Updated: Sep 14, 2020
Have you ever gone to the grocery store without a list? It’s a mess. Without my list I’m up and down each aisle then back, only to get to the checkout to realize what I actually came for in the first place wasn’t even in my cart! ⠀
When we set goals in our life and write them down for us to see and refer to, they’re like that grocery store list - they give us something to work towards and keep us on track. When you know what you're working towards, I promise you’re going to work just a little bit harder. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short term motivation. If you’re going to write stuff down to be successful in your grocery store trip, why not write stuff down to be successful in your life?
Your goals don’t have to be extensive or hard but focus on making them specific, attainable, and realistic. Take time to evaluate and reflect on your lessons and accomplishments, then look ahead to find your vision to allow you to create and set your goals. Today I'm sharing simple steps to setting goals to get you going towards what you're wanting to accomplish.
Determine what you want to achieve - these can be little or big, goals come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t have to be extensive or hard, focus on making them specific, attainable, and realistic.
Break down how you will get there - This step is the most detailed step and often overlooked. Think about a cake recipe, each step is precisely outlined to guide you to the final outcome, the same is true with our goals. After determining your goals, work backward to create your action plan. For example, if losing weight is your goal how will you get there? The action plan may contain eating healthier (but don’t stop there), how are you going to eat healthier? what are you going to eat? Maybe being active is also part of the plan, when? 5 days a week, how? by going to the gym and running for 20 minutes and lifting weights for 20 minutes - You get my drift. Plan out every single aspect of what it will take to hit your goal as if it were a recipe to ensure the most success.
Write it down - not only do I write my goals out, I like to also create a goal or vision board to act as a visual for what I’m working to achieve, this helps me to visualize the goal and the feelings I will experience when I reach the goal plus it helps me to not lose sight of what I’m working towards. Be sure to have your goals in a place that is visible and easy for you to see each day.
Do one thing each day that brings you closer to your goals - when your goals are clearly identified and you have an action plan to map out how you’ll reach them, it’s very easy to stay focused on doing at least one action per day to keep you in line with what you want to accomplish. This will help to keep you on track to not be distracted by things that are not in line with your goals.
Keep Going - it’s not always smooth sailing, some days may be easier than others, you may be motivated differently throughout the journey to reach the goal, however when you have an action plan it will be the guide to help you continue to take the necessary steps towards your goal even when it’s hard, to ensure you don’t give up. (Check out the post on 8 Keys to Never Giving Up)
Celebrate - progress is worth celebrating, take the time to celebrate your little wins on the path to accomplishing your goals, this will add extra motivation to keep you going and staying consistent. Sometimes I like to attach ‘something’ to my goal if I wanna have a little fun, treat myself or if I know I need the extra boost. If my goal is to lose 5lbs., I might purchase a top I’ve had my eye on when I reach my goal. Keeping it new, keeping it exciting and celebrating little and big successes, will keep you motivated and focused.
Your goals are meant to serve as your “grocery list” they give us something to work towards and keep us on track. When you know what you're working towards, I promise you’re going to work just a little bit harder. Let your goals challenge you to become what you dream to be.
You’ve got the power! xo