Something that I, and many other people, have struggled with in the past is achieving the goals that I have set for myself. Setting goals is one thing, but getting there is a whole other ball game. In this post, I lay out my step-by-step routine that I do each time I have a goal in mind that I want to achieve. So far, it has proven to work very well!
If I can do it, then so can you! Truuust me.
STEP 1: WRITE IT DOWN
Before we get to the nitty-gritty, the first step in this process is just to simply write down some goals that you would like to achieve. The key here is to actually write them down. Somewhere. Anywhere. Personally, I keep my goals written down in my planner, so that I can look at them every day. It acts as a good reminder of how well, or how badly for that matter, I am doing reaching the goals I set for myself.
You are going to want to start big. Go big or go home, am I right? 😉 No? Okay, let’s continue.
In all seriousness though, think big. No matter how crazy and out of this world your goal may be, write that sucker down. These steps will help you begin to work towards that not-so-crazy goal of yours. Some people believe that you shouldn’t think too big because it may not be realistic. Liiiisten. If you remain hopeful and confident in yourself, then you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to do. Don’t let others pull you down – be hopeful and confident in everything you do! With that being said, try to be as specific as you can with setting your goals. This will help you out with steps 2, 3, and 4.
I make sense of things better with examples, so here’s one to help you make more sense of this…
The main goal is to start meditating.
STEP 2: BREAK IT DOWN
Okay, so now that I got you to think big with your goals, let’s break it down. The idea behind breaking it down, is to make your goal measurable. When I think measurable, I think numbers (time, amount, etc.). When do you want this goal to be accomplished? One day? One month? One year? Making your goal measurable does not only mean setting a date for it to be done. Some big questions that you can ask yourself to help you think of ways to make your goal measurable are:
“What steps do I need to take to make this goal achievable?”
“How long do I need to reach this goal?” (be honest with yourself on this one!)
“How will I know when my goal is reached?” or “How will others know?”
In terms of our example, we said that the main goal here is to start mediating. So, to make this goal more achievable, we need to set more specific, measurable “sub-goals”:
My goal is to meditate every day for 15 minutes each day.
In order to start meditating every day, I would need to take these steps: find guided meditations online, set aside time in my planner to do my meditations, wake up earlier to make time to do the meditations, and make it a habit.
I will know when I have reached my goal because I will be able to make meditation a part of my daily routine. It will not feel like extra work.
So, with this example, I underlined the more important parts that defined how the main goal would become measurable. This helps set the stage for the next step.
STEP 3: PLAN YOUR ATTACK
The most important part of accomplishing your goals is taking action, of course! This can also be the most scary part where doubt might settle in. Take it from me, I completely know what this feels like. If you ever feel unmotivated or discouraged, be reminded that:
“The best way to get things done is to simply begin.”
Okay, so where to begin?
Well, let’s take the answer to the question that we asked ourselves earlier: “What steps do I need to take to make this goal achievable?” and put them in order from what is most important to least important to you. Tackle the most important steps/tasks first. In our example, finding guided meditations is listed first because it is the most important. Without having a specific guided meditation to follow, there would be no meditation even if we set aside time to meditate. Next, would be to set aside time to meditate and so on and so forth.
Side note: The list of importance will definitely vary from person-to-person. For me, finding guided meditations may seem more important but to you maybe working on waking up earlier seems more important. You just gotta find what works best for you, so that you feel more motivated to put it into action!
STEP 4: RE-EVALUATE YOUR GOALS
Life happens. In a perfect world, we would be 100% devoted to and focused on reaching our goals, and maybe some of you are (go you!). Sometimes we may miss a deadline that we set for ourselves. That’s okay! This is where re-evaluating your goals comes in. I think of it as a time to hit “refresh” on your goal-achieving journey.
You may need to completely re-evaluate your goals that you have already set for yourself and worked towards reaching, or you may just need to tweak some things here and there. Depending on your goal, you will want to re-evaluate as necessary.
They say it takes anywhere from 1-2 months to truly form a habit. So, in order to keep myself on track for reaching my goal of making meditation a habitual part of my morning routine, I may decide to re-evaluate my goal every 2 weeks and adjust as necessary.
If you create a year-long goal for yourself, you might want to consider re-evaluating and checking in with how you are doing with your goals every month or so. Good luck!
How do you stay on track to achieving your set goals?
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