achieving your goals that much more possible.
There’s the gist of my main points for this topic. I do have about ten million more things I could delve into and talk about. Obviously I feel quite strongly about this topic. I want people to achieve their goals. I want people to dream BIG. I want everyone out there to do exactly the things they hope to do and achieve their wildest hopes and dreams. I think we all have the potential to do so…and to do so in a healthy and happy way.
- Which of the points above stick out to you or do you try to focus on in your own personal progress?