Let’s talk goals.
We often set goals as a way to motivate ourselves to achieve a certain end result that we desire. Often these targets are set at the beginning of a new year or a new month and can range from anything to do with work, health, family or your personal life.
Once we achieve the final outcome in mind, we are overcome with feelings of pride and satisfaction – we did it!
But reaching that point, and achieving these aspirations isn’t always easy. How many times have you told yourself “I’m going to exercise more” or “I’ll start the diet on Monday” with little to no success?
It’s over halfway through the year, and many may be reflecting on the goals they set at the beginning of the year. Some may be proud of the progress they’ve made so far, while others may be left slightly disheartened.
Here are 6 ways to increase your likelihood of achieving your goals, whatever they may be!
It’s so important to be specific when setting goals. Rather than saying “I’ll exercise more”, make your goal “I will exercise for 30 minutes, 3 times a week”, for example.
The first goal is very loose and broad and sets you up for disappointment, while with the second goal, you know exactly what you need to do and are more likely to stick to it and recognise when it has been achieved.
If you work full time, study, write a blog on the side and have young children at home, it may seem a little far reaching to strive to post 4 – 5 blogs a week. If these are your circumstances, and you manage to do this – I bow down to you and commend you! You are superwoman/superman!
But I think most of us can agree that this goal is a little challenging. Making your goals realistic to your personal circumstances is imperative to ensure you achieve success.
Instead of aiming to blog 4 – 5 times a week, try to wind that down to a more realistic 1-2 times a week. If you end up blogging more than that some weeks – that’s great! If not, then you aren’t displeased.
Make Yourself Accountable
I find that blogging about my goals is a great way to hold myself accountable, but if you aren’t a blogger, or you just don’t feel comfortable sharing your goals on a public platform, tell someone about the things you want to achieve. This could be your partner, parents, siblings, friends – anyone close to you that can regularly check in with you to gauge how you’re going.
Set yourself lots of smaller goals that work up to the larger goal in mind. Having many smaller, short-term goals that are specific prevents the overwhelming feeling that often comes along with one large chunk of a goal.
For example, if you currently smoke 20 cigarettes a day and your final, long-term goal is to quit smoking altogether, set yourself smaller goals, as steps to reach that final outcome.
These could be cutting down to 15 cigarettes a day, then 10, then 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 until the act of smoking has been cut out of your lifestyle.
Or, you could approach it differently by reducing the days you smoke. For example: instead of smoking 7 days a week, make it 6 days a week, then 5, and so on until it is completely cut out.
I know I used smoking as the example, but this could be applied to almost anything. If you make achieving a goal a gradual progression, it is often a lot more manageable, hence successful.
Similar to accountability, in order to achieve our goals, we need motivation.
Using the previous tip of starting small, have a set reward in mind for when you reach each smaller goal. These rewards can be anything that you like – a nice meal out, buying a new outfit or a lovely spa day.
Breaking up the goal into smaller stages and getting a treat for completing each stage helps to maintain your motivation and reduce the likelihood of a burnout.
Visual The Final Goal
Like an athlete visualises themselves crossing the finish line, visualise yourself reaching your final goal, your very own ‘finish line’, so to speak. Having this mental image of yourself helps to specifically direct your motivation and can be a really great booster when you’re feeling like you’re in a bit of a slump.
What’s one goal you’d like to achieve within the next year?
– Karen xx