As seems to be tradition for many, it’s that time of year where people write down their goals. Others write down resolutions (which are in my mind smaller steps one takes to getting toward the bigger goals). Either way, we all tend to do this now, with the plan to jump into action on Janaury 1.
Sometimes those goals can seem overwhelming. Here are 10 steps that might help you bring those goals closer to fruition.
Pick a goal. Specifically what is it that you want? Make it specific, and give it a deadline. If it seems really big like “Achieve world peace”, you may need to break it down.
What steps will help you attain this goal? For example, if you want to return to your previous perfect level of fitness, perhaps joining a gym or signing up for a class can help move you toward your goal.
What’s your why? Why do you want this goal? What motivates you about it? Dig deep on this, if it’s something you really want, and know why you want it, it’s more likely to happen.
What’s going to stop you? What obstacles are present? Come up with the solutions to what can throw you off tract. For example, if you want to loose weight, you obstacle may be that you like to munch, and your solution will be to keep the chocolate chip cookies out of the house.
You need a map to get where you want to go, so what’s the plan? How are you going to get there? What steps will you take? How will you organize it? An example would be taking a trip. You know where you want to go. In order to get there you will need to purchase tickets or perhaps put gas in the car; make reservations, etc.
Support! Since we are not here alone, we all need moral support, it makes the going so much easier, more pleasant, and helps ensure our success. Think about itâ€¦many of us have walking or jogging buddies. It helps keep us moving. Mentors are another source of support.
Visualize your goal. You know how when you drive, if you look at someone on the side of the road, the car starts to veer toward them? Keep you goal in sight and steer directly for it. See yourself achieving your goal.
Along these same lines, using positive affirmations can help move you toward a goal. You brain always wants to you be right, so make sure you feed it the good thoughts.
Rewards. How will your reward yourself or celebrate achieving your goal? Many of us do this by getting new clothes when we lose the weight we want or that new bike when we’ve hit our goal of getting through our first 50 mile day.
Working on and achieving our goals does not have to be difficult. Keep them small enough so that they are doable, and keep your plan in front of you so you don’t lose track of where you are going. Every new goal should build on the previous one. Keep going, soon you’ll have the business and personal life that you desire.