Its a new year which means we all get to reevaluate our goals and where we are in life! Setting goals is something our household does quite often. I am a strong believer if you do not have a goal, time line and a way to get there, you will have an extremely hard time getting to where you want to be in life. I am ready to take on 2017 head on and crush my goals, both personal and career. What a better time to show you guys how I set my goals then the beginning of a new year!
We all have goals
We all have goals whether they are personal or career goals, we all want to accomplish something big this year. Do you want to get your dream body? Move up in your career? Be a better mom and wife? Whatever it is you want to do this year, make sure deep down in your heart that it is what you want. Setting goals based on what everyone else is doing or what you think you might want will never lead you to success. Dig deep, take some time to think about what you want to be able to say you accomplished at the end of 2017. Ok, so now that we have covered how to pick the perfect goal, lets move onto how we can achieve them!
How to crush your goals
Set a realistic time line of when you can complete this goal. If you are wanting to lose 30 pounds be realistic about how long it is going to take; you are not going to complete this in a month. Picking a timeline to complete your goal is crucial to being successful, it can make or break your goal. If my goal is to lose 30 pounds (which it is) and I wanted to lose it in one or two months, I would be crushed when the date came and I was only down 8 – 10. HELLO, no one can lose 30 pounds in a month and be healthy. I have personally picked the end of April to hit my goals, 16 weeks. Reaching my goal will not happen over night and neither will yours, set a timeline you know you can achieve.
What are you going to do
Writing out a detailed list of what you are going to do to get to your goal is a must. I know it is silly that I have to say this but I didn’t know how important it was when I first started setting goals, so I will assume you don’t either. If you are wanting to save money, how are you going to do it? Will you skip that five dollar coffee every morning or will you stop getting a pedicure every two weeks? If you want to lose weight, are you going to work out three, five or seven days a week? Will you start eating health six days a week? Be specific, lay out how you are going to reach your goal. Start small with one thing and next month add in the other parts to achieving it. Don’t say you will never eat candy again, try not eating it for two weeks at first. Do not over do it with ten things you have to do, little things add up to big results over time.
Setting mini goals along your journey can help you reach the final goal. 16 weeks seems like forever when you are setting a goal, so I set mini goals for myself. I want to lose 8 pounds by February and another 8 pounds by February 26. Setting these mini goals keeps me pushing and doesn’t seem so overwhelming. Break your goal down, if you want to save 10,000 this year, save 500 by the end of January, 1500 by the end of February etc. Before I learned to set smaller goals along the way, I always felt so overwhelmed with how big the number seemed or how long it would take me to get there. Now I stay focused on the smaller goal and breeze through it with ease.
Treat yourself along the way
I plan a “treat” or gift to give myself once I hit my mini goals. It may be a new pair of running shoes, a pedicure, drinks with the girls, a new book or whatever you chose. I pick things I really want at that time, something that I will work my ass of to have. Give yourself that extra push and incentive to hit that mini goal and do not give in or buy it until you reach it!
Reevaluate your goals
Always reevaluate your goals. Make sure they are still attainable, adjust them if you have to. You are going to mess up, you will fall off the wagon but you have to jump back on no matter how bad you think you messed up. Goals are not set in stone, you have to learn to be flexible and realistic. Along the way you may learn you don’t want to be skinny but healthy and strong or you don’t want that position in your job anymore but desire another, reevaluate you goals and adjust them to fit where you are in your life. You are not a failure by doing so, I promise. Life happens.
Everyone has a way to crush their goals, for some like me this works and for others it won’t. No matter what steps you take to get there just reach your goals! It is a new year to do new things, accomplish your goals and live a life you absolutely love! Get out there and do it!
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