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How are you? I hope you are doing well! I wanted to share a post today a little bit more about how I set and achieve my goals. I wrote a post a few weeks back on how to stay motivated. In that post, I briefly touched on goal-setting, and the response was huge! I had a few of you reach out to me that the tips were helpful. I recognize that in this extremely fast-paced society in which we are all trying to get ahead, goal setting is imperative to master! I’d love to help assist y’all in reaching your goals.
Today, I’m sharing with you my foolproof way on how to set and achieve realistic goals!
1.) Keep it realistic
I can’t tell you how many times I have made goals that were completely unrealistic….To get a 4.0 in college, to be filthy rich by the age of 25, to get a 6-pack, I could go on and on! LOL. Many of you mentioned in the comment section in my last blog about motivation how you feel taunted by your to-do list. I shared how important it is to break your list down into smaller, baby lists! The same goes with goals. It’s important to keep them realistic! Set goals that you KNOW you can achieve, because nothing feels worse than failing – TRUST ME. For example, if your goal is to reach a certain amount of money in your savings by the end of the year, but you know you are buying a house, chances are you may not reach your goal! Don’t set yourself up for failure.
2.) Set SMART Goals
Goals should be:
T –Time bound.
What does this mean? First of all, your goals should be clearly defined. Have a specific purpose. Don’t just set a goal to “do well in statistics class.” Set a goal, such as, “I will earn a B or higher at the end of the semester in my statistics class.”
In addition, goals should be measureable. Use variables to specifically measure how you are meeting your progress. For example, take again the goal of doing well in statistics class. Set weekly deadlines for yourself to study, submit your assignments in on time, and complete your online quizzes. This allows you to break down the variables and physically measure your success.
Keep those goals attainable. Don’t completely squash your confidence by setting a goal to earn a 4.0 in college if you know that you will not be able to accomplish this. (I learned this one the hard way, ha!)
Relevancy refers to how relevant the goals are to your success. How will this goal help you in the future? How is it meaningful for you? Make sure your goals are aligning with your personal, career, and financial aspirations. Don’t waste time over goals that truly don’t matter. For example, I will probably never set a goal to have my basement organized. As much as I’d love for an uncluttered basement, I don’t have time to commit to this goal, nor is it really important to me in the grand scheme of things. I’m not in my basement often, and I can learn to let go of that unrealistic expectation!
Lastly, goals should be time- bound. Make sure you are setting deadlines and are mindful of when dates are approaching! That is why I added “….at the end of the semester… to the statistics goal example.
3.) Keep a Goal Journal
I’ve said this at least a hundred times in this blog, but a goal is merely just a wish if it is not in writing. I like to keep a goal journal. Why? It helps me stay on task, track dates, and motivate me. I particularly love the SELF Journal from the BestSelf Co. The SELF Journal helps organize and align the tactical day-to-day tasks with larger life goals. It helps you craft 3-month goals in order to create long year or lifetime goals. It breaks down these goals into measureable chunks to keep you on the right path. In addition, it allows you to make a daily action plan to understand what action steps need to be taken each day to reach you goals. I love it because it helps me not feel so overwhelmed when goal setting!
4.) Break Them Down
As I mentioned above, breaking down those goals is critical for your success. You will be extremely overwhelmed if you try to tackle your goal all at once! Break your goals down into time constraints and tiny tasks that build up to one big task, such as turning in your weekly assignments in order to get a B in statistics class.
5.) Celebrate Your Successes!
Whoop whoop! You go girl! Celebrate your successes after reaping the rewards of reaching your goal! I’ve been telling my friends that as soon as my semester is over, we are going to get our nails done. (That has been my only goal this semester- to just make it through! LOL). But in all seriousness, you deserve to celebrate all of your hard work! It makes the process so much more rewarding.
There you have it! This is my foolproof goal-setting formula. As you can see, achieving goals certainly isn’t easy, but it is my hope that by breaking down your goals into measureable bits, you will kill them! Don’t allow the overall goal to overwhelm you! You’ve got this, babes!
As for me, I just started a 6 week health challenge today, so I’m feeling as motivated as ever to kill my goals!
What is one goal you are currently striving to achieve?
Leave me a note in the comments below!